Canadian Solar Introduces “Smart Solar Panels”

Intelligrated Solar PanelCanadian Solar will introduce their new line of “intelligrated” solar panels at the Solar Power International conference that kicks off today in Dallas. Starting with the CommercialAC three-phase AC version for commercial installations, the new grid-ready solar panels offer inverter integration and performance monitoring.

The “intelligrated” design combines Canadian Solar’s ELPS high-efficiency panels with integrated new sequenced inverter technology that simplifies system design, offers module-level control, and eliminates the need for central or string inverter and module or string sizing.

Intelligrated InverterThe inverter components are built with new “hot spot suppression” technology eliminating the need for diodes, making the integrated inverter design more reliable and rugged than typical microinverters. The “plug-and-play” design simplifies on-the-spot system modification and reduces the cost of system design and labor.

The CommercialAC Intelligrated panels will be available in early 2012, with subsequent plans to introduce Intelligrated products for all market applications.

The integrated ("intelligrated") inverter simplifies system design and installation

“Colorful path to parity”

Dr. Shawn Qu, CEO and founder of Canadian Solar, says the new intelligrated solar panel build on ten years of innovation from his team. Despite the “industry turmoil” solar has experienced the past three quarters, Canadian Solar has been a consistent leader in the industry with quarter by quarter growth.

“The global solar market demands constant innovation,” say Qu. The industry will continue to adapt and innovate in a growing market, where often a dizzying variety market forces, policies, rebates, and regulations make for, as Qu describes it, a “colorful path to parity” for solar.

Dr. Qu has no doubt that solar will get there, no matter how colorful the path. With innovative new products like the Intelligrated series of solar panels, Qu intends Canadian Solar will always be at the head of the pack.

Those attending the conference in Dallas can get a sneak peak at the new solar panels by stopping by the Canadian Solar booth (2516 in Hall C).



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