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OutBack Power and altE Store Team Up to Teach Massachusetts Solar Installers and Residents about Home Energy Storage

 

New Massachusetts law makes the state the third to mandate energy storage; OutBack and AltE are offering their first free class on October 11th in Boxborough.

 

Arlington, Wash. – October 4, 2016 – OutBack Power Technologies, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of advanced renewable energy systems and products, is teaming up with altE Store, a premiere solar electric distributor and reseller in Boxborough, Mass., to provide a class on October 11 that will help solar installers and interested homeowners learn about energy storage technologies and systems to better equip them for Massachusetts’ new law, H. 4568, signed by Governor Charlie Baker on August 8th. The law on energy diversity allows users to store and discharge energy as needed instead of purchasing or generating more expensive energy during times of peak demand.

 

H. 4568 was created as a comprehensive energy bill following the example of California and Oregon in setting energy storage targets to enhance the value of renewable electricity generation in those states. The Massachusetts law also defines the role of utilities with energy storage. As explained by Judith Judson, commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources upon the bill’s signing into law

 

[E]nergy storage technology has the potential to be a game changer for the Massachusetts energy market, further cementing our place as a national clean energy leader. By pairing renewable energy resources with energy storage technology, this legislation will allow the Commonwealth to lower energy costs for ratepayers, shave our peak demand energy usage, and reduce our state’s carbon emissions.

 

To make that potential a reality, altE Store in Boxborough, Mass. and off-grid industry leader OutBack Power will offer a free class on home energy storage for both solar professionals as well as interested home and small business owners. “Get Ready for the Future of Energy Storage Technology in Massachusetts” will cover all the essentials, including.

  • Battery technologies
  • Introduction to battery-based PV systems - How are they different?
  • Sizing and selecting the right system for the application - what you need to know
  • Questions, answers and next steps

 

This free class will take place on Tuesday, October 11, from 9:00am-Noon at the Holiday Inn, 242 Adams Place, Boxborough, Mass. 01719. Those interested can sign up online here.

 

OutBack Power developed its expertise in the demanding off-grid world, and used that to perfect its Grid/Hybrid technology, which assists the developed world in achieving energy independence and security,” noted Mark Cerasuolo, director of training and marketing for the brand. “In that respect, the same products powering net-zero office buildings in India and a winery in Oregon are ideal for the Bay State’s needs, where there is a lot of solar deployed—about 400 projects every week—and outages due to bad weather have been increasing. During Hurricane Sandy, in fact, Massachusetts was already number 4 in the ‘top 10 solar states’ according to the Solar Electric Industries Association, with enough PV to power nearly 40,000 homes—yet almost all of that electricity potential was stranded on the rooftop without energy storage on-hand to make it useable after the grids went down.

 

Continued Cerasuolo, “With the new storage-friendly legislation signed in the state, we’re looking forward to working with altE Store in bringing the solution to homeowners and installers. With behind-the-meter storage, they can self-consume all the solar electricity they can produce to offset their utility costs, day and night, as well as power through protracted outages and emergencies. Energy storage’s time has come in Massachusetts—which is why we’re coming there in early October to help altE Store spread the word.

 

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About OutBack Power Technologies

OutBack Power Technologies, a member of The Alpha Group, is the leading designer and manufacturer of advanced power electronics for renewable energy, back-up power and mobile applications. Founded in 2001 with an emphasis on product performance and innovation, OutBack is now a brand leader in the renewables industry, backed by the resources of the 40 year-old Alpha Group. OutBack is established as the first choice of professionals designing systems for harsh environmental conditions and applications where reliability is paramount. Whether the application is village micro-grids in Africa, rural electrification projects in Latin America, remote off-grid cabins in Alaska, or a suburban home in Southern California, OutBack Power Technologies has set the bar for delivering advanced power conversion electronics. OutBack products and systems are sold through a network of distributors serving advanced solar installers around the globe. Famous for its legendary power electronics, OutBack is also a leader in the rapidly-growing field of energy storage for PV systems. For more information, please visit www.outbackpower.com.

