The Return of the American-Made Inverter

Yaskawa Solectria SLX

 

Yaskawa Solectria Solar recently announced the launch of the SLX 1000 and SLX 1500 string inverters for commercial and utility-scale applications. The new inverters are engineered, designed and manufactured in the USA, and are the first PV inverters to be built at Yaskawa’s state of the art production facilities in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. The SLX 1000 and SLX 1500 family promises to set a higher standard for inverter quality and reliability in the PV industry. So what exactly does a high-quality inverter look like, and how can a manufacturer instill confidence in customers that this new level of quality has been achieved?

Yaskawa Solectria Solar’s dedication to total quality control standards enabled the company to achieve the most prestigious quality award in the world, the Deming Application Prize. This high-level quality standard is incorporated into all new products that come from Yaskawa Solectria Solar. In addition to traditional ALT (accelerated life testing) and HALT (highly accelerated life testing) testing, every single component used in building the inverters is tested separately. All components have been upgraded to enhance reliability and performance. More rigorous testing methods have been introduced to ensure SLX 1000 and SLX 1500 inverters can withstand heat, cold, water, dust and vibration, and are designed to last up to 30 years.

Furthermore, SLX inverters come with wireless HMI that allows customers to easily view all of their inverters in a system. Standardized communication protocols allow the SLX to easily connect to any network and lower balance of system costs. From a single location, customers can access all inverters on-site via WiFi; in addition, remote diagnostics and firmware upgrades simplify fleet management. The new level of reliability lowers overall system costs and enhances operational efficiency.

All Yaskawa Solectria Solar design and engineering teams are based in the United States, which means all troubleshooting, analysis, and design improvements will happen quickly. Compared to overseas manufacturing where design and upgrades can take weeks or even months, Yaskawa Solectria Solar can create real time improvements in days.

Localized service also means faster and more reliable after-market support. This technical support is performed by Yaskawa Solectria Solar’s world class customer support team, staffed by degreed engineers who provide industry leading response times to inquiries.

Yaskawa Solectria's Made in America products provide the safety and security that certain projects require, while also building solar job growth in the United States.

When entering into a 25-year relationship with an inverter company, quality and reliability are essential factors in making the final buying decision. The new SLX 1000 and SLX 1500 inverters, built in America with the highest quality standards, are raising the bar on PV inverter reliability and performance.

To learn more about SLX products contact your CivicSolar account manager.