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Changes To SA Inverter Standards

Changes To SA Inverter Standards

The new SA inverter standards have kicked!

To meet the new voltage ride requirements, all smart meters installed in SA after 28 September 2020 must have at least two elements and inverters must have internet capability*.

RFI Solar are stocked with Enphase, SMA and our Solar Connectivity Solution to ensure your installs are compliant.

Click the ‘Learn More’ button below to check out our range.

*Information provided by Clean Energy Council. View full source here.

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RFI’s Solar Connectivity Solution Provides Connectivity For System Monitoring In A Commercial Enphase Solar Installation

RFI's Solar Connectivity Solution Provides Connectivity For System Monitoring In A Commercial Enphase Solar Installation

RFI worked with Harvey Norman Commercial Division to supply and install communication solutions to provide connectivity to allow for essential solar monitoring on the Enphase Enlighten portal.

The Challenge:

Monitoring is an essential part of set up and maintenance of a commercial solar system. For access restriction reasons the connectivity available on-site could not be utilised by the installation team for monitoring purposes. Therefore, an independent connectivity solution was needed to be sourced and installed by the installation team.

As a commercial site, it was important to ensure that any solution for providing connectivity was enterprise level with reliability and security a priority for both the hardware and the SIM connection components. Any solution would also need to be appropriate for long term deployment and future proof against known technology changes. As an additional challenge on the site, one of the modems was to be located within a concrete room, creating a challenge for receiving reception with the site.

The Solution:

Our partner, Harvey Norman Commercial, had consulted and installed the solar system and hardware. As experienced providers of solar communication hardware, RFI was consulted for a solution that would be able to provide long term connectivity with high reliability.

The requirement for a connectivity system which was highly reliable, secure and easy to install made RFI’s Solar Connectivity Solution an ideal solution. The MA-2055 modem in the bundle is an industrial grade modem, bundled with Vodafone’s IoT SIM, it ensured that an enterprise-level solution was installed. With multicarrier redundancy and superior security with the IoT SIM’s Access Control list ensuring that only desired websites can be accessed, the need for a secure and reliable system was also ensured. The bundle is also 4G ready and so no changes will need to be made when 3G connectivity is lost at the site.

To assist with the challenge of receiving reception into the concrete room RFI was able to supply the CSM500 with a custom length cable to mount the antenna exterior to the building. The low-profile bracket mountable antenna made for perfect integration into the install as it was able to provide adequate reception without compromising building aesthetic.

The Results:

Utilising RFI’s Solar Connectivity Solution and the CSM500 antenna connectivity was able to be organised for the system. This allowed for the quick, easy and reliable deployment of connectivity which meant monitoring in the Enpase Enlighten Portal was able to be accessed and set up rapidly and efficiently.

Watch the video here to see how connection was established in minutes.

To download a copy of the full case study, please click the link below.

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RFI Technology Solutions & S-5! Partnership Announcement

RFI Technology Solutions & S-5! Partnership Announcement

RFI Technology Solutions are proud to announce our new partnership with S-5!

With a global portfolio of metal-roof solar arrays made in the USA, S-5!’s products have revolutionised the metal roofing industry for over 28 years.

This partnership only strengthens RFI’s solar solution offering to the Australian marketplace. 

Having a strong alignment between our businesses S-5! provides high-quality and well-engineered metal-roof solar products.

We are excited to bring S-5! on as they continue to expand their presence throughout APAC.

If you would like more information about the partnership, please call 1300 000 734 to speak to our Customer Experience Team.

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iBoards Arrive at RFI

iBoards are the new Plug & Play pre-made distribution board – making your Enphase installations faster and easier – saving valuable time onsite.

Meter boxes are becoming so cluttered and there is not much room to mount the envoy, circuit breakers and CTs but with the iBoard your install is now effortless.

All wiring is boot lace crimped for solid, safe & secure terminations.

Completely pre wired & neat cable management.

