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PV Powered Announces New Commercial Inverter Targeted at Unique Demands of North American Solar Market
Technical innovations deliver 97% CEC efficiency, and full power production at 265VDC and 50°C

Bend, ORE. – August 6, 2009 - PV Powered, Inc., the industry leader in solar inverter reliability, installability and maintainability, today announced first customer shipments of the new PVP260kW, the flagship product in its growing family of commercial solar inverters. With the announcement, PV Powered further solidifies its position as a center of innovation in the grid-tied solar market.

In today’s highly competitive PV industry where lifetime cost per kWh is now as important as the initial cost per watt, the ability to innovate is critical, and the US designed and manufactured PVP260kW inverter increases reliability by building on the same proven architecture, iterative time-dependent modeling, and validation processes used to develop the highly successful PVP75kW and PVP100kW. This no-compromise approach has once again delivered a number of performance and reliability breakthroughs, including an industry-leading 97% CEC efficiency at 295VDC. The PVP260kW inverter also advances the MPPT voltage performance barrier in two critical areas: first with an industry-leading standard 295VDC input and an optional 265VDC minimum tap and secondly, and more importantly, the ability to operate at full name plate power output across the entire input voltage range.

“The engineering team at PV Powered has delivered another commercial product with significant innovation and market leading performance,” said Gregg Patterson, CEO of PV Powered. “The PVP260kW delivers more energy production on a daily basis, across a wider operating temperature range and input voltage than any other product on the market. These extraordinary performance breakthroughs and a 20-year operating life quite simply mean more money in our customers’ pockets.”

Further refinements in the company’s Smart Air Management™ system deliver an unprecedented level of thermal operating margin and redundant system design, resulting in a commercial inverter than can operate at full power for 20 plus years across a -30 to +50°C operating temperature range even if a fan fails in the field. Quite simply, this means maximum uptime, energy harvest and return on investment for commercial and utility scale solar systems.

“The team at PV Powered are real forward thinking leaders in today’s marketplace and have engineered a commercial inverter platform that is field-proven, installs fast and simply works out of the box every time,” said Sean Angelini, Solar Energy Division Manager of Ray Angelini Incorporated (RAI). “We have had great success with their 100kW inverter and are making the new 260kW inverter the building block for our multi-megawatt systems moving forward.”

PV Powered designs and manufactures their entire line of residential and commercial inverters in the US to meet the unique demands of the North American solar market. Developed with extensive customer input, the highly-integrated PVP260kW inverter saves installers time and money by including load rated AC & DC service disconnects, neutral-free installation, oversized busbar landings and generous cable bending areas for top, bottom and side cable entry options. The company has also greatly simplified performance monitoring by offering inverter-integrated solutions from market leaders Fat Spaniel, Draker, Energy Recommerce, Obvius and Deck Monitoring. Additional balance of system options from PV Powered include integrated revenue-grade meters and sub-combiner monitoring. PV Powered backs all commercial inverters with an industry-leading, 10-year nationwide warranty and the industry’s first 20-year extended warranty.

About PV Powered

Founded in 2003 and based in Bend, Oregon, the privately funded company designs, manufactures and markets the solar industry's most efficient photovoltaic solar inverter solutions. With thousands of its products in use nationwide, PV Powered is the largest inverter manufacturer in the U.S. and brings together one of the most experienced design teams in solar power electronics. For more information, see www.pvpowered.com.

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Erick Petersen
PV Powered
Ph: (541) 788-0797