Tigo Energy, a Silicon Valley based global leader in optimization and monitoring solutions for solar panel arrays, has announced the compatibility of its DC-to-DC systems with the NeoVolta NV14 home solar battery. On April 22, 2020, Tigo certified that four of its products performed seamlessly with the NV14 in standard testing environments: the TS4-O and TS4-A-O optimization modules and the TS4-S and TS4-A-S rapid shutdown and monitoring modules.
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Tigo’s smart technologies track solar production and boost the performance and efficiency of a DC solar array. Its UL-certified rapid shutdown solutions reduce electrical shock hazards for emergency responders.
Like Tigo, San Diego based NeoVolta delivers safety and high performance. The NV14 home solar storage system has a higher capacity (14.4 kilowatt-hours) and discharges more power (7.7 kilowatts) than most competitors in its class. Its advanced battery chemistry uses lithium iron phosphate, which has been proven to be safer, cleaner, and longer-lasting than ordinary lithium ion. For its high capacity and safe, long-lasting battery, the NV14 was named one of Solar Power World’s Top Solar Storage Products for 2019.
NeoVolta batteries can be installed with any residential solar system, AC or DC. However, installing a battery with DC solar is 11% to 20% more efficient than pairing it with AC solar, which requires multiple stages of power conversion. Over ten years, this translates to approximately $3,000 in efficiency savings. Also, AC solar costs between $3,000–$4,000 to install. For a DC installation with Tigo’s rapid shutdown and optimization modules, that cost is approximately $1,200, for an additional savings of $1,800–$2,800.
“Tigo is one of the most trusted names in PV technology, so this is a very important certification for us,” said NeoVolta CEO Brent Willson. “Because the NeoVolta NV14 storage system is compatible with Tigo’s DC optimization and monitoring modules, homeowners who combine the two will enjoy many years of peak performance, savings, and safety.”