SunPower introduces SunPower Equinox system

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6 April 2016, Nuclear, Solar, Wind

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It is the first residential solar solution in the nation in which every major component has been designed and engineered by one company to work seamlessly together, delivering unbeatable power, long-term performance and curb appeal. With a typical SunPower Equinox installation, only the solar panels and a Smart Energy management device are visible, reflecting SunPower's minimalist architectural approach at the system level.

The SunPower Equinox platform was engineered based on the company's The Power of One philosophy, which drives innovation of preconfigured solutions that simplify solar for consumers. In 2010, SunPower introduced its Oasis Power Plant, the world's first fully integrated utility solar platform, which enables rapid, cost-effective construction of large-scale power plants, now with over 1.8 gigawatts deployed. In 2015, SunPower introduced the industry's first fully integrated solar solution for commercial customers, the SunPower Helix system, which can be installed on commercial rooftops more than 2.5 times faster than any commercial solar solution on the market. Now, the SunPower Equinox system brings The Power of One to homeowners.

"The SunPower Equinox system is a game changer for home solar," said Howard Wenger, SunPower president, business units. "This powerfully elegant solution produces 70 percent more energy with 70 percent fewer visible parts compared to conventional solar, and we're backing it by the best combined power and product warranty in the industry. SunPower continues to raise the innovation bar by delivering solutions that make the complex simple, reducing costs, speeding installation, and increasing satisfaction for our customers - while improving quality and aesthetics."

Key SunPower Equinox elements and homeowner benefits include: high-efficiency SunPower solar panels, including the X22, which delivers greater than 22 percent efficiency and 70 percent more energy than conventional solar panels from the same space over 25 years along with industry-best aesthetics; SunPower microinverters, which are integrated into each solar panel at SunPower's factory rather than attached by hand on rooftops as with conventional solar systems; the low-profile, all-black SunPower InvisiMount mounting system, engineered to be hidden beneath solar panels and hardly seen; SunPower's EnergyLink ecosystem; and an industry-leading, 25-year product and power warranty for the entire solar array consisting of SunPower solar panels, the factory-integrated SunPower microinverters, and the SunPower InvisiMount mounting system.

SunPower microinverters are specifically designed for SunPower panels, and enable each panel to operate at peak performance independently. SunPower microinverters also allow for system designs that safely conceal wiring behind walls and under roofs, eliminating a need for visible conduit.

SunPower's EnergyLink ecosystem, is a Smart Energy management platform that tracks energy production and consumption in real time. The revolutionary hardware, which is smaller than a shoe box, combines six devices into one elegantly designed SunPower unit. Preconfigured wiring inside expedites both system installation and commissioning. The software offers an intuitive user interface, empowering homeowners to set energy goals and take control of their energy future.

"Conventional home solar design and systems can be complicated and not harmonious, with companies assembling disparate parts - each built in isolation by different manufacturers," Wenger continued. "For homeowners, this piecemeal approach can result in decreased performance, substandard reliability, low-quality aesthetics, and longer installation times. With 30 years of experience and a vertically integrated business model, SunPower is uniquely positioned to offer a holistic solution like the SunPower Equinox system to consumers."

SunPower recently launched a consumer awareness campaign called "Demand Better Solar" reminding homeowners that solar technology differs widely from brand to brand. Not all solar systems deliver the most energy, look as elegant on a roof, or are guaranteed to last as long as promised. However, with the SunPower Equinox system, US homeowners can have the best solar technology available today.

Source: MarketLine

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