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Where are we headed with off-grid PV?

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An increasing number of people choose to design their PV system so it can be used even when the grid power has gone – as a back-up, so to speak. But there are markets where off-grid PV is not the back-up solution, but it is the primary source of power. There are numerous examples ranging from holiday homes and house boats in the south of Europe, to remote farmhouses, and rural regions in Africa and Asia where people don’t always have grid access. To this end, our webinar partner Solis has introduced its latest off-grid inverter which kicks into life at a mere 500 V input voltage.

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Where are we headed with off-grid PV?

An increasing number of people choose to design their PV system so it can be used even when the grid power has gone – as a back-up, so to speak. But there are markets where off-grid PV is not the back-up solution, but it is the primary source of power. There are numerous examples ranging from holiday homes and house boats in the south of Europe, to remote farmhouses, and rural regions in Africa and Asia where people don’t always have grid access.

To this end, our webinar partner Solis has introduced its latest off-grid inverter which kicks into life at a mere 500 V input voltage. That gives the device an advantage during morning and evening hours, when system voltages will drop a bit. And as versatile as the list of possible users for an off-grid inverter is the list of Solis’ functions it has packed into machine.

Joining us from Solis is James Frank. He is the company’s Country Manager South Africa, and he is going to discuss why it is important to be able to use the inverter as a standalone, with or without storage and run all loads just from a battery, in an off-grid scenario. In a true off-grid situation everything is dependent on the availability of solar power, which is why generating as much power as possible and being able to utilize it all is top priority.

Adding to the discussion around off-grid development we will be hearing from Parag Bhamre, a partner at market analysis institute EUPD Research.  Parag will share trends and market insights on the biggest regions globally for off-grid solar products.

pv magazine Webinar content:

  • Off-Grid solar different use cases
  • The biggest markets for off-grid solar
  • What functions should off-grid inverters have
  • Q&A

Questions can be submitted beforehand or during the webinar through a chat window. Blake Matich, Editor at pv magazine will be the moderator of this webinar.

Registration for this pv magazine Webinar is free of charge.

Speakers

James Frank | Country Manager South Africa, Solis

Parag Bhamre | Partner, EUPD Research

Parag Bhamre is an experienced consultant working in the solar and storage domain. He started his career working in the PV industry in 2010. During the last decade, he has conducted numerous market research and consulting projects in the field of photovoltaics and energy storage spanning numerous geographies. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Leipzig Graduate School of Management, Germany, a bachelors’ degree in computer science and is currently based in Dubai, UAE

Moderators

Blake Matich | Editor, pv magazine

Blake is a writer and journalist with international experience covering politics, culture, the arts and most recently the solar PV industry. From Sydney, Blake is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Berlin.

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