Ontario’s lucrative guaranteed pricing structure for renewable energy sources has attracted another company, as Flextronics will begin manufacturing of Enphase Energy’s solar photovoltaic microinverters at its plant in the Canadian province. By locating production in Ontario, Enphase will fulfill the domestic content requirement of the province’s feed-in tariff and allow installers using the microinverters to participate in the program.
The companies said that the production line will have an initial capacity of 500,000 microinverters (100MW) in the first year, with plans to double the capacity to one million units (200MW) in 2011.
The Enphase M190 and D380 microinverters for the Ontario market will be generally available beginning in May, according to the company.
Enphase said it has already trained more than 250 Ontario-based PV installers to use its technology, including approximately 180 who are new to the solar industry. The company noted that it 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 (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 recently announced that it had closed another equity financing round, landing another $40 million in funding.
In addition to the added solar-related production in Ontario, Flextronics has opened what the company calls its Clean Tech Super Site in Malaysia. The facility features 1 million square feet of manufacturing space and 1GW of PV moduling line capacity, 200MW of which will be designated for Q-Cells.