 

About altE Store

altE was founded in 1999 by three impassioned engineers focused on bringing renewable energy to the web and to the DIY enthusiast by reducing the costs of green energy systems and revealing the truths of how home-based solar and wind energy systems can be designed and installed. They set out to build an online community and support that community with extensive, free educational materials, competitive pricing, knowledgeable staff and unbounded enthusiasm. Today, altE provides customers with a select choice of renewable energy brands as well as quality renewable energy training. The retail arm, altE Store services Do-It-Yourselfers, Off-Grid'ers, hobbyists, and students with superb knowledge and friendly service, while the wholesale division, altE Direct, provides personal service and expertise to professional installers and system integrators.

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OutBack Power Launches Energy Platform Breakthrough, SkyBox

 

SkyBox, FLEXmax Ultra 300V charge controller debut provides customers with a wider range of renewable energy system design tools.

 

Arlington, Wash. – September 6, 2016 – OutBack Power Technologies, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of advanced power electronics for renewable energy, backup power and mobile applications, will launch new additions to its line of renewable energy products at Solar Power International (SPI) convention September 12-15, 2016 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The company’s energy storage and management solutions—leading with the new SkyBox True Hybrid Energy System will help solar installers and users meet the challenge of integrating renewable energy generation with storage.

SkyBox makes smart solar simple with an advanced technology single-box design, and represents a breakthrough in the field of advanced power conversion, processing and control.

 

SkyBox gives users more value for their renewable energy investment—both up-front through simplified design and installation, and, over the long-term, through the ability to ‘see’ a higher return on that investment through greater control over how they make, store and manage their energy,” explained Drew Zogby, president of Alpha Technologies (OutBack’s parent company). “Breakthroughs such as SkyBox truly demonstrate how our proven ‘mastery of the off-grid’ translates into not only being the ‘first choice for the new grid’ but in some cases the only choice—in our booth at SPI we’ll be exhibiting capabilities that no other single brand can currently offer.

 

For solar professionals, OutBack expects SkyBox to revolutionize the process of designing and installing PV/solar systems with energy storage.“We asked leading solar installers to imagine their ‘wish list’ for the perfect power conversion platform ahead of developing SkyBox” said Steve Karaffa, senior vice-president/energy & industrial for the Alpha Group. "Based on their input, we re-invented the concept using all-new digital technology to create an all-in-one unit with superior efficiency and features for end-users, while reducing installation time, cost and complexity for installers—and in a compact form-factor engineered for quiet, trouble-free operation."

 

Continued Karaffa, "Our unique SkyBox architecture will save installers time and increase system owner satisfaction. Most important, SkyBox provides system designers with unprecedented flexibility—they can literally install now, figure out energy storage later. SkyBox is flexible and intelligent enough to work with current and future energy storage technologies and configurations, and can even be commissioned and operated prior to battery installation."

 

OutBack’s new FLEXmax Ultra 300V charge controller continues the trend of making system operation simpler for installers. It also reduces system installation time, cost and complexity, with key safety features such as arc-fault and ground-fault built-in. The higher power rating also making it possible to design systems with longer solar panel “strings” with fewer components.

 

Enhancements were also made to OutBack’s trusted OPTICS control and monitoring technology, which provides sophisticated energy flow metrics at-a-glance. The enhancements include the addition of solar “fleet” management for users with multiple systems, in campus or micro-grid applications. All of OutBack’s innovations are designed with residential energy independence in mind, providing homeowners and installers with reliable, “future-proof” technology to ensure a high return on investment regardless of changing regulatory policies and energy scenarios.

 

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About OutBack Power Technologies

OutBack Power Technologies, a member of The Alpha Group, is the leading designer and manufacturer of advanced power electronics for renewable energy, back-up power and mobile applications. Founded in 2001 with an emphasis on product performance and innovation, OutBack is now a brand leader in the renewables industry, backed by the resources of the 40 year-old Alpha Group. OutBack is established as the first choice of professionals designing systems for harsh environmental conditions and applications where reliability is paramount. Whether the application is village micro-grids in Africa, rural electrification projects in Latin America, remote off-grid cabins in Alaska, or a suburban home in Southern California, OutBack Power Technologies has set the bar for delivering advanced power conversion electronics. OutBack products and systems are sold through a network of distributors serving advanced solar installers around the globe. Famous for its legendary power electronics, OutBack is also a leader in the rapidly-growing field of energy storage for PV systems. For more information, please visit www.outbackpower.com.

