IPS Solar Selects MultiTech’s eCell for Data Transmission


Mounds View, MN – Sept. 19, 2022 – MultiTech, a leading global supplier of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and services, announced that IPS Solar, a commercial and industrial solar solutions provider has selected MultiTech’s MultiConnect® eCell cellular to Ethernet bridge for data transmission across its numerous solar gardens in Minnesota. The MultiConnect eCell cellular to Ethernet bridge quickly and easily adds cellular connectivity to existing wired assets for IPS Solar, providing reliable, always-on connectivity in environments with varying temperature conditions.

Leveraging the newest technologies in solar and communications, IPS Solar, a commercial and industrial solar solutions provider, manages numerous solar gardens across Minnesota. The data that needs to be accessed resides in solar inverters within the solar gardens. Often considered the brains of a project, solar inverters or PV inverters play a crucial role in any solar energy system. Inverters extract the variable direct current output of a photovoltaic solar panel turning it into a utility frequency or AC energy that is fed into a commercial electrical grid or used by a local, off-grid electrical network. Capturing information from inverters is critical in garnering metrics for power usage but also in monitoring the systems for downtime.

“Hard wired fiber or cable are cost-prohibitive for the projects and MultiTech’s communication bridge provided us with reliable connectivity that was affordable – a true game changer,” said James Wagoner, site superintendent at Minneapolis-based IPS Solar. “We need cell service equipment that can handle very extreme temperature conditions from minus 50 to over 130 degrees that need little to no maintenance and the MultiConnect eCell is enclosed in a rugged, aluminum chassis suitable for our sometimes-extreme environments.”

“Solar providers could learn a lot from IPS as they successfully generate power for individuals and businesses across their state,” said Rick Bailey, Sr. Product Manager at MultiTech. “Not all community residents or businesses can leverage solar energy on their own, so they must rely on remotely located solar energy sources. These “solar farms” or “solar gardens” consist of community-shared solar arrays with grid-connected owners or subscribers. We are proud to have a solution that can help in the effort to utilize solar power as an energy source and are pleased to see that favorable policies within the state have supported its value and cost savings for families and businesses.”

The MultiTech MultiConnect eCell cellular to Ethernet bridge is available for 4G-LTE Cat 4 (MTE Series) and Private LTE OnGo CBRS Cat 12 Networks (MTE2 Series).

About IPS Solar

Impact Power Solutions, LLC is a full-service clean energy development company. For over 30 years, we have worked to deliver customers solutions ranging from rooftop installations to multi-megawatt community solar gardens. Our company’s purpose is, and always will be, to positively impact people, power, and the planet with solar energy.

All companies work to generate profits and create value, but the best-run companies do more. They have a broader, more complete view of corporate responsibility that is focused on creating value for all. That mindset has helped pilot our business for 30 years, emphasizing long-term success over short-term gains. As we grow, so does the positive impact we have on our clients, the communities we serve, and the environment. We are dedicated to maximizing that impact on and off the balance sheet.

Contact ~ Kyle Wehnes (he/his), Marketing Director, O: 651-370-7548/ C: 262-366-9223, Email: Kylew@newenergyequity.com

About MultiTech

MultiTech makes work and life better by leveraging sensor and connectivity technology to bring systems and processes into the future and drive new revenue streams and efficiencies.  Our extensive portfolio of technologies, paired with design, integration, and manufacturing expertise, result in unparalleled performance, simplicity, and user experience. We have a passion for service that drives us to meet and exceed expectations with outstanding service and support throughout the lifecycle of your solution.  We never stop looking for novel ways to solve problems with technology, which is how we continue to deliver industry firsts for us and for our customers.

Contact ~ Jennifer Costello, Tel: +1 781-715-4870, Email: jcostello@multitech.com

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MultiTech designs, develops and manufactures data communications equipment for the industrial Internet of Things — connecting physical assets to business processes to deliver enhanced value.
MultiTech designs, develops and manufactures data communications equipment for the industrial Internet of Things — connecting physical assets to business processes to deliver enhanced value.