11-16-2015 07:25 PM
The Finland certification is in the plan of Sunmax.
If you are located in Finland and could help to provide the requirement or government policy information like http://www.energinet.dk/EN/El/Forskrifter/Technical-regulations/Sider/Regulations-for-grid-connectio... Then it would speed sunmax MI to comply with finland's power grid connecting requirement.
11-17-2015 10:46 AM
What about countries that are not in the EU, I am from Bahrain. We follow mainly UK electrical regulation. As far as I know, there is no Solar regulation here as what is there in EU.
Buildings in Bahrain (and other Arabian Gulf coutries) mainly have level concrete roofs, and have UK electrical standard (except for Saudi Arabia).
11-17-2015 12:02 PM
The inverters will support any of the "standard" grids out there, the question is only one of certification. If there is no regulation/requirement on grid-tied inverters, then you would have no issue with the EU version. We're compiling a database of the requirements and trip limits for each country, so if there are no separate regulatory requirements, we would just add Bahrain to the list with the same values as the UK.
11-19-2015 04:39 AM
In Bahrain, since mid-90's, all houses have 3-phase electricity (red, yellow, blue, neutral), each phase is wired independently of course. Connecting SunMax will be only single phase per system (obviously).
A question just came into my mind, if the meter does not support reversing, it should not cause any problem except that it would not calculate any excess electricity for credit, am I right?
11-19-2015 05:15 AM
@alawadhi thanks for the info!
You are correct in your presumption—where Bidirectional Metering is not supported, production will still offset consumption, however you will not receive credit for excess sent to the grid.
Updated the same KB article with the above comments ^^
02-11-2016 02:42 AM
Here in the south east of Spain we have more light than many countries and therefore SunMax would be good here. I have 1000 customers on my dslam/Ubiquiti 5 Ghz system and would be able to sell the SunMax system to many of them. The problem is fixing to the roof and getting the non-objection form the planning departments. Have you had any success with Spain and when will the system be available through my normal distributor Landatel.
02-11-2016 06:04 PM
More specifically, with new 'sun tax', do Net-Metering agreements in Spain offer near 1:1 credit for produced power? or does the tax significantly reduce credit, say, to 0.5:1?
Ex. You produce 1000 kWh. . . .but. . . .after 'sun tax' only receive 50% in credit; therefore, only 500 kWh? Please let me know specifically or generally what you'd pay and we can calculate viability in Spain/Canary Islands, etc.
I calculated Cost/kWh in las Islas Canarias to be appx. 21¢/kWh. So, judging solely (no pun intended) on Tariffs, sunMAX should sell fine in Spain, but less so if the 'sun tax' is very significant.
Así que tengamos una idea clara de la viabilidad de sunMAX ahí, podemos importarlo. . .
04-13-2016 10:59 PM
How about an Indian Version ? we follow the UK electrical voltage, and the UK version should be compatible.
Indian Govt is actively pushing solar energy, and it may be the right time to enter.
04-14-2016 02:08 PM
We don't have a certification for India at this point, if there's a government body or list of approved equipment, etc. that you could reference, it would help. I'll check with the certification team as well and see what the requirements might be.
05-05-2016 07:14 PM
Belgium's already done!
Most of Europe falls under the same set of standards, with a few minor modifications here and there. Italy is one major exception that has a whole separate certification process.
05-13-2016 06:47 PM - edited 05-13-2016 06:51 PM
Certification for both Aus and NZ are done, it's just a matter of distribution/supply chain at this point. There is quite a bit of competition in Australia/NZ due to lack of anti-dumping tariffs that we see here in the US, so panel prices tend to be quite low. We have a couple different factories so that we can be competitive in price in different marks with different countries of origin, but Australia/NZ isn't covered by a factory out of China yet, but in some ways an advantage compared to all the panels coming out of China.