Mobile power solution
Inverters are the behind-the-scene hardware to solar electric panels. A refreshed product line from Xantrex combines a renewable power source with battery back-up.
Xantrex Gateway monitors the amount of electricity solar panels generate and transmits that data to a person's PC through a home Wi-Fi connection.
Like the microcomputer--also known as the PC--shook up computing, microinverters will make solar more widespread, says start-up.
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