December 15, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Austrian based-Fronius International, a new player in the highly competitive solar photovoltaic inverter market, announced it successfully completed the technical requirements for the Underwriter Laboratory (UL) certification process for their FRONIUS IG 3000, IG 2000 and IG 2500 LV grid-tied inverters. The FRONIUS IG inverter’s offer high efficiency, precision MPP-tracking, and intelligent thermal management, all of which result in superior energy output from grid-tied photovoltaic systems, said the company. At 26 lbs., the FRONIUS IG inverters are half the weight of competing inverters, according to the company. Built-in AC and DC disconnects, in many cases, eliminate the need for external breakers reducing total system costs. FRONIUS IG inverters come standard with an integrated LCD where the installer can view and record over 20 parameters pertaining to inverter and system operation. Optional remote data communications and data logging features can easily be added via Plug-n-Play cards to transform IG inverters into a sophisticated data acquisition system and weather station. The company is scheduling to ship the first inverters by February 2004.