Consumption CT cabling installed from Envoy to large terminal strips inside the enclosure to make connection of the consumption CT cabling easy and fast.

Enough room to fit the Enphase mobile connect module inside enclosure.

The latest Enphase software and CT configuration pre-programmed saving you up to 1 hour onsite

AC battery & AC solar label kit included

Built for electricians by electricians

Five years warranty on parts

Clear window for viewing LED communication lights

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REC Alpha Has Arrived.

The World’s Most Powerful 60 Cell Solar Panel is available now.

Manufactured in Singapore, the game-changing REC Alpha has now arrived in our National Distribution Centre and available for shipment to you!

What is the REC Alpha?

The REC Alpha is a 365W solar panel packaged in a 60-cell footprint.

Heterojunction (HJT) cell technology

 

  • No LID = no power loss; you get the power you pay for
  • Leading temperature coefficient means more energy as temperature rises
  • Maximum power for maximum savings and accelerated return on investment
  • Its leading power density (217 watts/m²) is ideal to get the most from limited spaces
  • Over 20% more power on your roof compared to conventional panels

Advanced cell connection technology

 

  • Increased number of wires greatly improves flow of electricity current
  • Eliminating invasive soldering removes risk of cell damage or microcracks for long-lasting high performance
  • Stylish looks thanks to thin, barely-visible wires and uniformly black-colored cells
  • Full-black variant is a design masterpiece and the most elegant feature for your home
  • Solder-free cells reduces lead content by a colossal 81%
  • Environmentally-friendly manufacturing drastically reduces carbon footprint

REC Alpha empowers homeowners to drastically

reduce their carbon footprint

A 6.1 kW installation (~16 x 380 Wp REC Alpha panels) creates over 7,200 kWh of clean energy per year. This cuts CO2 emissions of a home by 4.3 tons per year. Equivalent to:

REC’s iconic Twin panel design

 

  • Award-winning design, pioneered by REC
  • Panel split into two ‘Twin’ sections
  • Reduces internal resistance for more power and reliability
  • Continued energy production in shaded conditions means you see higher energy yields

Super-strong frame

 

  • Support bars protect cells and glass from bending under load
  • Allows extreme loads up to 7000 Pa
  • Panels maintain high performance levels over the installation lifetime
  • 30 mm frame height makes panel easier to handle
  • Frame design allows optimized transportation: more panels/pallet = more panels/container = fewer trucks on the road = more savings

Industry-leading warranty

 

  • 25 year product warranty*: covers any panel defects
  • 25 year performance warranty: ensures panels perform exactly as they’re expected to – every year for 25 years
  • 25 year labor warranty*: gives added protection in case a panel needs to be serviced
  • At least 92% of nameplate power in year 25; an industry best
  • Unprecedented savings, more economic security, and greater energy autonomy for consumers

Everything you need

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Wireless solar communications solutions with LoRa radio

Wireless solar communications solutions with LoRa radio

By Monique Merino, RFI Product Manager (IoT)

As solar installations continue to increase and we move more towards smart grid solutions which require more connectivity, having a reliable connection for your solar system is essential. Modern solar inverters require connectivity to communicate data back to an internet connected portal.  RFI has the innovative solution to for this (and many other) solar applications.

If you have ever had a solar system installed, or are an installer yourself, you will have come across the situation of having to run a hard-line RS485 cable from your inverter to your meter unit through impractical or almost impossible terrain when connecting your inverter to a meter. While this is the recommended solution from many inverter manufacturers it is often impractical, expensive or impossible to lay a hardwired cable for RS485. This calls for a more innovative approach to achieve communications between a meter and inverter.

Communications in solar installations is often seen as a mysterious and complex part of the install, but it doesn’t need to be. Using a pair of Maxon Datamax LoRa terminals a wireless RS485 link can be established within minutes. As small outstation devices, the terminals are fitted with RS485 (and RS232) serial connectivity, this allows for direct connectivity to the inverter comms interface through the RS485 serial connector commonly found on solar inverters. The terminals are then programmed to talk to each other over LoRa radio through paired device IDs, matching frequency and data rate. With supply from RFI terminals can be supplied pre-programmed with settings appropriate for your device to further simplify setup.

