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Hdpv Alliance Adds 14 New Members To Solar Industry Initiative That Lowers Costs

San Francisco – November 12, 2015 – The HDPV™ Alliance, an industry-wide alliance focused on lowering the cost and increasing the performance of photovoltaic (PV) solar systems, today announced the addition of 14 new members including: Arctech Solar, Array Technologies, Inc. (ATI), Bender, Bentek, China Sunergy, ConnectPV, Folsom Labs, GameChange Racking, GS Battery, Littelfuse, Schletter, Stion Corporation, Tabuchi Electric and Waaree. These new members join Alliance founders Ampt, Bonfiglioli, KACO new energy and LTI ReEnergy to expand HDPV membership to over 30 companies from around the globe.

HDPV, or High Definition PV, refers to PV system designs that use DC optimizers to achieve greater system power management capability while lowering the total system costs on day one. Alliance members collaborate through defined standards and shared best practices to make lower cost and higher performing systems widely available to the industry.

“We are pleased to welcome our new members and look forward to working with them to serve our mutual customers,” said Mark Kanjorski, HDPV Alliance chair and director of marketing for Ampt. “With these new partners, HDPV members continue to work together to source projects, be more competitive within the industry, and provide customers with lower cost and higher performing PV systems.” read more

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Bentek Announces Expansion of Manufacturing Facilities in San Jose

SAN JOSE, CA ―  November 2015

Growing PV solar manufacturer signs lease for an additional 100,000 square feet of manufacturing space in San Jose’s Monterey Corridor

San Jose, Calif. – Bentek President and CEO Mitch Schoch was joined by San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo to announce that Bentek, an industry leader in engineered electromechanical and power distribution solutions, will be expanding its manufacturing facilities in San Jose, reflecting a growing resurgence of manufacturing in San Jose.

Bentek has signed a lease for an additional 100,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space at 1991 Senter Road. The additional space will allow the company to continue its growth of AC and DC power products and services for the PV solar and semiconductor industries. The company has grown from 100 to 240 employees over the past three years and plans to continue to increase staffing levels to meet customer needs as it expands its presence in San Jose.

Bentek is a homegrown San Jose company that was founded in 1985 headquartered in San Jose.

“Bentek is committed to manufacturing our cutting-edge products here in America,” said Mitch Schoch, President and CEO of Bentek. “Keeping our manufacturing operations in San Jose ensures that we can easily collaborate with our customer’s engineering, research and design teams and leverage the highly skilled workforce found in San Jose. The Monterey Corridor in Central San Jose provides the ideal location for the expansion of our company.

“I thank Bentek for its choosing to expand its manufacturing presence in San Jose, and look forward to supporting its continued growth in the years ahead,” said Mayor Sam Liccardo. “Retaining and expanding manufacturing operations is a key priority of our economic development strategy to create more middle-income jobs for our residents. That’s why I’m committed to helping growing companies locate their manufacturing facilities here in San Jose and preserving critical industrial areas like the Monterey Corridor for manufacturing purposes.

In August, Mayor Liccardo launched his manufacturing initiative, “Built in San José,” in order to preserve and grow San Jose’s established manufacturing base and to expand access to middle income jobs for our residents. Through this initiative, the City of San Jose is committed to: expediting the permitting process, reducing fees for retrofitting manufacturing buildings, collaborating with workforce training organizations to create a pipeline of eligible workers, and partnering with local energy companies reduce energy costs respectively.

About Bentek

Founded in 1985, Bentek is a leader in engineered electromechanical and power distribution solutions for industrial applications. Bentek designs and manufactures products such as wiring harnesses, electrical combiner boxes, and custom OEM assemblies for the solar energy and semiconductor markets. Bentek is an ISO certified company. For more information, contact Bentek Solar at 866-505-0303, e-mail SolarSales@bentek.com or visit www.Bentek.com.

