Intertek confirmed that the samples of SolarEdge inverters it tested to meet the requirements have in fact now done so. SolarEdge single-phase smart inverters are Rule 21 ready and support 12 advanced inverter features. The company’s smart inverters now offers advanced inverter functions to the mainland US Market and have already brought functionality similar to Rule 21 to markets such as Germany, Italy, England, Australia, Hawaii, and Japan.
“The SolarEdge single-phase inverters are the first inverters we have confirmed to meet the UL 1741 SA draft requirements” stated Sunny Rai, Vice President of Renewable Energy at Intertek. “Intertek is proud to work with leading companies like SolarEdge to advance the PV industry through smart inverter functionality, which supports improved grid resiliency and enables more PV integration.”
Research Engineer Andy Hoke of the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) added that Hawaii, with some of the highest PV penetration in the US, is increasingly looking to smart inverters for grid management solutions. To meet this growing challenge, NREL worked with SolarEdge to test their products as part of Hawaiian Electric’s advanced inverter testing programme.
By meeting the advanced inverter requirements, SolarEdge’s optimised inverters enable utilities to build in higher levels of PV solar generation. SolarEdge inverters that meet this requirement will be installed with the label of “Grid Support Utility Interactive Inverter” and will provide smart inverter features to residential PV system owners.
According to Lior Handelsman, VP Marketing and Product Strategy of SolarEdge, with PV inverters taking on an expanded role in energy management, they are continually acting as the solar energy system’s brain by controlling monitoring, storage, communications, and smart grid interactions. Meeting this smart inverter requirement has enabled SolarEdge to maintain its leading position in developing next generation tech.
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