Intersolar 2022 Trends

Solar Technologies and Trends from Intersolar 2022

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Intersolar 2022 marked the first time in two years that the solar industry was able to come together to showcase the latest in PV innovation. Though not as crowded as in years past, the exhibit hall was still buzzing with excitement as companies in every sector had the chance to finally reveal their big ideas and new technologies designed to move the industry forward. 

Energy Storage: It’s becoming increasingly rare to talk about a solar project that doesn’t also include energy storage – whether utility scale, commercial or home battery back-up. There are dozens of new energy storage players in the market, and some inverter manufacturers are diversifying to provide inverter+energy storage integration, promising greater system optimization derived from components that are manufactured to work together seamlessly.

PVComplete’s solar design engineers frequently work with solar installers who are expanding their businesses to include storage offerings. Reach out to us if you have questions about how to integrate storage with your solar project.

Mitigating the Impacts of Supply Chain Disruptions: Using less steel has always been a ground mount project driver, but now with steel prices at record levels and global supply chains failing so far to normalize, reducing the amount of steel required to complete a project has never been more important.

PVComplete’s PVCAD Mega software enables utility-scale solar project developers to employ pier analysis to size every post to the terrain requirements of its unique location on the site. The result is less steel and lower material costs than projects in which all piers are manufactured at a uniform height. 

Mounting System Diversification – Whether it’s vertically mounted bi-facial modules, ground mount systems that eliminate a racking system entirely, new tracker technologies or roof mount systems designed for greater stability in extreme weather and wind conditions, the number of mounting system options continues to multiply and diversify at a rapid pace.

Choosing a mounting system based on a comparison between manufacturers’ spec sheets can be a daunting task. That’s why PVSketch and PVSketch Mega make it easy to quickly create layouts featuring an unlimited number of different racking manufacturers so that project developers and EPCs can choose a mounting system based on quantitative facts – such as which manufacturer and model requires the fewest number of foundations or the least amount of steel, which system is best suited to project site’s unique terrain, or how much of a site is rackable with each mounting system.

PVComplete’s solar design engineers are also on call to provide live, expert support in connection with racking system selection.

Micro Inverters Continue to Sideline String Inverters: Especially for residential and smaller commercial projects. Enphase’s release of the new IQ8 grid forming micro-inverter is an innovative development. With this new technology solar homeowners can keep the power on during an outage without the need for an energy storage battery.  

Call our design services team to explore the best means to integrate that new technology in your next project, once available.

No matter the trend, PVComplete’s suite of advanced PV project sales and design software products enable our customers to tackle the most complex engineering challenges and streamline residential, commercial and utility-scale solar project execution from concept to construction. Beyond just sophisticated software, our solar engineers are available to deliver expert technical support and essential services to improve project outcomes, such as plan sets, permit packages, engineering stamps and more.