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Bentek Adds Second Manufacturing Shift to Meet Customer Demand

SAN JOSE, CA ― July 2015 Bentek, a leader in manufacturing a broad range of solar OEM power distribution products for the residential, commercial and utility-scale marketplaces, has increased its manufacturing capacity by adding a second shift at its new San Jose, California manufacturing facility. The second shift has been added in response to growing customer demand. Bentek has shipped more than 35,000 string combiners with more than 15 million feet of cable harnesses and whips into 5GW of commercial and utility-scale projects.

Wesley DeLap, Director of Operations for Bentek commented, “Bentek has continued to see an increase in demand from customers on Balance Of System PV products. Bentek has added a second manufacturing shift in order to ship a record number of PV products in the second half of 2015. As Bentek continues to see demand increase the company will continue to add capacity as needed to meet customer demand.”

For more information about Bentek’s solar products , please contact Bentek at 1-866-505-0303 or visit www.bentek.com.

About Bentek

Founded in 1985, Bentek is a leader in engineered electromechanical and power distribution solutions for industrial applications. Bentek designs and manufactures products such as wiring harnesses, electrical combiner boxes, and custom OEM assemblies for the solar energy and semiconductor markets. Bentek is an ISO certified company. For more information, contact Bentek Solar at 866-505-0303, e-mail SolarSales@bentek.com or visit www.Bentek.com.

Bentek Expands Cable Harness Capacity in New Solar Manufacturing Facility

Bentek Expands Cable Harness Capacity in New Solar Manufacturing Facility

SAN JOSE, CA ― June 2015 Bentek, the leader in manufacturing a broad range of solar OEM power distribution products for the residential, commercial and utility-scale marketplaces, has increased its cable harness capacity at its new San Jose California manufacturing facility to meet growing customer demand. Bentek has shipped more than 35,000 string combiners with more than 15 million feet of cable harnesses and whips into 5GW of commercial and utility-scale projects.

John H. Buckley, Executive of Sales and Marketing for Bentek commented, “Bentek has been providing complex cable harness assemblies to some of the largest OEM customers in the Silicon Valley for the last 30 years. Coupling Bentek PV cable harness manufacturing with Bentek string combiners leverages those 30 years of experience. As we continue to see Bentek PV cable harness and Bentek string combiner demand grow, Bentek will continue to add capacity to meet customer demand.”

For more information about Bentek’s Construction Prefabrication Services, please contact Bentek at 1-866-505-0303 or visit https://www.bentek.com/solar-products/harness-cable.

About Bentek

Founded in 1985, Bentek is a leader in engineered electromechanical and power distribution solutions for industrial applications. Bentek designs and manufactures products such as wiring harnesses, electrical combiner boxes, and custom OEM assemblies for the solar energy and semiconductor markets. Bentek is an ISO certified company. For more information, contact Bentek Solar at 866-505-0303, e-mail SolarSales@bentek.com or visit www.Bentek.com.

Bentek PowerRack w/Integrated 3-Phase String Inverters Installed by Vista Solar in Capitola, CA

Bentek’s Inverter PowerRacks Gaining Customer Acceptance

SAN JOSE, CA ― June 2015 Bentek, a manufacturer of OEM power distribution products for the residential, commercial and utility-scale solar PV markets, continues to see Bentek PowerRacks gaining customer acceptance on U.S. solar projects. The PowerRack has recently been chosen by Vista Solar, a leading Bay Area PV integrator, for a few rooftop installations.

Bentek PowerRack w/Integrated 3-Phase String Inverters Installed by Vista Solar in Capitola, CA
Figure 1: Bentek PowerRack w/Integrated 3-Phase String Inverters Installed by Vista Solar in Capitola, CA

“We’ve used Bentek PowerRacks on some of our rooftop projects,” said Sam Kim, Sales Design Engineer at Vista Solar. “They have a very clean design and save time when working on commerical jobs. They can be mounted side-by-side to create a bank or individually throughout the array. ”

“We are pleased to see top commercial installers like Vista Solar utilizing the Inverter PowerRack,” said John H. Buckley, Executive of Sales and Marketing for Bentek. “Vista Solar is known for high-quality installations, and Bentek is proud to have our PowerRack featured on their projects.”

