First Solar Inc. has certified Mastervolt inverters for use in systems featuring its thin-film solar modules. In order to be eligible for use under the full First Solar module warranty, inverters must be approved in the System Design and Application (SDA) process. All inverters of the current Mastervolt Sunmaster XL, XS and CS series have achieved the SDA standard required and can therefore be utilized with the First Solar FS-Series 2 and FS-Series 3 modules.
First Solar warrants the FS-Series 2 and 3 modules according to the First Solar Module Warranty Terms and Conditions provided the modules are installed, operated and serviced as described in the First Solar User Guide and in the System Design and Application document.
The aim of the First Solar system design and application (SDA) process is to ensure that solar installations containing First Solar modules operate reliably and achieve high system efficiencies. The location of the plant and installation of the modules are tested, as well as the plant design and operating conditions.
David Bassie, product manager solar at Mastervolt states: “Such approval from First Solar is further confirmation of the versatility of the Sunmaster’s system design. When developing Mastervolt inverters, this versatility is one of the most important goals. Our devices are intended to be suitable for use in the most diverse projects and with all solar modules. This allows installers to focus on a small number of devices types but yet meet the requirements of many different customers.”