 

 

 

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OutBack Power and HiQ Solar Introduce the ProHarvest Line for Commercial Solar Installations

 

A joint development between the Silicon Valley solar innovator and the industry leader in off-grid, hybrid and energy storage systems provides assurance, bankability for commercial solar projects

 

Arlington, Wash. – July 12, 2016 – OutBack Power Technologies, Inc., a leader in off-grid and Grid/Hybrid renewable energy products and systems, announced the next milestone in its partnership with HiQ Solar, an innovator in 3-phase power-conversion technology for commercial and industrial solar applications: ProHarvest by OutBack Power. The new brand will be offered by OutBack’s direct sales group through selected distribution sales partners, while HiQ Solar will continue to work with its project partners. Furthermore, OutBack Power’s technical and applications and warranty groups will support OutBack sales of ProHarvest products.

 

With ProHarvest, we can get HiQ’s project-proven technology in front of a wider audience and open new opportunities through installers wishing to grow their commercial business,” said Harvey Wilkinson, general manager of OutBack Power.

 

Added HiQ Solar’s chairman and CEO, Lutz Henckels “Our unique technology makes plug-and-play commercial solar viable for solar contractors looking to expand their portfolios and offer commercial services. In partnership with OutBack Power using the ProHarvest line, we can now provide that technology with the assurance and support required to earn many new customers.

 

Over the past five years, commercial solar installation has grown significantly, with equally dramatic shifts in balance-of-system preferences. Once dominated by large, powerful and relatively economical (but inflexible and bulky) central inverters, the trend today is to use many string inverters that are easier to install and provide redundancy; if an inverter fails the entire system is not out of commission. The HiQ approach combines the best of all worlds: improved economics of a large string inverter, with the array-mounting and form-factor of a microinverter. With this technology, installers have a plug-and-play system architecture to work with. Key components literally snap together, saving considerable installation time and effort. Equally important, this system topology meets all code-required standards for rapid shut-down and disconnect in commercial systems—very important for system owners and their stakeholders.

 

The two companies will be exhibiting at Solar Power International in Las Vegas, September 13-15, and will follow that with an OutBack training program designed to bring the full commercial opportunity made available with the new ProHarvest by OutBack program to solar installers around the country. Visit OutBack Power at booth 2825 and HiQ Solar at booth 1979.

 

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About HiQ Solar

Founded in 2009, HiQ Solar draws on decades of industry experience in high tech, with a veteran team from the precision communications test and measurement field. HiQ’s TrueString technology is based on small, light and rugged 3-phase 208V and 480V “plug and play” 8kW systems in NEMA6 enclosures, which can be rooftop mounted. This unique system architecture saves considerable time and money for commercial installers, with NEC-mandated rapid-shutdown capability built in. Lightweight, rugged and mountable practically anywhere, the HiQ design is ideal for small to large systems and for deployment in areas that traditionally prove challenging for solar, such as coastal, desert and high altitude locations.

 

About OutBack Power Technologies

OutBack Power Technologies, a member of The Alpha Group, is the leading designer and manufacturer of advanced power electronics for renewable energy, backup power and mobile applications. Founded in 2001 with an emphasis on product performance and innovation, OutBack is now a brand leader in the renewables industry, backed by the resources of the 40-year-old Alpha Group. OutBack is established as the first choice of professionals designing systems for harsh environmental conditions and applications where reliability is paramount. Whether the application is village microgrids in Africa, rural electrification projects in Latin America, remote off-grid cabins in Alaska, or a suburban home in Southern California, OutBack Power Technologies has set the bar for delivering advanced power conversion electronics. OutBack products and systems are sold through a network of distributors serving advanced solar installers around the globe. Famous for its legendary power electronics, OutBack is also a leader in the rapidly-growing field of energy storage for PV systems. For more information, please visit www.outbackpower.com.

 

 

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OBP Showcases System Solutions at Intersolar North America

 

Industry leader in renewable energy expands its portfolio to give installers true “system edge” with their customers

 

Arlington, Wash. – July 12, 2016 – OutBack Power Technologies, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of advanced power electronics for renewable energy, will showcase SystemEdge and other innovations during the Intersolar North America conference, July 12 to 14 in San Francisco. A pre-tested, wired and configured package complete with energy storage, SystemEdge gives solar equipment installers the best of both worlds: custom quality and craftsmanship, in a product that can be ordered as one part number and installed in less than half the time it would normally take.

