Shoals Technologies Group and Solantro Semiconductor partner for Development of Advanced Module Integrated Electronics, AC-InterConnect and Enhanced Balance of System (BOS) Solutions

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Shoals Technologies Group and Solantro Semiconductor today announced a product development partnership to accelerate the deployment of highly-integrated, module integrated electronic (MIE) solutions with innovative AC–InterConnect and Balance of System (BOS) implementations.

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Shoals Technologies Group and Solantro Semiconductor today announced a product development partnership to accelerate the deployment of highly-integrated, module integrated electronic (MIE) solutions with innovative AC–InterConnect and Balance of System (BOS) implementations.

These solutions are designed to optimize and accelerate the integration of distributed AC PV-inverters directly within Solar PV modules to meet the reliability, performance, cost and built-in safety requirements of PV stakeholders. This product development partnership will result in the global availability of intelligent, highly-integrated nano and micro-inverter solutions in a flexible form-factor to cost-effectively address BIPV, Thin-Film and c-Si Solar PV module integrated electronics in power ratings ranging from 50W to 300W.

Building on Shoals’ earlier announced collaborations for the development of the MultiLink™ flexible accessory module connectivity system, Solantro’s integrated circuit and reference design developments provide the disruptive technology advancements necessary to accelerate the growing mainstream adoption of module integrated electronics, particularly in the AC InterConnectivity area.

Shoals will provide MultiLink™ accessory modules, custom junction boxes and AC InterConnectivity solutions, while Solantro will develop the advanced, module integrated inverter technology.

Initial deployment of these MultiLink™ AC-module-integrated solutions and Shoals Connect™ AC-InterConnect will begin with a limited number of hand-selected, innovative, PV-module suppliers beginning in Q4/2011. General market availability is scheduled for Q3/2012.

“We see the future and the future is more and more module integration.” commented Shoals’ Founder and CEO Dean Solon. “Solantro’s technology offers us the ability to integrate a higher degree of intelligent functionality within our MultiLink™ accessory modules and junction boxes as well as to reduce the overall PV system installation costs for our customers.”

“Working with the industry’s leading and most innovative BOS partner - Shoals Technologies, provides us an ideal vehicle to bring our disruptive PV module integrated electronic IC chipset technology to market. Partners such as Shoals share our innovative and disruptive view for the evolution of the Solar PV marketplace,” said Solantro’s Founder and CEO Antoine Paquin.
At Solar Power International (SPI) 2011, customers are invited to visit Shoals Technologies Group at Booth #5127.

About Shoals Technologies Group
A leading manufacturer of balance of systems products, Shoals Technologies Group has grown exponentially through innovation and diversification since 1996. Maintaining a diverse portfolio of PV balance of systems products, including, combiner/re-combiner boxes, disconnecting combiner boxes, custom harnessing solutions, junction boxes, PV wire, in-line fuses, racking and PV monitoring solutions, Shoals continues to increase its market share and stand as a torch bearer in the United States alternative energy industry.
http://www.shoals.com

About Solantro Semiconductor
Solantro Semiconductor Corp. is a world leader in module integrated electronic technology for distributed intelligent solar solutions. Founded in 2009, the company has assembled a team of proven entrepreneurs with deep experience in system architecture, semiconductors, power conversion, RF and distributed communications systems. Solantro is working closely with select visionary partners and customers to fundamentally redefine the manageability, scalability, reliability and economics of grid-tied Solar PV installations through deployment of highly-distributed power system architectures based on solid-state innovations.
http://www.solantro.com

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