Schneider Electric Solar, the solar business division of Schneider Electric, hit a milestone this week as its latest hybrid inverter, Conext XW Pro, was included on the Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) Qualified Equipment List for Grid Support Utility Interactive Inverters and Controllers.
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Since the launch of Conext XW Pro inverter/charger in early 2019, Schneider Electric has been continually expanding its utility interconnect approvals, and HECO’s Rule 14H is the latest addition of the grid code compliance. The XW Pro is now compliant with:
- IEEE 2030.5 for utility and virtual power plant interoperability,
- IEEE 1547, UL 1741 SA, Rule 21, and HECO Rule 14H for utility interconnections in United States,
- PREPA approval for Puerto Rico, and
- CSA 107.1 for Canada
Hawaii has embraced solar due to the island’s high electricity costs and an abundance of sunshine. The state has one of the highest per-capita rates of solar power in the US, with a goal of 100 percent renewables by 2045. The recent report shows that 19 percent of residential customers in Hawaiian Electric’s five-island service territory are using rooftop solar, up from 18 percent in 2018.
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“Conext XW Pro’s high overload power rating and integrated high speed transfer switch provide seamless and reliable backup power when the grid goes down,” says Bernhard Kiechl, VP of Marketing, Research & Development, Schneider Electric Solar Business. “With the HECO Rule 14H certification, the XW Pro customers can export excess energy to the grid under HECO Self-Supply and NEM Plus programs. The XW Pro’s compatibility with multiple battery technologies allows solar installers to design flexible systems based on the homeowners’ needs.”
Schneider Electric also offers robust solar + storage monitoring and configuration with advanced data security for homeowners and installers alike. The system performance is accessible from anywhere on laptops or via the mobile app. Installers will take advantage of features such as multi-site management and remote firmware upgrade.