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Latest and Greatest Solar Tech from Solar Power International (SPI) 2019
September 27, 2019
Our team just returned from a very exciting trip to the Solar Power International 2019 convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. We toured the floor and got a glimpse of many cool and innovative solar technology, networked, and listened in on some great speakers. Speaking of cool solar technology, Patrick and Rex will discuss four new solar technology products they discovered at the event that are worth mentioning.
Every year, over 19,000 visitors, 700+ exhibitors, and 500+ speakers collectively gather together at the largest energy event in North America. Powered by Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), SPI aims to center the conversation around solar trends and new solar technology. Here are four technologies (in no particular order) the team at Pick My Solar is excited to share with you:
1. REC Solar Alpha Series
REC Solar joins the high wattage and high efficiency space with its new Alpha Series and currently holds the title for the highest powered 60-cell solar panel. With capabilities of reaching 380W, these panels can produce over 20% more energy. We’re unsure of its exact price point, but we can tell you that it continues to deliver low-priced panels especially given its expected 25 year warranty and high efficiency panels.
2. Span.IO: Smarter Electrical Panel
Arch Rao, Former Head of Product at Tesla, launches Span.IO’s residential smart electrical panel. It feels as though we are entering the digital space as we learn about products like this new electrical panel. The panel essentially would replace your home’s electrical panel and has the capability of backing up all the circuits in your home, controls what you want to switch on and off, and much more – and yes, you can monitor it via a smartphone app. With its automation system, Span can learn more about your home habits and identify patterns of your electricity usage so you know where you can save.
3. SolarEdge: World’s First EV Charging Solar Inverter
The SolarEdge 2-in-1 EV charger AND solar inverter is a new technology that is capable of charging electric vehicles six times faster than a standard Level 1 charger. How? It uses the solar boost mode which utilizes both the grid and solar power. How’s that for efficiency? With a 2-in-1 product like this, rest assured that your installation costs and CO2 footprint will be reduced.
4. LG NeON R ACe Solar Panel with Integrated Microinverters
The last product we want to highlight is LG’s new AC solar module with integrated microinverters, the LG NeON R ACe solar panel. That’s right, the new LG ACe panel has a built-in microinverter that is sleek and small enough to fit on the back of your panel. As we all know, LG manufacturers many home appliances – so it was just a matter of time for it to begin manufacturing its own fully integrated microinverter.
That’s all the update we have from this year’s Solar Power International! We can’t wait to discover more innovative solar technology at next year’s event in Anaheim, California!
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