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Bentek introduces Commercial Balance of System product line additions at SPI 2016 in Las Vegas

Bentek, with over 30 years of design and manufacturing experience in a broad range of both AC and DC OEM power distribution products for the residential, commercial and utility-scale solar PV marketplaces, announces it will display several new Balance of System products in booth #1223 at the Solar Power International exhibition and conference in Las Vegas September 12th through the 15th.

Bentek will introduce a revised set of commercial and utility-scale 1000VDC products that meet all current electrical code requirements while allowing project managers to meet budgetary cost targets.   These products include the Bentek Arc Fault (AF2) combiner for projects that need to adhere to current NEC AFCI requirements and the cost reduced UTS2 string combiner line for those that don’t.  “The new 1000VDC AF2 and UTS2 products offer enhanced safety and product features at cost effective price levels that will help keep our customers competitive in a challenging market.”, said John H. Buckley, Executive Sales and VP of Marketing.

Bentek 1000VDC AF2 Arc Fault Circuit Interruption String Combiners Bentek 1000VDC AF2 Arc Fault Circuit Interruption String Combiners

Bentek introduces its 2nd generation 1000VDC AFCI string combiner with industry leading string-level Arc-Fault Detection technology (1 sensor per input) that virtually eliminates nuisance trips and resultant truck rolls. “This alone will save our customers thousands of dollars per project during commissioning and O&M phases”, said John H. Buckley, Executive Sales and VP of Marketing.

The Bentek AF2 enables systems to be in compliance with NEC 2011 & 2014 690.11 while allowing designers to retain central inverter system array architecture. The AF2 utilizes a reliable UL98B listed trippable load-break disconnect switch in place of a typical contactor.  The switch functions as a manual isolation switch and trips automatically when arc faults are detected. There is no auxiliary power supply required since each AF2 has a DC-DC Power Supply self-powered from the DC array. The Bentek AF2 can also be ordered with an optional AC based power supply that supports a rapid shutdown function that helps commercial systems meet NEC 690.12 code compliance.

Bentek 1000VDC UTS2 String Combiners  

Bentek 1000VDC UTS2 String Combiners Bentek introduces its 2nd generation 1000VDC integrated disconnect string combiner. The Bentek UTS2 combiner provides the PV market with a highly configurable, cost effective design for either commerical or utility-scale projects. These come with a broad range of standard features including UL 98B listed disconnect switches with multiple ampacity ratings, generous output cable size ranges with industry standard termination hardware spacings and NEMA Type 4 enclosures with Lock Out/Tag Out functionality.

In additon, Bentek offers optional features commonly required in PV project specifications including surge protection, fiberglass or stainless steel enclosures and breather vents. Bentek also provides mounting kits for either posts or piles and pre-terminated cable whip or cable harness assemblies. “By reducing on-site labor and materials, Bentek’s value-add combiner options help improve project critical path schedules in one cost effective package.”, stated John H. Buckley, Executive Sales VP of Marketing.

Bentek 1000VDC Cable Harness

Bentek 1000VDC Cable Harness Bentek’s highly configurable 1000VDC cable harness solutions complement the UTS2 string combiner product line. When integrated together these provide a highly configurable, cost effective solution for carport, fixed tilt and single-axis tracker racking solutions. “When cable harness assemblies are terminated directly in combiners in our ISO 9001 certified facility, combined project cost savings of up to 20% can be realized”, stated John H. Buckley Executive Sales and VP of Marketing.

Bentek IPR-AL Inverter PowerRack

Bentek IPR-AL Inverter PowerRack The patented Bentek IPR-AL  inverter racking solution supports the broadest range of commercially available three-phase string inverters by providing a base design that fits ABB, Chint, Schneider, SMA, Solar Edge, Sungrow and Solectria inverters with new manufacturers being added constantly.  “Designed for quick, reliable, problem-free rooftop installations, the PowerRack ships flat to the jobsite and adjusts quickly to the desired angle. It can be installed on the rooftop in less that 10 minutes , said John H. Buckley, Executive Sales and VP of Marketing.”

The IPR-AL is fabricated of aluminium for durability in all climate zones and is adjustable to 15, 20, 25 or 30 degrees to ensure minimal shading to PV arrays. The PowerRack can also be provided with optional ballast trays for use on membrane roofs.

Bentek can pre-integrate inverters and the PowerRack together in its ISO 9001 certified factory and ship the directly to the jobsite as as a Bentek PowerSkid. Bentek PowerRacks and PowerSkids, when installed within 10 feet of the PV array, help facilitate NEC 2014 Rapid Shutdown code compliance while saving the customer time and money by simplifying the installation.

For more information about the capabilities of the Bentek products that will be displayed at SPI in Las Vegas September 12th through the 15th in booth #1223, please contact Bentek at 1-866-505-0303 or visit

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 power distribution equipment, wiring harnesses, and custom OEM assemblies for the solar energy and semiconductor markets. Bentek is an ISO 9001 certified company. For more information, contact Bentek Solar at 866-505-0303, e-mail or visit