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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



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



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