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Flexible AC coupling option with a simple firmware update 

14 Jul 2020

Recently, OutBack Power released an AC coupling firmware update to its SkyBox hybrid inverter. AC coupling is suitable when users have an existing solar PV system and want to add batteries for backup and time-of-use energy management. By adding a SkyBox hybrid inverter and energy storage to an existing grid-tied PV system, owners can keep their arrays and even enlarge them, meet new code requirements, and power their buildings with clean energy. Once the SkyBox hybrid inverter and batteries are installed, an icon appears on the SkyBox screen whenever a new firmware version is ready for installation. The user can simply press the icon and follow the on-screen instructions to install the firmware. A true hybrid energy system, SkyBox hybrid inverter provides both reliable energy back-up in the face of utility shutdowns and helps customers navigate new pricing structures and electrical codes with their existing arrays intact. Simply, SkyBox addresses a need in the market for energy flexibility. OutBack Power updates its SkyBox hybrid inverter firmware regularly to introduce new features. Past firmware upgrades include stacking, to allow two SkyBox hybrid inverters to be used in the same system, drop-down battery presets for streamlined installation, and external current measurement which enables energy management for the whole home. This last feature eliminates external charge controllers and communication boxes, significantly cutting solar and energy storage installation time and cost.

OutBack Power Technologies, Inc. |


Volume: 2020 July/August