Tigo Energy Teams with SCHOTT Solar to Bring Electronic Intelligence to PV Projects

October 03, 2010 by Jeff Shepard

Tigo Energy® and SCHOTT Solar announced the companies are working together to bring electronic intelligence to the solar module and increase power output. As part of the partnership, SCHOTT Solar has extensively tested and established system compatibility, including the frame mounting procedure, with the Tigo Energy Maximizer™ Solution and SCHOTT’s solar photovoltaic (PV) modules. Additionally, Tigo Energy will be actively supporting the SCHOTT Solar initiative to include intelligent electronics in next-generation module design.

The Tigo Energy Maximizer Solution is said to create smart modules that provide up to a 20% increase in energy production, active management capabilities and enhanced safety for utility, commercial and residential solar arrays. The implementation of the Tigo Energy PV-Safe™ feature, which enables the deactivation of all high voltage dc on the rooftop, was reviewed by local fire agencies and recognized to significantly reduce risk during a fire emergency.

"Tigo Energy actively supports the SCHOTT Solar initiative to bring increased electronic intelligence to the solar module itself and increase power harvest, and the Tigo Energy Maximizer Solution will help SCHOTT customers achieve that goal," said Jeff Krisa, Vice President at Tigo Energy.

"Customers purchase SCHOTT modules for bankable quality and reliability backed by an industry leading 25-year linear power warranty. When used with the Tigo Energy Maximizer Solution, SCHOTT modules operate at their full potential with all leading inverters, and the system can be economically deployed in any size project," said Mukesh Shah, Product Management Director at SCHOTT Solar PV, USA.

As part of the evaluation stage of the partnership, SCHOTT Solar and Tigo Energy engaged the installation community to validate the customer benefits of the solution. "The Tigo Energy Maximizer solution keeps the SCHOTT POLY 235 modules running at their peak output," said Jeff Wiggins, CEO of SolNV and President of Nevada SEIA. "Tigo Energy and Schott Solar give our customers the peace-of-mind of being able to watch the energy production of each module for the full life of the installation." SolNV completed the 5.7kW system installation earlier this year.

Tigo Energy has developed its Maximizer technology aimed at accelerating the adoption of today’s photovoltaic components and technologies increasing system output and maintenance effectiveness. Tigo Energy products are available in high volume and can be deployed in residential, commercial or utility scale systems.