Tigo launches design quality tool for large commercial solar installations – pv magazine USA


The module-level power electronics vendor has also introduced an installer certification course.

Tigo Energy, a leading provider of solar module-level power electronics (MLPE), has unveiled a new design quality tool called the Solar PLC Signal Integrity Tool, along with expanded training materials for utility companies. solar engineering, procurement and construction in the commercial and industrial sectors.

The validation tool and accompanying training course help installers anticipate power line (PLC) signal integrity issues in large-scale commercial and industrial projects. PLC signals can experience “crosstalk,” signal disturbances that can cause reduced communications efficiency in large-scale PV systems. The updated TS4 Design and Installation course now includes best practices for mitigating PLC crosstalk issues at the design stage, preventing problems before they occur.

Tigo has also released the Solar PLC Signal Integrity Tool, which can be used to identify crosstalk issues in active solar panels. The tool is designed to be vendor-neutral and can be used for Tigo systems or competing MLPE products. After running the PLC assessment, Tigo provides a performance score.

The TS4 design and installation course, integrated into the company’s program education platform, includes a section on PLC rapid shutdown system design as well as an in-depth technical dive into the Tigo TS4 Flex MLPE product line. It provides best practices and practical tips for system optimization, as well as training installers on designing, installing and commissioning a Tigo system with any compatible solar inverter. The full two-hour course earns 1.5 NABCEP continuing education credits.

“An important part of our mission at Tigo is to keep installers at the center of everything we do, and investing in tools and training is no small part of that,” said JD Dillon, Chief Marketing Officer. at Tigo Energy. “As our partners in the field increase their stakes with ever-larger installations, we support them with things like this new PLC tool, Pure Signal technology, and impactful ongoing training to help them design and support photovoltaic installations of the highest quality.”

Tigo is holding a online seminar August 17 focused on PLC signal integrity design. The webinar will be available live and recorded on demand.

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Last month, Tigo introduced a solar-powered rapid shutdown device with “Pure Signal” technology, aimed at improving powerline signal quality. Tigo RSS transmitters with Pure Signal technology are UL PVRSS certified with hundreds of inverter models from major manufacturers. The new transmitters with Pure Signal technology are compatible with the company’s TS4-AF and TS4-A-2F quick-stop product family and can be easily integrated into new projects or retrofitted into existing installations.

“Our mission is to provide high quality, reliable and flexible MLPE solutions to meet customer needs for different system configurations. Pure Signal technology fulfills this mission,” said Jing Tian, ​​Chief Growth Officer at Tigo Energy.

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