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In the past year, US residential PV system sizes have grown by an average of 20 percent from a 5kW system to a 6kW system. Meanwhile, PV system prices have dropped by about 10 cents/watt per quarter. What is the best way for a solar company to weather these transitions? Our analysis into this question has yielded some amazing results and an opportunity for solar companies to boost profits by as much as 30 percent!
We are excited to put away the party hats and noise makers and get back to work helping installers in the New Year. A new year is a moment to analyze the road traveled and the pathway forward. Let’s take a look at 2014’s most popular resolutions and see how SolarEdge can help you achieve your goals. Think of SolarEdge as your personal trainer/financial consultant that will guide you on your journey to success.
Hi! My name is Ariel. I started working at SolarEdge about 10 months ago and this was my first time shooting the holiday clip. I had a great time participating and I would love to share some of my experiences with you...
Hello! My name is Josh. I have been at SolarEdge for about 1 year. I had a great experience taking part in this year's clip and I want to share some highlights from shooting...
One thing I can say about the music for this year’s video, the decision to go with Gangnam Style was easy and almost unanimous. So we had a song and we had a concept – we wanted to do the solar dance, something fun and happy that everyone can relate to. We also knew we want it to include SolarEdge employees only. No professional actors, singers, dancers. But then we thought – seriously? We don’t have employees that are actors, singers, dancers. Will our engineers, salesmen and operation staff be willing to participate? Will they manage to do it nicely?
"A major advantage of the SolarEdge system is this: with snow accumulation on the panels, conventional string inverter production will be significantly compromised; with the SolarEdge system, those panels not affected by snow coverage can continue at full production. This has much the same advantage as we see with microinverter systems but at a lower cost as we deploy larger systems and realize a higher energy yield. I'm looking at deploying many more systems using SolarEdge technologies for years to come." George denHaan, Professional Engineer and owner of Sashaan Solar, Toronto ~ www.sashaan.com
What an exciting show for SolarEdge at Intersolar Europe 2012 in Munich, Germany. The months of preparation for Intersolar were busy, preparing the new product offerings, designing a booth that will accommodate all our needs, unveiling the new homepage and submitting the nomination for the Intersolar Award for Innovation in the Photovoltaic category.
I have been working at SolarEdge for a few months now as an electrical engineer. I noticed that at SolarEdge tight schedules and piles of responsibilities didn’t seem to come at the expense of a fun working environment, clearly generated by its employees. I understood that this environment was the real engine driving the company forward. It might be inappropriate for an engineer like myself to say, but it is the most powerful engine I know.
The team at SolarEdge got a solar treat yesterday when Mr. Louis Palmer and his Solartaxi decided to pay us a visit at our Israel based office. Employees got very excited as Mr. Palmer and his solar cell powered car pulled into the entrance of the Hod Hasharon high-tech zone. The lunchtime visit gave the team a chance to take a closer look at the eco-friendly vehicle and a few lucky ones even got to take the car for a test drive.
The massive presence of exhibitors from the PV market at this year’s EcoBuild exhibition speaks volumes of the UK PV market’s newfound growth. SolarEdge brings to the UK the technology that addresses the challenges facing the segment most favored by the fresh FiT.
With the holiday season upon us and SolarEdge celebrating its 4th anniversary, we decided to send our partners, colleagues and friends a special greeting. Something that will represent the spirit and values of the company, and will bring big smiles to the faces of those who receive it.
SolarEdge wishes you a happy holiday season and plenty of love that comes from the sun!
In 1880 Margarete Steiff founded the famous German plush toy company Steiff, which was, and still is, distinguished by its high quality products and high prices. In 1902 Steiff invented the teddy bear of which it manufactured 974,000 copies right away. Today, a century later, most of the worldwide plush toy demand is met by Asian companies and sold at more affordable prices. The process which Steiff and the like experienced over the course of a century was experienced by photovoltaic module manufacturing companies within a decade
An issue sparking much debate in recent years is that of climate change. On the one hand we have Al Gore and the majority of scientists saying we must do something before it’s too late, on the other hand we have the skeptics who say there is no climate change, and in between we have people saying climate change is real but not man-made, or people who are altogether indifferent.
With 14.6 GW of solar installations worldwide just this year, solar power has never been more popular. As new countries pass legislation to open up more markets to PV installations, the life of an installer becomes busier and busier. To combat the hectic schedules, SolarEdge developed 3 tools for its installers: the Site Design, Mapping and Configuration Tools.
Mr. Eitan Reem who lives in the peaceful Kfar Vradim village in northern Israel, wanted to join the constantly increasing community of home owners and farmers who install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on their roofs. He approached Solgal Energy, one of the leading PV installers in Israel who reviewed the house’s position and design and recommended the installation of a 4kW system on the southern façade of the roof. The Israeli FiT allows installation of systems up to 15kW on residential roofs, which prompted Dov Kotlar, Solgal’s CEO, to examine the possibility of utilizing the entire roof area to install a maximum capacity system.
In recent posts we spoke about fire risks associated with PV systems and about the attractiveness of PV systems to thieves. Well, we’d like to mention one more menace… electric arcs.
Wow! It has been a fantastic show! The last few weeks were quite hectic with preparations and excitement towards the Intersolar Europe exhibition in Munich. As soon as we got there we instantly switched gear from intense behind-the-scenes office work to round-the-clock face to face sessions with new and old customers and friends.
So by now almost everybody knows why solar energy is good (e.g. these 10 good reasons), but not many consider the potential risks related to traditional PV installations. It is important to remember that DC voltage is generated by PV panels as long as the sun is up, even when grid power is down.
Installing a PV solar system is an exciting opportunity to get energy from a free and natural energy source - our sun. But are we really getting the maximum power out of our PV installation?
Recently we’ve been privileged to take part in bringing light into people's lives in one of the world’s poorest regions. I just returned from a trip to Uganda with JHA, an American NGO that brings sustainable technologies to rural African villages. Please review a photo journal of our mission inside this blog entry
So we have a new blog, and we told you about our experiences from PV conferences around the globe, but we didn’t take the time yet, to explain who we are and what we do. To get all these answers you will have to keep following our blog, but I would like to start with a short but comprehensive description of the SolarEdge system and its benefits.
I spent the end of last week in sunny Phoenix Arizona at the 3rd Annual AEE Solar Dealer Conference. Emphasis on sunny, as I had to shed 3 layers of clothing upon arrival, after flying in from the freezing East coast.
I’ve spent three sunlit days last week in Eilat-Eilot 3rd International Renewable Energy Conference & Exhibition. Over 2,000 visitors from around the globe flocked to one of the sunniest places on Earth, including Israeli and foreign ministers, European and US renewables policy makers, PV experts and financial leaders, executives from global solar companies and local innovative start-ups.
Welcome to the new SolarEdge blog! We have started this blog in order to provide you with refreshing perspective on PV market news, trends and innovations. We are also going to use this platform to have our best experts share their experiences, ideas and knowledge of the global PV arena. Please feel free to share with us your thoughts and impressions of our posts, to post comments and to raise questions.