The PowerRack provides installers the flexibility to install inverters within 10 feet of the array while facilitating compliance with NEC 2014 requirements. The PowerRack supports three-phase inverters from ABB, Advanced Energy, Chint, Schneider, SMA, Solar Edge, SolarMax and Solectria.

Bentek also ships Inverter PowerSkids (PowerRacks fully-integrated with three-phase string inverters & Bentek AC Disconnects) directly to jobsites from its ISO 9001:2008 factory. Bentek offers optional PowerShields that easily mount on the PowerRack or PowerSkid, providing environmental and heat deration protection for the inverter.

PowerRack AL Shield by Bentek
Figure 2: Bentek PowerRack-AL with Bentek PowerShield

For more information about the Bentek Inverter PowerRack, please contact Bentek at 1-866-505-0303 or visit www.Bentek.com.

About Bentek

Founded in 1985, Bentek is a leader in engineered electromechanical and power distribution solutions for industrial applications. Bentek designs and manufactures products such as wiring harnesses, electrical combiner boxes, and custom OEM assemblies for the solar energy and semiconductor markets. Bentek is an ISO certified company. For more information, contact Bentek Solar at 866-505-0303, e-mail SolarSales@bentek.com or visit www.Bentek.com.

                                                                                            
Bentek Solar Utility-Scale AC Recombiner

Bentek Continues to Expand AC Product Line with New Utility-Scale AC Recombiner

SAN JOSE, CA ― May 2015 ― Bentek Solar, a manufacturer of a broad range of products connecting PV panels to inverters worldwide for the residential, commercial and utility-scale marketplaces, announces that it has further expanded the Bentek AC product line. The newly designed AC Recombiner has been engineered in partnership with Advanced Energy Industries to support utility-scale AE 1000NX inverters.

“The Bentek AC Recombiner is a free-standing unit that provides a means of combining the three-phase output circuits from one to three AE 1000NX inverters,” said John H. Buckley, Executive of Sales and Marketing, Bentek Solar. “It is installed in the circuit path between the inverters and the transformer supplied with the system. The output circuits from up to three inverters can be connected to the Bentek AC Recombiner. Each input on the Bentek AC Recombiner supports the connection of one inverter. In the case of a fault or failure with one or more of the inverters, the Bentek AC Recombiner allows continued operation of the rest of the connected units. Each inverter output circuit connected to the Bentek AC Recombiner has overcurrent protection in the form of parallel fuse pairs. The fuse ratings have been selected based on safety and National Electric Code (NEC) requirements.”

“AE is excited to collaborate with Bentek and bring this cost optimization solution to the market,” said Norbert Apfel, Senior Vice President of Inverter Products at Advanced Energy. “One major benefit of this solution is that it enables larger block sizes, up to 3 MW, allowing the customer to reduce AC collection system costs and optimize installation costs – such as reduced foundations and crane picks. This is enabled by the ±1000 VDC topology of the AE 1000NX inverter, allowing for larger block sizes without oversizing DC homerun conductor gauges versus comparable monopolar applications.”

For more information about the capabilities of the Bentek Inverter RSS with the integrated Power Econimizer, please contact Bentek at 1-866-505-0303 or visit www.Bentek.com.

About Bentek

Founded in 1985, Bentek is a leader in engineered electromechanical and power distribution solutions for industrial applications.  Bentek designs and manufactures products such as wiring harnesses, electrical combiner boxes, and custom OEM assemblies for the solar energy and semiconductor markets.  Bentek is an ISO certified company. For more information, contact Bentek Solar at 866-505-0303, e-mail SolarSales@bentek.com or visit www.Bentek.com.

