Tuesday, December 2, 2008

SolarEdge exits stealth mode and plans Series B financing

SolarEdge, a venture-backed developer of power-conversion technologies that combine hardware and software to improve solar-system efficiencies, is beginning to reveal details about its business plan.

In an exclusive interview with Greentech Media, Lior Handelsman, VP and Co-Founder of the Herzliya, Israel-based startup, says that SolarEdge is engaged in sales agreements, testing agreements, joint development agreements and has booked significant initial orders for its products from major module manufacturers and system integrators.

According to Handelsman, SolarEdge has a number of term sheets and will be closing on a $20 to $25 million Series B round of venture capital financing in the coming days or weeks.

The company is attempting to solve problems related to partial shading of solar panels, which can result in dramatic reductions in solar panel output. SolarEdge claims that the performance of a photovoltaic (PV) solar system can be improved by 15 percent to 20 percent by using the company’s chips and inverters

SolarEdge was founded in 2006 by Handelsman and Amir Fishelov. Handelsman and Fishelov founded the company after leaving the IDF, where both served in management positions. The company's CEO is Guy Sella, who was most recently a partner at Star Ventures and commanded the Technology Unit of the IDF's Department of Military Intelligence in 2001-2002.

SolarEdge raised $11.8 million in a 2007 Series A financing led by Genesis Partners, Walden International and Opus Capital.

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