So, what are the advantages of using the Maxon Datamax LoRa terminal solution for inverter communications? LoRa is a LPWAN communications protocol, this means that it is low power consumption solution that can communicate over a long range. This makes it better suited to these sorts of applications when compared to other protocols that have been tested for this use case, such as WiFi, which are designed for high-power short-range solutions. LoRa’s embedded end to end encryption and redundancy for packet finality also make it a desirable and versatile solution. The ease of installation of the product and the low power, low cost of the LoRa terminals also makes them an economical solution when compared to the cost of running long cable runs.

Since a large range of solar inverters and meters can be connected by RS485 or RS232 this makes this solution compatible with a wide range of devices and brands. This illustrates the flexibility of the Maxon Datamax LoRa terminal solution for wireless solar communications.

For any additional information, please contact the sales team at enquiry@rfi.com.au.

Monique Merino, Product Manager (IoT)

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RFI Partners with RedEarth Energy Storage- Introduces BlackMax All-in-one Solution

RFI is excited to partner with RedEarth Energy Storage, releasing the BlackMax range of DIY Small Off-Grid Energy Storage. The BlackMax is available now from RFI in 2 versions, providing reliable power for applications such as sheds, workshops, transportable units or small living structures.

What is the BlackMax?

Robust enough to power or charge up all the tools and bar fridge, yet lightweight enough to not impose on the backyard, RedEarth’s Shed System is perfect for use where its name suggests.

The BlackMax’s main advantages are its low cost and capabilities for DIY installation. It can be as simple as placing the system in the desired location, laying solar panels and connecting them to a power board.

What are the benefits?

The RedEarth BlackMax is an all-in-one integrated power standalone system- maximising solar power and harvesting & providing reliable power for applications such as sheds & workshops.

Each system includes:

4 or 8 kWh RedEarth Tropical lithium battery

Solar PV charger that charges the battery bank

An inverter to provide power to AC loads from the battery bank

An AC rectifier so that the battery can be charged from an AC input source and connection.

An advanced Digital Signal Processor (DSP) in the PCU controls the power flow

RFI’s Range

The BlackMax is available now from RFI in 2 versions, depending on your battery sizing requirements:

BlackMax 4kWh All-in-one Battery Storage System
(RE-BMAX-3.3-4.0)

Includes:
– 3.3 kW inverter with output of 2.5 kw max.
– 4.0 kWh nominal battery capacity

BlackMax 8kWh All-in-one Battery Storage System
(RE-BMAX-3.3-8.0)

Includes:
– 3.3 kW inverter with output of 2.5 kw max.
– 8.0 kWh nominal battery capacity

About RedEarth Energy Storage

RedEarth Energy Storage are Australian owned and operated with state-of-the-art products engineered and assembled on home soil. RedEarth are specialists in the field of energy storage, designing professional battery systems to improve sustainability, energy freedom and kerb appeal for homeowners, country and commercial clients in both on-grid and off-grid systems.

Have questions?

Contact the RFI team at the form below and we will talk you through the best solution to suit your application.

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RFI at All Energy 2018

It’s the solar industry’s time to shine on October 3-4 at the All-Energy 2018 Expo in Melbourne! Join us on stand 2534.

What are we displaying?

Sneak Peak- Special Launches!

Need Cellular Comms? Introducing RFI’s all-in-one, plug and play Comms solution. RFI’s solar solutions meets our global expertise in wireless communications!

Take a look at the brand NEW BYD B-Plus L, complementing the existing HV and LV range. This great new product is about to hit Australian shores.

AND

Be the first in Australia to see the unit coupled with a world-leading inverter brand. A game changer in BYD inverter compatibility!

Book a meeting with us.

We will be displaying complete solutions for all of the above.

