Enphase Energy unveils new solar product for Ontario
Solar microinverter system developer Enphase Energy last week announced a new microinverter for the Ontario market. This new product will fulfill the Domestic Content requirement and will therefore enable installers to participate in the Ontario Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) Program.
"We're excited to support Ontario's forward-looking and bold initiative to broaden solar adoption and create highly skilled green jobs," said Enphase Energy CEO Paul Nahi. "Together with Flextronics, our global manufacturing partner, Enphase is proud to support Ontario's clean energy goals."
The Enphase production line will have a capacity of 100 MW (500,000 microinverters) in the first year of operation. The company plans to double this capacity to one million microinverters to support expected demand in 2011.
"As a leader in clean tech manufacturing, we look forward to providing Enphase with our world-class manufacturing and local market expertise, expediting the delivery of microinverters to the growing industry of solar installers and distributors in Ontario," said Flextronics Industrial President E.C. Sykes. "In addition to further strengthening our global Clean Tech initiative, Enphase is a prime example of how Flextronics's strategic global footprint and flexible operations are able to deliver competitive solutions to our customers as they enter emerging markets."
Enphase has already trained more than 250 Ontario-based solar energy installers to use its technology, including approximately 180 who entered the solar industry for the first time. The company plans to train 500 more local installers this year.
"We are pleased that Enphase is expanding its presence in Ontario with a FiT-qualifying product," said Adam Webb, president of Sentinel Solar Corp. (formerly Sentinel Power Systems). "Sentinel was the first company to offer Enphase technology in Canada, and the first to offer it exclusively to our customers. Our mission is to make renewable energy easy to understand, install and use, and we truly believe Enphase is the absolute best solution for our installer and end-user customers."
Enphase microinverters convert the energy output of each individual solar PV module into grid-compliant AC power. The Enphase Microinverter System streamlines solar installations by integrating these state-of-the-art microinverters with advanced power-line communications and a Web-based monitoring service. The Enphase Microinverter System has a proven track record of making solar installation more productive, reliable, safe and cost-effective than historical approaches. The Enphase M190 and D380 Microinverters for the Ontario market will be generally available beginning in May 2010.
Enphase systems offer a number of advantages over traditional central inverters, including a five to 25 percent increase in energy yield, increased system reliability and a simpler and safer installation. Enphase products also remove design constraints by allowing modules to be installed in any combination of type, age and location. In addition, a proprietary communication technology is a key component of the Enphase Microinverter System, enabling continuous, remote, per-module monitoring to maximize energy production.