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Upsolar Introduces Smart Modules Powered by Tigo Energy

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Company is first to offer integrated product for superior system performance, reduced BOS costs.

SAN FRANCISCO – October 17, 2012 – Upsolar, a leading international provider of solar PV modules, today unveiled its smart modules optimized by Tigo Energy. The first smart modules certified by TÜV Rheinland PTL for Europe and North America, Upsolar’s products are now available for residential, commercial and utility-scale installations.

Tigo Energy’s optimizers leverage proprietary impedance matching technology to increase the power harvest of each module and mitigate performance challenges related to soiling, cloud-induced shading, module mismatch and temperature differentials. Optimizers also enable a reduction in balance of systems costs through increased string lengths, as well as enhanced safety and fire protection through arc fault protection. The product is suitable for both sloped and flat rooftops, as well as ground-mounted systems.

To create a smart module, optimizers are embedded into Upsolar modules’ junction boxes during the module manufacturing process. By integrating the two units, Upsolar can offer its customers seamless installation and lower operation and maintenance costs while enhancing overall system performance. Additionally, users can remotely monitor performance at the module and system levels through Tigo Energy’s module-level monitoring software and mobile app.

Upsolar and Tigo Energy collaborated earlier this year with Talmage Solar Engineering on a 2.2 MW solar array in Sharon, VT, USA featuring retrofitted optimizers

“The performance of Tigo Energy’s optimizer has exceeded our expectations, and we were eager to incorporate the company’s technology directly into our modules to improve the performance and economics of solar for both installers and customers,” said Stephane Dufrenne, Chief Technology Officer of Upsolar. “We’ve already seen strong demand for the integrated product across major markets and expect this trend to continue as we pave the way to cost-neutral installations for PV systems of all sizes and designs with module-level power electronics.”

For more information on smart modules from Upsolar, please visit: http://www.upsolar.com/usa/products/monocrystalline.aspx?type=5

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