RFI is also pre-arranging meetings with customers on our stand (2534) at over the 2 days. Simply click the link below, propose a time and we’ll get back to you right away. 

  • Need a technical or sales discussion with one of our Product Managers?
  • Want to meet a representative from one of our brands?
  • Want to be introduced to the RFI solutions offering?
  • Want to become a member of the Power Partners PowerUP points program?
  • Need a technical discussion on BYD Energy Storage solutions?
  • Interested in our range of connectivity solutions?

 

Book a meeting about anything now!

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Why Choose Suntech?

Why Choose Suntech?

Suntech has now been a part of the Australian module market since 2001 when it was founded by an Australian with a UNSW doctorate in Solar Power technology.

One of the true pioneers of the Australian solar industry, we reckon if you haven’t had a good look at Suntech lately, it’s time to have another.

Here are 4 great reasons to install Suntech on your next residential or commercial project.

Design & Innovation Unmatched

1. High-Tech EVA

Highly transparent to provide an extremely stable component connection

2. Strong frame

A hollow chamber profile ensures a tough and high performance frame

3. IP68 Rated Junction Boxes

IP68 rated junction box ensures an outstanding and reliable performance at waterproof level, supports installations in all orientations, and reduces stress on the cables

4. Superior Solar Glass

Low reflection, anti-glare and self-cleaning for maximum output and low maintenance

5. Special 4-5 Busbar Design

Developed and produced for Suntech for high and reliable yields

6. Solid Back Sheet

High level of UVA resistance and long-term durability using DuPont’s Tedlar PVF film

Powerful Warranties for Powerful Products

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Linear Power Output Warranty Product Warranty
Suntech is proud to offer their customers an industry-leading linear warranty. They guarantee a 97% power output in the first year, with nominal output decreases of no more than 0.7% through the module’s 25th year. Thereby one ends with 80.2% nominal power guaranteed in the 25th year after the defined warranty starting date. Suntech is proud to be one of only a few solar module manufacturers in Australia whose products are backed by a 12-year manufacturer’s warranty. Their repair, replacement, or refund remedy guarantees your Suntech products will remain free from defect in materials and workmanship under normal application, installation, use, and service conditions.

VDE Quality Tested

rfi_suntech_vde The VDE Quality-Tested Certification is the seal of approval for a level of quality control that goes beyond existing standards in the PV industry. This level of commitment to quality cannot be introduced overnight. It takes a culture of continuous improvement and years of practice and testing to achieve this outcome. These exacting standards set Suntech apart from our competitors, ensuring unmatched reliability and consistency of solar energy production.

Not Your Average Solar Panel

Product Range

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Introducing Enphase IQ7

Introducing Enphase IQ7 - Available Now at RFI

RFI is excited to be an authorised distributor of the new Enphase IQ7 micro-inverter range. Enphase’s seventh-generation microinverters are powered by our unique software-defined architecture, offering the most efficient design with a single hardware SKU worldwide. With 96.5% EU efficiency, the IQ 7 series produces up to 23% more power at nearly half the weight of the S-Series.

The All New Enphase IQ7

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Enphase IQ 7 + Enphase IQ 7
Suitable For Residential / Commercial Suitable For Residential / Commercial
Commonly Used Module Pairing –Input Power 235-400W Commonly Used Module Pairing –Input Power 195-330W
Module Compatibility 60- and 72-cell modules Module Compatibility 60-cell modules
Smart Grid Ready Smart Grid Ready
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Key Features

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Light

  • Much easier handling on the roof
  • IQ 7 is 47% lighter than S270
Flexible

  • New lighter Q Cable for more flexible design
  • Simpler branch layout
Powerful

  • Supports both 60 and 72 cell modules
  • IQ 7 delivers 23% more power than S-Series
  • Most efficient microinverter at 96.5%

Components and Accessories

Enphase has released a complete range of accessories, including the new Q Cable system and relays.

PDDs and Downloads

Below are all critical resources you’ll need, including installation guides, information on the new cable and connectors, FAQ’s and much more!

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