Escondido, California – A residence in Escondido has been approved by San Diego Gas & Electric to operate the latest technology in solar electric as well as solar thermal systems by Photon Solar Power, Inc. The house features 26 multi-crystalline photovoltaic modules by aleo solar North America that are embedded with SolarEdge Technologies’ PowerBox DC to DC power optimizers enabling optimized Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) for each module. Unlike traditional photovoltaic installations, this PV system combines the optimization, monitoring and safety shutdown of the individual module, while centralizing key functions such as DC to AC conversion and communication with the utility. Having achieved an unsurpassed 97.5% efficiency rating, SolarEdge DC-AC solar inverters gain recognition as the most efficient single-phase inverters in the US. “We are proud to be confirmed as America’s most efficient single-phase solar inverter,” said John Berdner, SolarEdge General Manager for North America. “It is part of our commitment to our customers world-wide to supply the most efficient, safe, reliable and cost effective PV systems,” he added.
The high efficiency of the SolarEdge PV inverters means not only more power to all users, but also higher incentive payments for system owners in the US, as some incentive calculation methods are directly related to the California Energy Commisions’s (CEC) inverter efficiency rating.
Being the first grid interconnected SolarEdge installation in the United States, the project has raised a lot of interest among the local solar professionals. “We are excited to have partnered with SolarEdge on this project. We see great benefits from this optimized system, and are pleased to be the first installer in the United States to offer this technology to our customers,” says Pekka Laine, President of Photon Solar Power Inc., the solar contractor and integrator for the project. “This is going to be a showcase project for Photon Solar Power in the San Diego area,” he adds.
Also featured in Photon Solar Power’s Escondido project is the latest solar pool heating system and domestic hot water system based on high-efficiency solar thermal collectors supplied by Vaillant Solar Systems. “These collectors are great performers in the mild San Diego climate,” says Dr. Burkhard von Spreckelsen, President of Vaillant Solar Systems, Inc. “This energy-efficient system is using a titanium plate-and-frame heat exchanger that transfers the solar thermal energy via a closed-loop system instead of having to pump the chlorinated pool water on the roof, therefore eliminating leaks on your roof down the road associated with the traditional non-glazed solar pool heaters,” he adds.
Established in 2008, Photon Solar Power Inc. is a renewable energy services company engaged in the design, integration and installation of solar power systems and other renewable energy solutions to residential, commercial and government customers with offices in Escondido, California and Golden, Colorado. As an installer, Mr. Laine is excited about the prospects offered by the San Diego market for the SolarEdge and Vaillant systems. He states, “If you are planning to install leading edge solar systems in Southern California or Colorado, we have a great team in place to take care of the entire process. Our team consists of professionals who can help you design, build and even finance your solar system.
For more information about the solar systems installed by Photon Solar Power Inc., please call Photon Solar Power Inc. at 1-888-SUN-ACDC (1-888-786-2232) or visit www.PhotonSolarPower.com. For SolarEdge Technologies Inc., please contact John Berdner at 530-277-4894. For Vaillant Solar Systems, Inc., please call 858-259-0305. For aleo solar North America, visit www.aleo-solar.com
About Photon Solar Power Inc.
Photon Solar Power Inc. is a renewable energy services company engaged in the design, integration and installation of solar power systems and other renewable energy solutions to residential, commercial and government customers with offices in Escondido, California and Golden, Colorado. Photon Solar Power Inc. has in-house engineering staff and employs NABCEP certified installers. For more information visit www.PhotonSolarPower.com
SolarEdge provides the world’s first end-to-end Distributed Solar Power Harvesting and PV monitoring solution, allowing maximum energy production at a lower cost. The company works with industry-leading partners to embed its active electronics directly into PV panels. The SolarEdge PowerBoxes™ are DC-DC power optimizers that perform MPPT per individual panel while monitoring performance of each panel and communicating across existing power lines. Moreover, PowerBoxes always maintain a fixed DC string voltage, allowing optimal efficiency of the SolarEdge PV inverter, which is tailor made to work with power optimizers. As a result, the SolarEdge system provides more power from any given installation, eliminates design constraints, provides complete panel-level and whole-system visibility for monitoring and maintenance alerts, solves all safety hazards and provides anti-theft mechanisms, all while reducing the cost of energy. For more information, visit www.solaredge.com.
About Vaillant Solar Systems
Vaillant Solar Systems manufactures solar thermal systems that provide solar hot water for your home, pool, or commercial building. By combining advanced German-engineered technology with American design and installation, Vaillant Solar helps you cut your utility bills, reduce your carbon footprint, and increase the value of your property. For more information, visit www.vaillantsolarsystems.com