Solis launches new hybrid inverter range for South African market

By Ginlong Technologies

Ginlong (Solis) Technologies has launched its new S6 advanced power hybrid inverter at the 2023 edition of the Solar Show Africa in Johannesburg.  With added generator connections and control functions, it works as a fully independent power centre to meet the specific needs of the South African residential and C&I markets, in which power outages have become a daily routine.

The inverter introduces significant performance improvements, including enhanced connectivity and control capabilities, which allow the easy incorporation of generators with multiple input methods and automatic on/off control. The maximum charging and discharging current has been increased to 190A and automatic UPS switching enables homeowners and businesses to seamlessly manage power outages. It has single and three-phase capability, accommodating up to 6 connections in parallel, with a maximum total load of 48 kW, protected by a 10-second, 200% surge overload capability. Its multiple battery protection features and customisable charge/discharge time settings are compatible with both lead-acid and lithium batteries. With independent generator interfaces and automatic UPS switching, the new range facilitates feeding of excess power back to the grid and supports peak shaving control in both “self-use” and “generator” modes.

James Frank, Solis country manager for South Africa, commented: “Solis has launched the new S6  inverter, combining solar generator and battery connectivity, to liberate power-starved households and businesses in South Africa from the unpredictability of daily electrical outages. In particular, peak shaving control in both “self-use” and “generator” modes allows users to prioritise backup power for their most mission-critical loads more flexibly and cost-effectively. This flexibility avoids over-specifying higher capacity inverters, PV arrays, generators and batteries than necessarily required, with considerable CAPEX and OPEX savings over our competition. Thanks to an automatic UPS switching function and a 10-second, 200% surge overload capability, users can be confident of a seamless supply during grid interruptions, even for the most sensitive electronic equipment.”

Thabo Makhanya, Chief Sales Officer at Segen, added: “Unpredictable, lengthy and multiple electricity outages have become a part of daily life for individuals and businesses across South Africa. We were delighted to cooperate closely with Solis to successfully develop, trial and prove a flexible and reliable inverter solution that alleviates long-term power shortages’ considerable economic and social impact. Although this S6 range has been configured for South Africa’s specific and immediate needs, we look forward to working with Solis to roll out some of its key features in similarly power-constrained regions.”

Frank concluded: “Although the solar sector in South Africa is young compared to Europe and the Americas, it is expanding exponentially. To help installers maximise this growing opportunity, Solis offers comprehensive market intelligence, product training and service support, backed up by a fully equipped test lab. Solis is confident that its combination of knowledgeable local teams, tailored configurations for South Africa’s unique challenges and strong product availability make it a compelling choice for distributors, installers and end users alike.” 

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