 

SystemEdge is the latest in a line of examples of OutBack innovation aimed at making our installers’ lives easier and their businesses more successful,” noted Ray Barbee, director of sales. “With their customers’ needs becoming more complex and their expectations getting higher, we wanted solar contractors to have a simpler and more cost-effective installation path. SystemEdge is the result, and it’s shipping now in time for the peak installation season.

 

The SystemEdge concept is built around OutBack’s acclaimed Radian Grid/Hybrid inverter/charger, a power-conversion engine that makes it possible for a system owner to “zero out” the grid if enough solar is present, and enjoy both grid-tied economic advantages and also off-grid independence if desired. The SystemEdge approach also includes an Integrated Battery Rack (IBR) with OutBack’s innovative NanoCarbon batteries, a maintenance-free design which deliver up to 30 percent longer service life in typical installations compared to conventional types. The system is fully tested and ready-to-go; requiring only wall-mounting and a few basic connections.

 

OutBack is also showing its new ICS+ Integrated Combiner Solution, which provides the safety and shut-down operation required by the National Electrical Code for rooftop-mounted solar arrays. Along with SystemEdge, ICS+ makes OutBack the only single brand offering a fully-compliant, UL-1741 listed system from rooftop to battery. “This level of assurance is exactly what solar contractors can take to the bank, in closing system sales with their customers” said Barbee.

 

Adding to the value proposition for solar designers and installers, enhancements were also made to OutBack’s trusted OPTICS control and monitoring technology, which provides sophisticated energy flow metrics at-a-glance. The enhancements include the addition of solar “fleet” management for users with multiple systems, in campus or microgrid applications.

 

Visit OutBack Power at Intersolar North America

All of OutBack’s innovations are designed with residential energy independence in mind, providing homeowners and installers with reliable, “future-proof” technology to ensure a high return on investment regardless of changing regulatory policies and energy scenarios. To learn more from OutBack Power about energy monitoring, management and storage, join the team at Intersolar NA at booth 8219 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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About OutBack Power Technologies

OutBack Power Technologies, a member of The Alpha Group, is the leading designer and manufacturer of advanced power electronics for renewable energy, back-up power and mobile applications. Founded in 2001 with an emphasis on product performance and innovation, OutBack is now a brand leader in the renewables industry, backed by the resources of the 40 year-old Alpha Group. OutBack is established as the first choice of professionals designing systems for harsh environmental conditions and applications where reliability is paramount. Whether the application is village micro-grids in Africa, rural electrification projects in Latin America, remote off-grid cabins in Alaska, or a suburban home in Southern California, OutBack Power Technologies has set the bar for delivering advanced power conversion electronics. OutBack products and systems are sold through a network of distributors serving advanced solar installers around the globe. Famous for its legendary power electronics, OutBack is also a leader in the rapidly-growing field of energy storage for PV systems. For more information, please visit www.outbackpower.com.

 

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OBP and HiQ Solar Begin Joint Sales Activity as Part of New Partnership in Commercial Markets and Applications

 

Alignment between Silicon Valley solar manufacturer and leader in off-grid, hybrid and energy storage systems provides assurance, bankability needed for commercial solar projects

 

Arlington, Wash. – July 12, 2016 – OutBack Power Technologies, Inc., a leader in off-grid and Grid/Hybrid renewable energy products and systems, announced more details on its new relationship with HiQ Solar, an innovator in 3-phase power-conversion technology for commercial and industrial solar applications. OutBack’s direct sales group will sell HiQ Solar products through selected distribution sales partners, and HiQ Solar will continue to work with its project partners. Furthermore, OutBack Power’s technical and applications group will support OutBack sales of the HiQ line, and OutBack will provide warranty support as needed.

 

In bringing a complete commercial solution to our distributors and installer base, OutBack perfectly complements HiQ Solar,” remarked Harvey Wilkinson, general manager of OutBack Power. “We can take HiQ’s ‘project-proven’ technology in front of a wider audience and open new opportunities through installers stepping-up their commercial business

 

HiQ Solar’s chairman and CEO, Lutz Henckels, provided additional insight. “Our unique technology makes commercial solar ‘plug and play’ feasible. In partnership with OutBack Power, an industry leader, we can now provide that technology with the assurance and support required for many new customers. Together, our two companies have a unique value proposition combining leading-edge innovation with the bankability and long-term dependability needed to ensure customer confidence.

