Solectria XGI 1500 inverter with AlsoEnergy SCADA system now Rule 21 compliant – Solar Power World


Yaskawa Solectria Solar announced that the SOLECTRIA XGI 1500 grid-support utility interactive inverters, in combination with AlsoEnergy, now meet the IEEE 2030.5-2018 networking standard as described in the SunSpec Common Smart Inverter Profile (CSIP). Choosing the Solectria XGI 1500 along with an AlsoEnergy SCADA system provides Rule 21 compliance today along with complete readiness to activate Rule 21 operations in the future.

Made in the USA with global components at the Yaskawa America factory in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, the SOLECTRIA XGI 1500 inverter brings together U.S.-based engineering and manufacturing with Yaskawa’s world-class quality and reliability. Yaskawa Solectria Solar understands that the advanced remote smart inverter capabilities desired by some utilities increase cyber security risks for DERs. That is why all three power classes (125-kW, 150-kW, and 166-kW) of the XGI 1500 come with security baked into the inverter making it the most secure three-phase string inverter on the market.

On March 12, 2020, AlsoEnergy achieved certification as an approved Distributed Energy Resource (DER) Aggregator for Rule 21 projects. This enables AlsoEnergy to relay data and commands between the management systems for California utilities and smart inverters in the field. AlsoEnergy provides Rule 21 aggregator service using the components of their standard SCADA system, allowing them to provide this communication service for Rule 21 projects as a cost-efficient addition to their control and monitoring solutions. Yaskawa Solectria Solar and AlsoEnergy collaborated to successfully complete the CSIP testing process for the XGI 1500 inverter, demonstrating the successful operation of the integrated solution.

“As the only U.S.-based string inverter manufacturer, our customers look to us for leadership in meeting the requirements for advanced grid-support functions. We are very happy to be working with AlsoEnergy and bring a robust American-made solution to the market.” says Miles C. Russell, director of product management at Yaskawa Solectria Solar. “We are ramping our production to keep pace with the interest in the new XGI 1500 inverters.”

“As a DER Aggregator for Rule 21 systems, AlsoEnergy delivers a highly efficient system for utility communications that supports simultaneous management and updates for multiple systems” says Mesa Scharf, VP of product management at AlsoEnergy. “Our collaboration with Solectria provides a future-proofed solution for shared clients, avoiding the need to install new hardware when Rule 21 operations are activated.”

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