About Advanced Energy

Advanced Energy (Nasdaq: AEIS) is a global leader in innovative power and control technologies for high-growth, precision power conversion solutions. Advanced Energy is headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado, with dedicated support and service locations around the world. For more information, visit www.advanced-energy.com.

Bentek Rapid Shutdown products

Bentek’s Power Economizer Integrated Into RSS Reduces Power Consumption by 50 percent

SAN JOSE, CA ― May 2015 Bentek, a manufacturer of a broad range of OEM power distribution products for the residential, commercial and utility-scale solar PV marketplaces, has succesfully integrated the Bentek proprietary Power Economizer into the Bentek Residential Rapid Shutdown System (RSS) .

“The Power Economizer is a Bentek proprietary designed printed circuit board assembly (PCBA), and when integrated into the Bentek RSM, reduces power consumption by more than 50 percent,” said John H. Buckley, Executive of Sales and Marketing at Bentek. “As the Bentek RSS continues to gain customer acceptence and more southern states adopt and enforce NEC 2014 690.12 Rapid Shutdown requirements, Bentek is seeing customers benefit from the Power Economizer when temperatures soar on residential rooftops. The Bentek Power Economizer integrated into the RSS ensures our customers that the Bentek RSM can be installed in this type of environment and function properly.”

The Bentek RSS is a cost-effective and easy-to-install universal stand-alone solution that has been tested and approved by some of the largest residential string inverter manufactures and installers in the world. It includes two components: The Rapid Shutdown Controller (RSC) installed at the service entrance and the Rapid Shutdown Module (RSM) installed on the residential roof top within 10 ft of the PV array.

For more information about the capabilities of the Bentek Inverter RSS with the integrated Power Econimizer, please contact Bentek at 1-866-505-0303 or visit www.Bentek.com.

About Bentek

Founded in 1985, Bentek is a leader in engineered electromechanical and power distribution solutions for industrial applications.  Bentek designs and manufactures products such as wiring harnesses, electrical combiner boxes, and custom OEM assemblies for the solar energy and semiconductor markets.  Bentek is an ISO certified company. For more information, contact Bentek Solar at 866-505-0303, e-mail SolarSales@bentek.com or visit www.Bentek.com.

Bentek Rapid Shutdown products

Bentek’s Residential Rapid Shutdown System Gaining Customer Acceptance

Bentek continues to see the Bentek Residential Rapid Shutdown System (RSS) gaining customer acceptance where NEC 2014 690.12 is being enforced.

Todd Druskat of E2 Solar Inc. commented, “We chose Bentek’s RSS for it’s simplicity in design and cost effectiveness.  The product is labeled as a Rapid Shutdown Solution, with two and three string options. Using simple language like this makes it easier for your average solar company to spec and order. The product is very well built and the low profile of the RSM allows it to fit underneath panels, where some competitors’ products sit too high to do that. The whips that extend out of the RSM make connections with the strings very easy.”

John H. Buckley, Executive of Sales and Marketing at Bentek commented, “As more states continue to adopt and enforce the NEC 2014 Rapid Shutdown code requirement, Bentek continues to see a fast adoption rate of the Bentek RSS. We are pleased to see companies like E2 Solar Inc. appreciate the simplicity and cost effectiveness of the RSS design. The RSS is a universal Rapid Shutdown product that has been tested and approved by some of the largest residential string inverter manufacturers and installers in the world.”

The Bentek RSS:

 – Cost effective
 – Easy-to-install stand-alone solution

RSS Includes two components: The Rapid Shutdown Controller (RSC) installed at the service entrance and 
the Rapid Shutdown Module (RSM) installed within 10 feet of the PV array.

For more information about the capabilities of the Bentek Inverter Rapid Shutdown System, please contact Bentek at 1-866-505-0303 or visit: https://www.bentek.com/