 

As solar equipment and pricing policies continue to trend favorably for system owners and operators, businesses are investing more in renewable energy, incentivized by both a “bottom line” economic return through long-term energy savings, as well as the ability to demonstrate greater corporate responsibility. HiQ’s 3-phase “plug and play” system is an advanced solution that can bring commercial-scale solar to a wide audience of design installation professionals and expand OutBack Power’s reach into new markets. “As two solar innovators focused on separate, but complementary markets, this is an ideal alignment,” commented Henckels when the partnership was announced this past May

 

The two companies will be exhibiting at Intersolar North America in San Francisco July 12-14 in July. Visit OutBack Power at booth 8219 and HiQ Solar at booth 8733

 

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About HiQ Solar

Founded in 2009, HiQ Solar draws on decades of industry experience in high tech, with a veteran team from the precision communications test and measurement field. HiQ’s TrueString technology is based on small, light and rugged 3-phase 208V and 480V “plug and play” 8kW systems in NEMA6 enclosures, which can be rooftop mounted. This unique system architecture saves considerable time and money for commercial installers, with NEC-mandated rapid-shutdown capability built in. Lightweight, rugged and mountable practically anywhere, the HiQ design is ideal for small to large systems and for deployment in areas that traditionally prove challenging for solar, such as coastal, desert and high altitude locations.

 

About OutBack Power Technologies

OutBack Power Technologies, a member of The Alpha Group, is the leading designer and manufacturer of advanced power electronics for renewable energy, back-up power and mobile applications. Founded in 2001 with an emphasis on product performance and innovation, OutBack is now a brand leader in the renewables industry, backed by the resources of the 40 year-old Alpha Group. OutBack is established as the first choice of professionals designing systems for harsh environmental conditions and applications where reliability is paramount. Whether the application is village micro-grids in Africa, rural electrification projects in Latin America, remote off-grid cabins in Alaska, or a suburban home in Southern California, OutBack Power Technologies has set the bar for delivering advanced power conversion electronics. OutBack products and systems are sold through a network of distributors serving advanced solar installers around the globe. Famous for its legendary power electronics, OutBack is also a leader in the rapidly-growing field of energy storage for PV systems. For more information, please visit www.outbackpower.com.

 

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OBP Debuts Energy Platform Breakthrough, SkyBox, During Intersolar Europe 2016

 

SkyBox, FLEXmax Ultra 300V charge controller debut provides customers with a wider range of renewable energy system design tools

 

Arlington, Wash. – June 21, 2016 – OutBack Power Technologies, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of advanced power electronics for renewable energy, backup power and mobile applications, will launch new additions to its line of renewable energy products at the 2016 Intersolar Europe conference June 22 to 24 at the International Congress Center in Munich, Germany. The company’s energy storage and management solutions – leading with the new 230V SkyBox– will help European solar installers and users meet the challenge of integrating renewable energy generation with storage.

The perfect power platform for the European market, SkyBox is a breakthrough in the field of advanced power conversion, processing and control.

 

SkyBox gives users more value for their renewable energy investment —both up-front through simplified design and installation, and, over the long-term, through the ability to ‘see’ a higher return on that investment through greater control over how they make, store and manage their energy,” explained Drew Zogby, president of Alpha Technologies (OutBack’s parent company). “Breakthroughs such as SkyBox truly demonstrate how our proven ‘mastery of the off-grid’ translates into not only being the ‘first choice for the new grid’ but in some cases the only choice—in our booth at InterSolar we’ll be exhibiting capabilities that no other single brand can currently offer.

 

For solar professionals, OutBack expects SkyBox to revolutionize the process of designing and installing PV/solar systems with energy storage. “We asked leading solar installers to imagine their ‘wish list’ for the perfect power conversion platform ahead of developing SkyBox,” said Steve Karaffa, senior vice-president/energy & industrial for the Alpha Group. “Based on their input, we re-invented the concept using all-new digital technology to create an all-in-one unit with superior efficiency and features for end-users, while reducing installation time, cost and complexity for installers—and in a compact form-factor engineered for quiet, trouble-free operation.

