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AP Systems – Integra Solar Blog

AP Systems was founded in 2010 in Silicon Valley, USA, and since 2019 is ranked the number one multi-module microinverter manufacturer worldwide. The company has hundreds of thousands of systems installed in over eighty countries, making it the company with the second-largest market share among independent microinverter suppliers. As a Global Leader in its field APS R&D and Manufacturing is based on proprietary solar technology offering the widest range of microinverters available on the market.

APS Micro Inverters combine highly efficient power inversion that can add up to 20% more Output than conventional String Inverter Technology and were the First with a True 3 Phase Micro Inverter in the YC1000.

A truly Global Brand with more than 100,000 Installations and +110 Patents, APS is represented by offices on all continents. Accelerated Testing of more than 20,000 hours guarantees the quality of APS Micros with a failure rate of only 0.3%

Integra has partnered with APS in an effort to accelerate the status of APS amazing Innovations in Micro Inverter Products and Technology for the Australian Market to the equivalent of its Global Reputation.

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APS Company Highlights

  • Founded 2010 Silicon Valley the USA
  • Global Company represented in 80 Countries
  • 100,000 Installations
  • Accelerated Testing of 20,000 hours
  • 0.3% Global Failure Rate
  • First True 3 Phase Micro Inverter
  • 750 MW Shipped

AP Systems offers advanced and powerful solar microinverter technology, among the best in the world. The hallmark of APS Systems is a combination of highly efficient power inversion and an easy to use monitoring interface. This makes the provision of reliable and intelligent energy much easier. To achieve these results, AP Systems makes use of proprietary technology, which not only increases the solar harvest but also ensures that photovoltaic arrays are constantly operating at maximum output and efficiency. AP Systems’ Inverters maximize energy generation and boost efficiency by up to 20% when compared to a standard string inverter system. AP Systems’ Single microinverter can be attached on as many as two to four solar modules simultaneously, and with a warranty of ten years (extendable to twenty-five), product longevity and customer security are not likely to be issues. Furthermore, the company seems to be in a healthy financial state. It currently ranks among the highest microinverter suppliers in the world, and this is unlikely to change anytime soon.

AP Systems has solutions for residential and commercial needs, and the company has repeatedly reiterated its commitment to achieving high levels of customer satisfaction and pursuing a no-compromise approach when it comes to quality. No matter where AP Systems’ microinverters are manufactured, and no matter where they ship to internationally, customers can rest assured that they will be of similar quality, one that is exceedingly high. The sheer number of microinverters that AP Systems ships out annually is a testament to the international market’s positive reception of these products. Furthermore, AP Systems’ microinverters have marked a breakthrough in solar inverter technology. They make solar arrays a much more viable option by making them more powerful, increasing their efficiency to a degree not before seen, by making them smarter, safer, bankable and cost-efficient.

They work by individually monitoring the power generation of each solar module and boosting the system as and when required to ensure maximum output. On average, customers have seen a 20% increase in energy output from installed arrays after installing AP Systems’ microinverters. Furthermore, these microinverters can handle two photovoltaic (PV) modules each, reducing the upfront cost of installation as well as the balance-of-system cost. The company’s microinverters are engineered for safety, and they comply with NEC (National Electric Code) 2014 requirements. The NEC provides a standard of safety for wiring and electricity generation and transmission equipment in the United States. The NEC is widely used in North America and the United Kingdom. The NEC’s requirements for Rapid Shutdown come installed in AP Systems microinverters out of the box. This ensures the safety of the system, as well as installers, users and first responders, should an unfortunate event ever arise.

It has already been mentioned that AP Systems microinverters mark a technological breakthrough in solar technology and that they make PV systems more reliable, smarter, safer and more cost-effective. It may now be best to address the ‘how’ that comes with this claim.

To begin with, conventional systems in a string configuration can operate only as effective as the lowest-performing module, just as a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. This leaves the entire system vulnerable to reduced output should only a single array suffer from a performance impediment. For instance, if one array in a string were to be covered by dust, leaves or even shade, it would result in reduced output across the board. All the modules in the array would suffer from reduced performance output. AP Systems inverters do not suffer from this design limitation. AP Systems microinverters monitor each array and module individually and tweak its performance as required. This smart technology allows for modules unaffected by the aforementioned impediments to operating at optimal capacity, while any handicapped modules will see the reduced output. On average, this will result in a 20% increase in performance. This technology is ideal for residential and commercial arrays. They not only reduce cost, both up-front and installation but also operation costs and keep output up.

When customers purchase items as long-lasting as a photovoltaic system, longevity is a primary concern. Modern PV systems are incredibly resilient compared to systems of just a few decades prior, and they come with decent warranty coverage more often than not, but a warranty is only as good as the company’s ability to deliver on it. Therefore, when considering longevity, it is not only essential to consider the product in question, but also the company itself. The health of the company is of paramount importance in this day and age. To that end, it is important to consider the history of AP Systems, just as important as it is to consider its products.

The company has extensive experience in the solar industry, and is easily a leading manufacturer of semiconductor and telecom technologies, as well as in the solar industry. As such, the company is sufficiently diverse enough to be able to weather any busts in the solar boom, as will undoubtedly happen. It is an economic certainty that unless artificially manipulated, supply will inevitably outstrip demand, so long as the profit margin is reasonable. In the case of the solar industry, there does not appear to be an incentive to curtail supply, as there is for the petroleum industry. Ergo, it stands to reason that with the plethora of companies cropping up in the PV industry, the boom will likely subside, and there will be a bust. The companies that will survive this bust in decent financial health are the ones that will diversify. So the question is has AP Systems diversified enough? The answer is a resounding yes. As stated earlier, AP Systems is an industry leader in the telecom and semiconductor industries as well. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that the company can sustain itself, should the dip in demand for solar-powered systems eventually arrive. But that’s not the only ace AP systems has up its sleeve. The company is extensively involved in new research to hone its already considerably sharp cutting edge in the PV industry. Suffice it to say, AP Systems’ future appears secure.

This brings us to another important but often overlooked facet of AP Systems’ offerings to the solar panel market in Australia; namely, safety. Australians are not exactly known for being stingy when it comes to family safety. The average Australian would probably spend a pretty penny more if it meant peace of mind as far as their family’s safety was concerned. Think of it this way, what is family safety worth to the average consumer? Probably quite a lot. If the options were between a cheaper and less safe system and a more expensive, yet more expensive system, consumers would probably opt for the latter, unless finances were far too constricted. A corporation may well take advantage of this sentiment and put a premium on safer products (it has been known to happen in the past), but that company would not be AP Systems. Not only are AP Systems microinverters incredibly safe, as mentioned before, but they also do not charge a premium for this added safety. This fits nicely with the company’s Core Values; Innovation, Agility, Value and Integrity, emphasis on value and integrity. Along with their state of the art safety features, AP Systems microinverters have incredibly good value for the price. Sure, they may not be the cheapest in the market, but then again, a customer has to ask themselves, what is the safety of their family and their business worth?

AP Systems is constantly raising the bar for the solar industry. They are at the bleeding-edge of microinverter technology through relentless innovation and a zero-compromise policy towards customer satisfaction and safety. With a truly global outreach, AP Systems is bringing advanced solar technology to every corner of the world.


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