The cascaded H-bridge (CHB) topology is ideal for implementing large-scale converters for photovoltaic (PV) applications. The improved quality of output voltage waveforms, high efficiency due to transformer-less connection, and ability to employ multiple instances of a maximum power point tracking (MPPT) algorithm are just some advantages. An important disadvantage is the required over-rating to ensure balanced three-phase currents at times of unequal PV generation. Unequal generation occurs due to shading, temperature inhomogeneity, faulty H-bridges, etc. Capacitor voltage balancing under such conditions requires zero-sequence voltage injection which increases the required number of series connected H-bridges. However, leakage current and safety requirements often dictate a need for isolation between PV arrays and the cascaded converter. Therefore, this paper proposes a converter topology that avoids the cost of extra series connected H-bridges by extending the function of dc-dc converters that provide isolation. Second harmonic power oscillations seen in typical cascaded topologies can also be eliminated or reduced through use of the proposed topology. Simulation and experimental results are presented that confirm correct operation of the proposed approach.