 

Continued Karaffa,

 

Our unique SkyBox architecture will save installers time and increase system owner satisfaction. Most important, SkyBox provides system designers with unprecedented flexibility—they can literally install now, figure out energy storage later. SkyBox is flexible and intelligent enough to work with current and future energy storage technologies and configurations, and can even be commissioned and operated prior to battery installation.

 

OutBack’s new FLEXmax Ultra 300V charge controller continues the trend of making system operation simpler for installers. It also reduces system installation time, cost and complexity, with key safety features such as arc-fault and ground-fault built-in. The higher power rating also making it possible to design systems with longer solar panel “strings” with fewer components.

 

Enhancements were also made to OutBack’s trusted OPTICS control and monitoring technology, which provides sophisticated energy flow metrics at-a-glance. The enhancements include the addition of solar “fleet” management for users with multiple systems, in campus or micro-grid applications. All of OutBack’s innovations are designed with residential energy independence in mind, providing homeowners and installers with reliable, “future-proof” technology to ensure a high return on investment regardless of changing regulatory policies and energy scenarios.

 

Visit OutBack Power at Intersolar

Intersolar Europe 2016 is the largest solar technology trade fair in the world and a destination for industry leaders and renewable energy users looking for innovations in energy monitoring, management and storage. OutBack Power will participate in several presentations and trainings during the event. To learn more about SkyBox and other OutBack products, join the team at Intersolar Europe 2016 at booth #B2.250 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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About OutBack Power Technologies

OutBack Power Technologies, a member of The Alpha Group, is the leading designer and manufacturer of advanced power electronics for renewable energy, back-up power and mobile applications. Founded in 2001 with an emphasis on product performance and innovation, OutBack is now a brand leader in the renewables industry, backed by the resources of the 40 year-old Alpha Group. OutBack is established as the first choice of professionals designing systems for harsh environmental conditions and applications where reliability is paramount. Whether the application is village micro-grids in Africa, rural electrification projects in Latin America, remote off-grid cabins in Alaska, or a suburban home in Southern California, OutBack Power Technologies has set the bar for delivering advanced power conversion electronics. OutBack products and systems are sold through a network of distributors serving advanced solar installers around the globe. Famous for its legendary power electronics, OutBack is also a leader in the rapidly-growing field of energy storage for PV systems. For more information, please visit www.outbackpower.com.

 

 

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OBP Teams with HiQ Solar to Offer Unique 3-Phase Solar Technology in New Commercial Markets and Applications

 

Innovative Silicon Valley solar manufacturer’s partnership with the iconic brand in off-grid, hybrid and energy storage systems is a precise alignment for both brands

 

Arlington, Wash. – June 7, 2016 – OutBack Power Technologies, Inc., a leader in off-grid and Grid/Hybrid renewable energy products and systems, today announced a partnership with HiQ Solar, an innovator in 3-phase power-conversion technology for commercial and industrial solar applications. OutBack Power will sell and support HiQ’s TrueString products in an installer network grown over its 15 years of leadership in the solar industry, providing solar professionals with a new opportunity for growth.

As solar equipment and pricing policies continue to trend favorably for system owners and operators, businesses are investing more in renewable energy, incentivized by both a “bottom line” economic return through long-term energy savings as well as the ability to demonstrate greater corporate responsibility. HiQ’s 3-phase “plug and play” system will provide OutBack a proven, advanced solution to bring commercial-scale solar to a wide new audience of design installation professionals and expand the brand’s reach into new markets.

 

As two solar innovators focused on separate, but complementary markets, this is an ideal alignment,” remarked Harvey Wilkinson, general manager of OutBack Power. “OutBack’s expertise lies mainly in residential, light commercial and off-grid PV systems with energy storage, in single and split-phase configurations. HiQ Solar is emerging as a leader in the 3-phase commercial/industrial grid-tied market. This alliance will introduce OutBack’s core customers to a new opportunity and add to their business portfolios, and we are thrilled to partner with HiQ Solar to make that opportunity possible.

 

Added Drew Zogby, president of Alpha Technologies, OutBack Power’s parent company, “This relationship has great potential both with OutBack’s customer base and beyond it. One example is our own Alpha Energy group, which is an established commercial and industrial solar EPC in its own right. This makes it possible for Alpha and others to offer a truly complete, turn-key commercial solution.

