OutBack Power Receives Made-in-Washington Certificate, Unveils In-State Manufactured Solar

Arlington-based renewable energy equipment manufacturer partners with itek Energy to offer all-Washington photovoltaic (PV) systems

OutBack Power Technologies, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of advanced power electronics for renewable energy, today announced it received Washington State’s Certificate of Manufacture for OutBack Power’s GS8048A and GS4048A inverter/chargers, verifying the company’s products as made in Washington for installers and renewable system owners that wish to qualify for state incentives. With the updated certification, OutBack Power also unveiled its partnership with itek Energy, a Bellingham-based manufacturer of solar modules, to provide complete photovoltaic (PV) systems with end-to-end, Washington-made certification.

As federal policies help reduce the cost of renewable energy systems, state-level incentives carry much of the weight for consumers’ final buying decisions. Washington solar installations are projected to triple in 2015, with residential installed system prices falling 8 percent, according to a recent report from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). OutBack’s official made-in-Washington certification across its inverter/charger product lines reinforces its support for the growing demand for renewable energy systems that provide reliable and affordable power.

“OutBack Power’s Washington certification is the latest in the company’s long history of homegrown energy initiatives, including offering training for local installers and contractors to develop their solar skills and partnering with neighboring companies for strategic projects,” said Brandon Provalenko, director of North American sales at OutBack Power. “While the affordability of PV systems has piqued the nation’s interest, our customers’ state-level incentives can play the most important role in decisions to install solar. Through our partnership with itek, we can ensure Washington solar customers have access to every state and federal advantage.”

Clean technology, with an emphasis on solar power, is one of seven key areas for action outlined in Gov. Jay Inslee’s Executive Order 14-04 to reduce carbon pollution and improve energy independence using clean energy in Washington State. In April, Inslee acknowledged the initiatives of local governments, utilities and solar industry stakeholders from Washington and Oregon to decrease the cost of solar for homeowners and increase residential installations by nearly 200 percent since 2013. OutBack Power and itek Energy’s partnership to offer Washington-certified systems supports the state’s commitment to decrease greenhouse gas emissions while helping residents reduce their power bills.

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About OutBack Power Technologies

OutBack Power Technologies, a member of The Alpha Group, is the leading designer and manufacturer of advanced power electronics for renewable energy, back-up power and mobile applications. With an emphasis on product performance, OutBack has established itself as the product of choice in harsh environmental conditions and applications where product reliability is paramount. Whether the application is village micro-grids in Africa, rural electrification projects in Latin America, remote off-grid cabins in Alaska, or a suburban home in Southern California, OutBack Power Technologies has set the bar for delivering advanced power conversion electronics. For more information, please visit www.outbackpower.com.