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Sharp Unveils Sunvista Inverter for US Market

August 03, 2003 by Jeff Shepard

The Solar Systems Division of Sharp Electronics Corp. (SEC, Huntington Beach, CA), which is the US sales and marketing subsidiary of Sharp Corp. (Osaka, Japan), has released the JH-3500U Sunvista inverter. Manufactured by Sharp, the Sunvista inverter offers 3,500W output and is the first inverter to be released by the corporation in the US.

The new American inverter is very similar to the Japanese counterpart. The Sunvista is engineered to blend power from up to three different input strings, each varying by number, model and angle of modules, and meets UL and IEEE 929 standards. The inverter is perfectly matched to Sharp photovoltaic modules and mounting hardware. The JH3500U is also compatible with other manufacturers' systems and is suitable for both residential and commercial applications. The Sunvista inverter maintains stable power output even in extreme temperatures with its active cooling system and high efficiency. The unit operates at a constant output-over-heat up to 40°C with no change in performance.

Sharp is now offering a comprehensive training program for licensed contractors seeking to become certified in the specification and installation of grid-connected Sharp inverters and Sunvista residential solar systems. Sharp is currently conducting training in Huntington Beach, CA, and will begin training in Mahwah, NJ, later this summer. Training is also planned in Memphis, TN, where the company has begun initial production of solar energy products.