 

HiQ Solar’s chairman and CEO, Lutz Henckels, commented on the new relationship,

 

Our unique technology makes commercial solar ‘plug-and-play’ feasible. Our award winning products have been certified for use and proven in the North American commercial and industrial markets. Our inverter is designed to accommodate storage and, with OutBack Power’s expertise in storage solutions, we truly complement each other. This adds up to a unique solar value proposition for OutBack Power’s customer base, which includes some of the most skilled and knowledgeable installers in the industry. We’re looking forward to the strong, mutually-beneficial relationship, which will come from a partnership between HiQ and an industry leader.

 

The two companies plan to release complete details of their business partnership between now and the upcoming InterSolar North America show in San Francisco in July.

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About HiQ Solar

Founded in 2009, HiQ Solar draws on decades of industry experience in high-tech, with a veteran team from the precision communications test and measurement field. HiQ’s TrueString technology is based on small, light and rugged 3-phase 208V and 480V “plug and play” 8kW systems in NEMA6 enclosures, which can be rooftop mounted. This unique system architecture saves considerable time and money for commercial installers, with NEC-mandated rapid-shutdown capability built-in. Lightweight, rugged and mountable practically anywhere, the HiQ design is ideal for small to large systems and for deployment in areas that traditionally prove challenging for solar, such as coastal, desert and high altitude locations.

 

About OutBack Power Technologies

OutBack Power Technologies, a member of The Alpha Group, is the leading designer and manufacturer of advanced power electronics for renewable energy, back-up power and mobile applications. With an emphasis on product performance, OutBack has established itself as the product of choice in harsh environmental conditions and applications where product reliability is paramount. Whether the application is village micro-grids in Africa, rural electrification projects in Latin America, remote off-grid cabins in Alaska, or a suburban home in Southern California, OutBack Power Technologies has set the bar for delivering advanced power conversion electronics. For more information, please visit www.outbackpower.com.

 

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OBP Showcases Easy-to-Install Solar Equipment during NABCEP

 

Leading power electronics manufacturer informs installers on energy storage developments for continuing education

 

Arlington, Wash. – April 4, 2016 – OutBack Power Technologies, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of advanced power electronics for solar energy, will participate in an energy storage panel on April 5 at 1:00 p.m. PT and will showcase its prewired system line at the 2016 NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) Continuing Education Conference, leading with the FLEXpower Radian and Nano-Carbon energy storage. With this system, solar installers and designers can save half a day of labor on configuration and installation. Additionally, the equipment is designed with residential energy independence in mind, providing homeowners and installers with reliable platforms that require little maintenance. As a result, contractors benefit from increased cost savings and improved customer satisfaction with user-friendly systems.

Adding solar with energy storage backup has many economic benefits for homeowners all over the country. To address the pent-up demand, installers can take on more projects and streamline their seasons if they have access to equipment that requires little extra training or complicated customer maintenance. OutBack Power is the only company with a UL1741-listed system from the energy storage to the rooftop. OutBack’s FLEXpower Radian and EnergyCell Nano-Carbon Batteries were designed with existing and future standards in mind, ensuring return on homeowner investments despite changing policies or technology.

 

 

The energy industry has been buzzing about the rapid growth in storage implementation for several years, and that moment has now arrived,” said Eric Hill, senior manager for energy storage products and systems at OutBack Power. “Installers have trusted OutBack for the past 15 years, and we’ll share our energy storage expertise to continue the industry’s education and empower NABCEP installers to grow and evolve alongside us.

 

 

Visit OutBack Power at the 2016 NABCEP Continuing Education Conference
The OutBack Power FLEXpower Radian system with Nano-Carbon storage technology will be on display at the conference. In the “Emerging Energy Storage Options” panel, OutBack will discuss how installers can capitalize on the rapid growth in storage implementation. OutBack will also host training sessions; attendees will learn DC and AC coupling system design and installation, as well as about NanoCarbon batteries as a cost-effective entry into storage for homes and small businesses. You can learn more from OutBack Power on the advantages of solar plus energy storage at the following sessions:

 

Monday, April 4, 2016
8:00 - 9:30a.m. PT in the Dockside Room

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. PT in the Sunset V Room

To view OutBack’s newest systems and learn more about OutBack Power’s Grid/Hybrid technology, visit the company during NABCEP at booth 111/112 or visit www.outbackpower.com.

