Magnetek Solar Inverters Meet California and National Standards

January 10, 2006 by Jeff Shepard

Magnetek Inc. has announced that its transformerless Aurora™ photovoltaic inverters have been listed by the California Energy Commission and meet the latest National Electrical Code (NEC) standards.

Magnetek's transformerless Aurora inverters have now been added to the California Energy Commission's List of Eligible Inverters, part of the CEC's "Emerging Renewables" program created to boost demand for renewable energy sources by offering rebates to consumers who install products and systems meeting certain eligibility requirements. Consequently, Aurora inverters are eligible for the rebate program. The transformerless inverters also meet the requirements of the latest U.S. National Electric Code (NEC), which was issued in 2005 and is now being adopted by local jurisdictions.

Magnetek's Aurora 3.6-kilowatt transformerless inverters are more compact and lighter in weight than transformer-type inverters and offer efficiencies of up to 96%. They also feature two independent Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) circuits - an industry first - affording maximum energy harvesting from solar arrays. Combined with their high efficiency, the ability to optimize two solar arrays provides exceptional system design flexibility.

According to Stephen R. Torres, Magnetek's executive vice president for alternative energy products, meeting CEC and new NEC requirements should serve to accelerate the adoption of the Company's solar power inverters in the pivotal California market and throughout North America.