SMA joined forces with more than 200 other solar workers for CALSEIA and The Alliance for Solar Choice’s third-annual Solar Worker Day at the California State Capitol. Dressed in bright yellow shirts to show the size of our collective voice, solar workers from across the state met with legislators from each district to educate members of the economic and environmental values of rooftop solar.
The long haul
Perhaps the most concerning aspect of most module-level power electronics is that long-term reliability has not been established—most companies are too young to prove reliability. Without sufficient operating history, Enphase and SolarEdge can’t confirm how their devices will perform over their estimated useful life, leaving O&M a guessing game.
Time is money
Now that we’ve covered some of the technical differences between module-level power electronics and the Sunny Boy TL-US with Secure Power Supply, it’s time to discuss potential financial implications of choosing Enphase micro inverters or SolarEdge power optimizer systems.
In 2006, Mike Strizki converted his Hopewell, New Jersey home to run exclusively on solar and hydrogen power. As the only house of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, Strizki’s revolutionary home has become an educational center and real-world example of integrating clean energy technology to provide the power needs for the typical American household. It has hosted students, professionals, government officials and foreign dignitaries alike, all of whom were looking to learn from Strizki’s research and system development.