Saturday, December 29, 2012

Happy New Year 2013

IBC Solar

Bad Staffelstein / Germany, August 06th, 2012 – IBC SOLAR AG, a global leader in photovoltaic systems, today announced the extension of its PV inverter product portfolio to include inverters from Sungrow Power Supply Co., Ltd. With nearly 2000 megawatts (MW) of installation capacity worldwide, of which 450 MW are installed in Europe, Australia and North America, Sungrow is the largest photovoltaic (PV) inverter manufacturer in Asia, and the fifth largest PV inverter manufacturer in the world in terms of MW shipment in 2011. Via this partnership, IBC SOLAR will be able to offer European clients an even wider range of product pricing in the field of high-quality PV inverters.

With the new cooperation, IBC SOLAR will provide its national and international clients with a selection of PV inverter products that is more tailored to their specific requirements. “By including Sungrow inverters into our product portfolio, we expand our broad range of high-quality products that offer an ideal price-performance ratio,” said Norbert Hahn, IBC SOLAR board member. “Sungrow is a reliable partner who is renowned for high quality standards and innovativeness. In combination with an optimal cost structure, our choice to include the PV inverter specialist in our portfolio was a very easy one, but also well-considered.”

IBC SOLAR subjected Sungrow’s inverters to stringent testing, both in the field of application and via independent auditor. The results of IBC SOLAR field evaluations showed that the inverters are highly robust and reliable. Testing and production audits doubly verified Sungrow’s high product quality, proving that the inverters have long life cycles and top efficiency.

“IBC SOLAR is recognized Europe-wide as a high-quality brand, as well as one of the largest photovoltaic systems integrators,” said Mr. Renxian Cao, CEO of Sungrow. “Now we will come together to use both of our companies’ strengths on a worldwide scale – reliable products with an attractive cost-performance ratio and profound expertise in photovoltaic installations.”
IBC SOLAR offers a training program which will comprehensively introduce the new Sungrow products to its Premium Partners in Germany and some selected European countries. For residential and especially for commercial installations, Sungrow inverters will be perfectly embedded in the IBC SOLAR system periphery. With the IBC SolControl monitoring system, they will meet even the highest grid requirements.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012



Why Sungrow

PV Combined box

For a large-scale grid-connected PV system, it is a general practice to install a DC combining device in between the PV modules and inverters for the sake of minimizing the cable distance between them, facilitating maintenance and improving reliability. With many years of PV grid-connected system design experience, our PVS PV array combiner box series is specially-designed for meeting the need of high performance and high reliability of PV systems. Available for all around the world.
Max. PV Array Voltage1000Vdc1000Vdc
Max. PV Array Parallel Inputs816
Rated Current for Each String(replaceable)10A10A/15A
Output Terminal TypePG21PG21
Protection DegreeIP65IP65
Environment Temperature-25~+60℃-25~+60℃
Environment Humidity0~99%0~99%
Standard Accessories
DC Circuit BreakerYesYes
Optional Accessories*
Current Monitor for Each StringYesYes
SPD Failure DetectionYesYes

SG1000TS ( 1MW center system turn-key solution )

Input (DC)
Max. DC power (@ cos φ =1)1200KW
Max. input voltage1000V
Start voltage520V
Min. working voltage500V
Max. input current2450A
MPPT voltage range 500~820V
Number of DC inputs24
Output (AC)
Rated power1000KW
Max. output AC power1200KVA
Max. output current2200A
Max. THD<3%(at nominal power)
Rated grid voltage315V
Grid voltage range250~362V
Rated grid frequency50/60Hz
Grid frequency range47~52Hz/57~62Hz
Power factor at rated power>0.99
Isolation transformerNo
DC current injection<0.5% of rated inverter output current
Adjustable displacement factor0.9 (lagging) ~0.9 (leading)
Max. efficiency98.7%
European efficiency98.5%
Input side disconnection deviceBreaker
Output side disconnection deviceBreaker
DC overvoltage protectionYes
AC overvoltage protectionYes
Grid monitoringYes
Ground fault monitoringYes
Insulation monitoringOpt
General Data
Dimensions (W/H/D)6058x2896x2438mm
Operating temperature range-35~+55℃
Self-consumption at night<200W
External auxiliary supply voltage230V
Cooling conceptTemperature controlled air-cooling
Degree of protectionIP54
Max. permissible value for relative humidity (non-condensing)0~95%, non -condensing
Max. altitude6000m (derating > 3000m)
Fresh air consumption13770m³/h
DisplayTouch screen LCD
Communication protocolsModbus

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Sungrow company Overview

India starts antidumping investigation, China considers making proposed import duties retroactive

