The solution took more than three years of research and development, but now it's here: the YC1000 microinverter from APS.
The native 3-phase, 277/480 unit brings microinverters finally into the realm of large-scale commercial installations, with a groundbreaking approach to the technical challenges of these most demanding environments.
Simplicity of design: The YC1000 requires no extra equipment like transformers or optimizers, and no extra wiring. All needs are resolved within the unit's native design.
Unprecedented cable management: The YC1000 revolutionizes trunk cabling with a new and innovative approach. There's no need to branch cables or deal with the "landscape vs. portrait" complexity of a standard trunk cable system. These issues are solved by shifting the solution to the trunk cable itself.
Increased flexibility to add modules: The YC100 supports 4:1 and a 3:1 module-to-inverter ratios, so modules can be easily added for customized or space-limited projects.
Optimized monitoring and control: The YC1000 allows monitoring of individual modules, reducing shading issues and allowing more precise control of the whole PV array.
Dr. Yuhao Luo, co-founder, vice president and chief technology officer for APS, began working toward these solutions in Silicon Valley based on his experience with PV systems in one of the world's fastest-growing solar markets.
"Four years ago, there was no residential PV market in China," he says. "All projects were 3-phase. We used a single-phase microinverter for those projects, but clearly a 3-phase microinverter would make those projects much easier in both design and installation."
The YC1000 spent three years in design and development before rollout, and has been successfully deployed in installations in Australia, China and Africa.
It is now shipping to distributors across the US market.
Add up the technical breakthroughs - simplicity of design, revolutionized trunk cabling, outstanding flexibility, and optimized monitoring and control - and the YC1000 microinverter from APS represents distinct advantages and cost savings over every other microinverter solution on the market.
"This really is a gamechanger for commercial solar," says Michael Ludgate, vice president for sales for APS America. "We've shifted the paradigm again." See the groundbreaking YC1000 at SPI Las Vegas, Oct. 20-23. Visit the APS booth #3124, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss specific installation and distribution opportunities.