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PV Powered Introduces New Commercial Solar Power Inverter
Field-proven technology delivers industry-leading efficiency and reliability for system owners who demand maximum energy harvest over time.

Bend, ORE - July 2, 2007

PV Powered, a leader in reliable solar inverter technology, today announces their first entry into the commercial inverter market. The new PVP30kW inverter was developed to set the industry standard for reliability and has simultaneously achieved a marketleading 94% CEC efficiency rating. The combination of these advantages, plus built-in data capture for performance monitoring and a modular design that is easy to install and service, makes the PVP30kW the ideal choice for commercial PV projects up to 150 kW.

“This is an exciting day for the entire team at PV Powered” said Gregg Patterson, President and CEO of PV Powered. “With more than a year of field testing, I am confident that we are delivering the inverter that commercial installers and system owners have been asking for. Our focus on maximizing system level return on investment has resulted in industry-leading ease of installation and operating efficiency, and further demonstrates our commitment to the highest levels of uptime.”

The new PVP30kW inverter is based on the field-proven architecture that is embedded in all inverters shipped by PV Powered since 2004. This highly-integrated architecture is responsible for the PVP30kW only containing one-third the number of components of comparable inverters. "Fewer parts mean fewer connections and fewer failure points," Patterson added. "And our streamlined design approach also enables rapid development of future models and product enhancements."

The reliability of the new commercial inverter is enhanced by the use of best-in-class components such as an application-specific integrated power module, long-life film capacitors, a customdesigned, 98%-efficient, Energy Star® rated transformer, and a medical grade power supply to protect sensitive electronic components and ensure maximum reliability.

The PVP30kW was designed with an awareness that maximum energy harvest leads to maximum return on investment for commercial solar projects. That’s why remote performance monitoring capability is included at no extra charge, enabling problems to be recognized and solved quickly with fewer field service trips. Other added features, including night time disconnect for reduced tare losses and a “soft start” circuit to eliminate nuisance faults, contribute to squeezing out the highest yield from a system day after day for years to come.

PV Powered is focused on the needs of commercial inverter installers and system designers. Installation is simplified by the inclusion of integrated load rated AC & DC disconnects, field configurable 208V and 480V AC outputs, line filters to meet FCC EMC standards, and a modular architecture that weighs far less than comparable inverters and is easily serviced. "I have been installing PV Powered inverters for years and have come to depend on them for high reliability and efficiency", said Dirk Hosmer, CEO of San Diego Solar. "Their new 30 kW box raises the bar for commercial inverters by offering a product that is truly built with an installer’s needs in mind. PV Powered gets it."

PV Powered engineering, manufacturing and customer service are all located at the same facility in Bend, OR, so customers can get high-quality factory assistance quickly. Additionally, PVPowered’s NABCEP-certified field service team is strategically distributed in key markets to provide fast onsite support and design assistance. The PVP30kW is listed to the new UL1741/IEEE1547 and is backed by a standard nationwide 10-year warranty that can be extended to 15 or 20 years.

About PV Powered

Founded in 2003 and based in Bend, Oregon, PV Powered is a leading manufacturer of solar power inverter technology. Designed for the highest reliability and manufactured in the U.S.A., PV Powered products are UL Listed, and have the highest efficiency ratings in the solar market today. With thousands of its products in use nationwide, PV Powered combines one of the most experienced design teams in solar power electronics with a commitment to superior customer service and support.

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Media Contact:

Bob Patterson
MKTX, Inc.
Ph: 503-646-6589