November, 2012: India’s Department of Commerce has launched an antidumping investigation into silicon and thin-film photovoltaic (PV) cells imported from the US, China, Taiwan and Malaysia.
The investigation seeks to determine whether foreign manufacturers have engaged in unfair trade practices that have materially damaged the Indian solar industry. The period of investigation runs from Jan. 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012, while the injury period goes back to April 1, 2008. The investigation was opened in response to a complaint filed by the Solar Manufacturer’s Association, which represents solar producers Indosolar Ltd., Jupiter Solar Power Ltd. and Websol Energy Systems Ltd. Indian producers have long complained that solar imports – mainly those from the US – are negatively impacting India’s local PV industry. To combat this trend, India’s national solar program includes a domestic content requirement for crystalline silicon products. The requirement, however, has not been as successful as was planned since it does not apply to thin-film installations. In a similar development, earlier this week, China’s Ministry of Commerce (Mofcom) launched a supplementary investigation to determine whether antidumping and antisubsidy duties on solar-grade polysilicon imported from the US, South Korea and the EU should be levied retroactively. Mofcom will issue its ruling on the probe when it publishes the results of the associated antidumping and countervailing investigations next year. The original investigation into polysilicon imports from the EU was launched earlier this month, while the US-Korea investigation was launched in July. The original investigations will each last at least one year.
Source: Indian Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Chinese Ministry of Commerce 

Sungrow inverters successfully connected to medium voltage grid in Germany

 Sungrow Power Supply Co,. Ltd. announced its four projects has been successfully connected to the gird respectively with different EPCs from July to September 2012, and so far this is Sungrow’s best shot as of entering the German market since 2010. The reference projects as following: 

  • Project Hottinger, Location: Königsbach, Power Output: 58 KWp
  • Project Hanni Linda, Location: Jüterbog, Power Output: 675KWp 
  • Project Moosburg S&R, Location: Moosburg, Power Output:140KWp
  • Project Geltinger PV Anlage, Location: Dessau-Roßlau, Power output: 360KWp

As the largest PV market in the world, Germany always attracts the global attention by its pioneer spirit and top level standards among this industry, especially the German BDEW directive which is a recognized high threshold with a number of technical requirements to the performance of inverters. As a result of BDEW becoming the compulsory market access standard, Sungrow’s R&D team had developed targeted research scheme and co-operated with related German partners to enhancing R&D strength and making breakthrough by teamwork. Since May 2012, Sungrow meets for its product family SG10/12/15/20KTL with output-power of 10kW to 20kW, the German BDEW requirements for medium-voltage as well as VDE AR-N4105 for low-voltage. And Sungrow is the first Chinese enterprise owns both the two certificates.
Together with the partner companies Solare-Datensysteme, Meteo-Control,Skytron and Papendorf-SE can all control functions be implemented which could be required by the utility companies. As a further success, Sungrow has been the product portfolio of two the largest PV-System integrators in Germany, IBC and Krannich.
Mr. Cao Renxian, CEO of Sungrow, said, “These projects are good examples of how Sungrow is helping European solar projects to save cost and maximize efficence. We are continuing to be the one of the fast growth inverter manufacturer and to improve our solution which offer maximum energy harvesting for our customers.”

Sungrow’s SG30KTL inverters successfully connected to grid in Spain

Sungrow Power Supply Co,. Ltd, the largest Asia’s producer of inverters, today announces the successful grid connection of a 720KW rooftop project in Roldan-Torreacheco, Spain where Sungrow’s SG30KTL inverters were installed.

The project was developed and executed by Himin Solar Co.,Ltd and Juwi Solar Inc. SG30KTL is a transformerless inverter with higher efficiency. Its aluminum housing makes it very compact, robust and light in weight. The integrated DC combine and optional surge protection function lowers the system cost. The inverter is ideally suited for the medium voltage PV project for its flexibility and high efficiency, especially Sungrow’s SG30KTLsuccessfully obtainedthe German BDEW requirements for medium-voltage as well as VDE AR-N4105 for low-voltage. And Sungrow is the first Chinese enterprise owns both certificates.

As a wall-mounted string inverter with the largest power in the world, SG30KTL is easy to handle without lift machinery assistance, and also help EPCs, investors and developers to reduce the cost of installation and maintenance. At the time of declining the Feed-in tariff in Europe, SG30KTL has a very wide range of applications for rooftop projects and free-land projects.

"We are very pleased to partner with SUNGROW on the successful installation of our solar system in Europe. We selected Sungrow’s inverters for this project, with whom we are working closely in European countries.” - Michael Martin, CEO of juwi solar Inc.

