Tigo, a silicon valley solar PV optimisation company with aspirations of becoming a key player in the UK solar market, has inked a new deal with SunGift to help distribute its products.

Tigo offers a range of smart module optimisation products that enables existing solar PV array’s modules to operate independently  something that the company claims allows installers greater flexibility when designing systems as well as enabling higher system yields.

“Tigo’s range is a is a real breakthrough,” said Scott Oldfield from SunGift Trade, “which we’ve been monitoring and testing on our test array for some time. One of the stand-out benefits of the technology is that it enables installers to design systems where each module works independently. This gives greater flexibility, enabling more energy to be produced, enhancing safety and reliability.”

SunGift claims that another key benefit of Tigo to solar installers is the ability to split strings across multiple roofs while still allowing more energy to be produced.

Oldfield explained: “A string of solar panels is only as good as the weakest panel in the string, which can underperform significantly if it is shaded or has dirt on it. However, as the Tigo system allows modules to work independently, each one can work to its optimum capacity. This works perfectly for systems that either have shading in certain areas or that are split across multiple roofs.  Normally systems on multiple roofs need more multiple inverters, but with Tigo one correctly-sized inverter is enough.”

Commenting on the new partnership, Christian Carraro, European sales representative at Tigo, said: “We are tremendously excited about this opportunity and looking forward to working with SunGift Trade. They will have a constant stock of our products and direct access to us for technical support, so we’re expecting to see increasing numbers of our solar module optimisers and management units being used by UK installers.”

SunGift will hold stock of the company’s solar module optimiser, Tigo Dual Maximiser, and its wireless communication tool, Maximiser Management Unit. The company will also be offering a training session for installers interested in the product.