A new 30kW photovoltaic converter was displayed at the DOE’s SunShot Challenge Forum held in Denver last week and it has the potential of being a game changer in the solar industry particularly because it lowers the Balance of System (BOS) costs of commercial solar systems.
From Robert Bowen, Colorado Green Energy Examiner
Reducing the system costs of solar energy is a major focus of the Department of Energy, and that subject received a great deal of attention at the SunShot Forum. The system cost of solar energy is coming down, but it has a ways to go to reach the DOE’s goal of grid parity with gas. The cost of solar modules themselves has dropped significantly–75% since 2007.Other system costs have not. The SunShot Challenge is working on that.
This new American-made technology is a 30kW photovoltaic inverter developed by Ideal Power Converters (IPC) out of Austin, Texas. The product conforms to UL standard 1741 and has been certified by the California Energy Commission (CEC). I sat down with the company’s vice-president of business development Paul Bundschuh at the SunShot Challenge Forum. MORE …