“We are very pleased to provide cleaner energy in Spain," said Cao Renxian, CEO of Sungrow. "In financial crisis, Sungrow is ready to provide cost-effective, large-scale PV solutions for electricity generation."

Solar Street Light System

The solar street light works without grid power. It totally relies on solar energy, which is clean, endless and environment-friendly. The system is mainly composed of solar panel, light source, controller and battery. In daytime, when there is sunshine, the solar panel can convert the solar energy to electric power and store it in the battery. At night or rainy or cloudy condition, the controller can judge the brightness of daylight and automatically switch the light on. And the battery shall supply the power for lighting.
The solar street lights are applicable for road lighting, courtyard lighting, landscape lighting, and so on, in both cities and villages.
 Comparing with grid-powered street light, the solar street light has advantages of no consumption of grid power, no electricity charge, no need of power supply facilities, no pollution, easy-installation, one-time investment long-time payback, etc.

Monocrystalline, Polycrystalline & Amorphous PV Solar Panels

Despite the fact that Monocrystalline solar panels, Polycrystalline solar panels, and Amorphous solar panels all feature silicon as its principal component for harnessing the energy from the sun, there are two major differences between them that are important for the consumer to note because they affect both cost and efficiency.
To put it simply:
  • Monocrystalline panels are more efficient at converting the sun’s rays into electricity, but cost more to process into the modules and therefore are more expensive for the consumer to buy.
  • Polycrystalline panels are similar to Monocrystalline in that the cells within the modules are composed of crystal, but this type of panel is less efficient and therefore slightly cheaper to purchase.
  • Amorphous (or Thin-Film) panels use silicon that is not cut from crystallised form but are laid within the modules in thinner composites (like strips of film), which is an easier less costly process and therefore cheaper to buy – however the efficiency is much poorer than both Monocrystalline and Polycrystalline.
  • But What Is Silicon Anyway?

    It’s useful to know that silicon is a metalloid – a chemistry term to describe something that is a chemical element but which has metallic properties or in other words an element that is hard to characterise and can be both non-metal and metal.
    It is the second most abundant element after oxygen in the Earth’s crust and makes up 27.7% of it by mass. Silicon is the principal component of most devices requiring semiconductors, such as microchips and integrated circuits found in many modern-day appliances.
    In solar panels, silicon is the key component because of its ability to function as a semiconductor at high temperatures.

    Monocrystalline Solar Panels

    These are basically wafers cut from one single continuous cylindrical silicon crystal. Because the process involved in turning these circular wafers into solar modules/panels is more complicated the cost of each panel is therefore higher for the home owner investor. But the efficiency of the panel is higher than the other two types with some top-of-the-range models having a capacity of around 19%.

    Polycrystalline Solar Panels

    A slightly different crystallisation process is used here with many wafers being cut from “ingots” of molten silicon which are then arranged in a kind of scattered mosaic within the module. Because the process is less demanding than Monocrystalline, these Polycrystalline panels are cheaper. However, their efficiency is a lot less with most models reaching between 13%-15%.

    Amorphous Solar Panels

    Thinner than the silicon wafers used in the crystallised solar panels, the amorphous “film” of silicon is layered in each module which makes them far more flexible that the other types. The efficiency is the poorest of the three, though, with ratings of between 6%-10%. But going amorphous can be an advantage for people who have cost in mind and maybe don’t want to go all-out solar.
    As with many things in life the old adage applies here – you get what you pay for.
    For the would-be investor in solar panels the question to ask yourself is; how much free electricity do you want to harness? But how much are you willing to spend to obtain it?

Off-Grid Solar Energy System with Battery Backup

This type of system is for those who truly want energy independence.
It is completely independent of the electric utility grid. It is also very valuable in remote areas where there are no existing power lines. For this reason, off-grid systems are very popular in mountain and forests areas, for cabins or homes that are far away from the electrical grid. It has all of the features and benefits of a standard grid-tied system, but with the additional benefit of uninterruptible power.
The battery backup will ensure that you have electricity for critical loads in when the sun is down or blocked by clouds. When the optional backup generator is added, you are truly protected against nearly any catastrophic situation. There is also a optional DC hookup, which means you can use DC appliances and power devices.

How Does Solar Work?

This illustration shows a grid connected solar system during peak sunlight hours. Producing enough electricity for the household, and feeding any surplus power back onto the main grid.
  1. Solar Photovoltaic (PV) panel array producing DC current
  2. Inverter creating 240v AC. Providing power for houshold appliances and feeding surplus power through meter to the grid.
  3. Electricity meter
  4. Power lines, aka the grid
During the sunlight hours, the system feeds any surplus power onto the grid, this offsets the amount of power you take from the grid. The more electricity you produce, and the less you use, the more you save.
At night, the system automatically draws the electricity you need from the grid. This forwards and backwards flow of electricity is completely automatic, and provides a smooth, uninterrupted flow of power for your household.
Grid connected solar power is for areas with existing, or affordable, access to the main grid. For safety reasons, it can not provide back up power during blackouts. Back up options are available if required.

