Xantrex Debuts Exchange Program for Solar Inverter

October 21, 2003 by Jeff Shepard

Xantrex Technology Inc. (Burnaby, BC) announced that it is offering a product exchange program for home owners and renewable energy dealers unable to obtain warranty and repair support for Advanced Energy Inc.'s (AEI) GC1000 inverter; the company filed for bankruptcy in 2002.

For $1,250, qualified homeowners and renewable energy dealers can exchange an AEI GC 1000 inverter in any condition for a new Xantrex SunTie XR 5.0. The package includes a rain shield, a five-year warranty and shipping. The package has a retail value of $2,884. Xantrex said the exchange program represents savings of approximately $1,600 for qualified participants and is being offered to homeowners with installed AEI GC1000s and dealers with AEI GC1000 inverters in stock.

Xantrex stated that retrofitting a SunTie XR 5.0 for an AEI GC 1000 inverter should be relatively straightforward for installers since both products are 48V nominal input inverters. In addition, the SunTie XR 5.0 has a significantly higher power level and provides homeowners with flexibility to expand their system by installing additional modules.