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Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers joins a $63 million round for Enphase Energy, which makes microinverters that do DC-to-AC power conversion on individual solar panels.
Like the microcomputer--also known as the PC--shook up computing, microinverters will make solar more widespread, says start-up.
Enphase Energy releases its microinverter system that converts DC to AC electricity on the panel, making it easier to monitor performance.
Start-up Enphase Energy raises money to expand the manufacture of microinverters, a decentralized design where each solar panel puts out household current.
High-efficiency solar-cell manufacturer launches a new line of silicon panels so that the electricity generated from solar can be converted from DC to AC at the source.
Its line of Piccolo microcontrollers can reduce power consumption significantly of home appliances, hybrid cars, LED lighting, and even solar panels.
GreenRay Solar gets funding to finish work on a solar panel that puts out household alternating current, which makes installation simpler and improves reliability.
More companies are developing electronics fitted directly onto solar panels to improve the "energy harvest" and reduce losses due to mismatches in output in an array of connected panels.
A do-it-yourself kit for installing a handful of solar panels lets people dip their toes into grid-tied solar power.
Microinverter maker Enphase Energy introduces a wireless thermostat that lets people track solar panel production and manage home heating and cooling from a PC or smart phone.