 

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About OutBack Power Technologies

OutBack Power Technologies, a member of The Alpha Group, is the leading designer and manufacturer of advanced power electronics for renewable energy, back-up power and mobile applications. With an emphasis on product performance, OutBack has established itself as the product of choice in harsh environmental conditions and applications where product reliability is paramount. Whether the application is village micro-grids in Africa, rural electrification projects in Latin America, remote off-grid cabins in Alaska, or a suburban home in Southern California, OutBack Power Technologies has set the bar for delivering advanced power conversion electronics. For more information, please visit www.outbackpower.com.

 

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OBP Presents Energy-Storage Backed Systems during International Builders Show

 

Pre-wired renewable energy equipment empowers contractors, designers, architects with standards compliance, energy independence for homeowners

 

Arlington, Wash. – January 19, 2016 – OutBack Power Technologies, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of advanced power electronics for solar energy, will showcase its pre-wired system line at the 2016 International Builders’ Show, leading with the FLEXpower Radian and Nano-Carbon energy storage. With this system, any builder or installer offering solar has the option to provide a luxury upgrade and enable homeowners to use their solar electricity 24/7 instead of only when the sun is shining, since they can store solar-generated electricity to use at night or during outages and emergencies. With these pre-wired, UL-1741-listed systems, installers can cut up to half a day in configuration and installation time and more quickly and efficiently deliver projects fully compliant with residential electrical standards. The result is increased cost savings for builders and improved customer satisfaction with a more intelligent and useful solar electric system, based on low-maintenance, user-friendly equipment.

To handle increased residential demand for renewable energy systems, contractors look for platforms that don’t require extra training to implement or complicated customer maintenance, which streamlines their planning as they expand their client rosters. Builders can quickly complete high-quality installations that are up to code with OutBack Power, the only company with a UL1741-listed system from the batteries to the rooftop. The FLEXware Integrated Combiner Solution (ICS) Plus meets National Electrical Code requirements for rapid shutdown and arc-fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) protection. OutBack’s FLEXpower Radian, FLEXware ICS Plus and EnergyCell Nano-Carbon Batteries were designed with existing and future standards in mind, ensuring return on homeowner investments despite changing policies or technology.

 

 

The high demand for grid independence with renewable energy presents builders and designers with enormous opportunity to upgrade homes with 24/7 solar through energy storage,” said Mark Cerasuolo, director of marketing and training at OutBack Power. “With OutBack’s FLEXpower Radian and its other industry-rated equipment, contractors can quickly and confidently install fully compliant platforms, assuring homeowners’ systems meet or exceed the highest standards. Homeowners can look forward to selling their surplus electricity back to the grid, offsetting their electrical usage, or—if there is enough solar available—even going off-the-grid and achieving full energy independence. This is truly solar for the future.

 

 

Visit OutBack Power at the 2016 International Builders’ Show
The OutBack Power FLEXpower Radian system with Nano-Carbon storage technology is nominated for a Best of IBS Award at the show. In the “10 New High-Performance Products” presentation, OutBack will participate with notable builder brands Panasonic, Lennox, BASF and others. You can learn more from OutBack Power on the advantages of solar plus energy storage at the following session:

 

Thursday, January 21, 2016
10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m. PT
Continuing Education: 10 New High Performance Products Hit the Market

To view OutBack’s newest systems and learn more about OutBack Power’s Grid/Hybrid technology, visit the company during IBS 2016 at booth S3400 or visit www.outbackpower.com

 

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About OutBack Power Technologies

OutBack Power Technologies, a member of The Alpha Group, is the leading designer and manufacturer of advanced power electronics for renewable energy, back-up power and mobile applications. With an emphasis on product performance, OutBack has established itself as the product of choice in harsh environmental conditions and applications where product reliability is paramount. Whether the application is village micro-grids in Africa, rural electrification projects in Latin America, remote off-grid cabins in Alaska, or a suburban home in Southern California, OutBack Power Technologies has set the bar for delivering advanced power conversion electronics. For more information, please visit www.outbackpower.com.