The Benefits

Clean, renewable power for your home

  • Power is generated from a free, limitless resource, the sun
  • Solar panels produce emission free power
  • Solar power works silently, and has no moving parts
  • Solar power can supplement, provide all, or more, than your household electrical needs
  • Extra solar panels and additional back up options can be added later as demand or budget grows

Designed, tested, and built, to last a life time

  • Solar panels are incredibly durable.
  • Our manufacturers state that their panels will still be producing power at 80-90% capacity after 20–30 years
  • Our panels carry 25yr manufacturer warranties

Income generation

  • A grid connected solar system pays itself off
  • Feed in tariffs- an extra rate is now payed for renewable energy fed into the grid

Price protected power

  • Protect yourself from the inevitable rise in power prices

Generous Government incentives

  • Solar power generation also earns you money by way of Renewable Energy Certificates. A Government developed scheme, providing payment for renewable energy producers


String inverter widely used for home & commercial  application .
Sungrow have full range for string inverter from 1.5kw to 30kw system

Elite tubular skylight - Dubai International school

System was install in year 2011

Elite Solar attic fan

Please contact me if you interested to be our distributor in West
and East Malaysia. Contact

Petronas New look

Project 1MW for 2013

Signing of MoU with Petronas Technology University (UTP) for the development of 1 MegaWatt Solar Farm in Perak.

FIT Rate for solar PV (21 years from FIT)

Project budget: Solar electric systems are not cheap and usually cost more than expected. Modest systems start at around RM45,000 but the majority fall in the RM60,000 to RM100,00 range. There are government incentives and rebates to takeadvantage of that will significantly decrease out of pocket costs. It may not be possible to produce 100% of the energy you use and many systems are supplemental, producing as much as space and/or budget allow. Please see SEDA for Feed In Tariff (FIT) detail.

The cost becomes more reasonable when looked at as a long term investment. After all, you are pre-paying for your electricity at a fixed rate for what could be the rest of your life and providing free energy for your kids and grandkids.

People often complain about a long payback period, but isn't any payback whatsoever a good thing no matter how long? What's the payback on the last car you bought? A PV electric system is a risk free investment with a guaranteed payback.

Easy calculations for system size and cost:

If you know your average kwh/day or know how many kwh/day you would like to produce, a simple calculation will determine system size and cost.

System size in kilowatts (kw) = (kwh/day) / 4 hours (peak sun) x 1.43 (system losses)
Step 1: Divide average kwh/day by number of hours of peak sun, or (kwh/ay) / 4
Step 2: Multiply by 1.43 to account for system losses due to friction, heat, and other inefficiencies.

Example: What size system is needed to produce 20kwh/day?

20kwh/4h = 5kw
5kw x 1.43= 7.15kw
7.15kw = system size to produce 20kwh/day assuming 4 peak sun hours (11am to 3pm).

System cost = system size x RM13,000 to RM15,000
Step 1: multiply system size by RM13,000 for competitive system cost installed
Step 2: multiply system size by RM15,000 for conservative system cost installed

Example: How much would a 7.15kw system cost?
7.15kw x RM13,000 = RM92,950 = competitive system cost
7.15kw x RM15,000 = RM107,250 = conservative system cost

We used to see an average cost of a grid-tied system to be about RM15,000 per kilowatt (array size) installed, but with a growing market, systems are being installed for as low as RM12,000 per kilowatt in competitive areas. Keep in mind that these costs are before any incentives or rebates are taken into account. When the FIT kick in, the return of investment (ROI) will be around 9 to 14 years depend on locations, solar systems, technologies and so forth.

Hopefully this helped introduce you to some of the basic considerations needed before purchasing a solar electric system. There is far too much information to cover in a short guide and anyone serious about greener living should contact us at or SEDA for more detail.

Please take notes:
1) Malaysia only has 4 hours solar insolation (some areas may be less due to pollution).
2) Malaysia has average of 2 months cloudy/raining day per year, which solar power is not favourable.
3) When solar cell (module/panel) heat up (after noon time), the solar cell's efficiency (power output) will start to drop. Which mean during a hot day, solar panel (PV) actually produce less. This is a major challenge for solar power in Malaysia.
4) Every few months, installed solar panels (array) need to be clean (due to dusk accumulation on the panel) for maximum efficiency. This is an extra cost for the owner and may increased longer payback period. Please also find out other maintenance costs.

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