SPI 2013: Enphase pushes fourth gen microinverter into commercial markets

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Highlighting its ‘M250’ microinverter at Solar Power International 2013, Enphase System has enhanced its software capabilities to further target its fourth generation technology at the commercial rooftop market and enterprise level management of residential customer systems.

According to the company, its fourth-generation technology delivers both hardware and software improvements.

The M250 Microinverter is rated at 96.5% CEC weighted efficiency and optimised for high-power solar modules up to 300W standard test conditions (STC) with an integrated ground feature designed to eliminate the need for a separate copper grounding electrode conductor (GEC), facilitating faster installation and lower materials costs.

The company is also offering enhancements to its ‘Envoy Communications Gateway’, which is said to support up to 500 microinverters, providing enhanced power-line communications capabilities for improved connectivity with the PV array.

Paul Nahi, CEO of Enphase Energy said: “Our system’s powerful combination of advanced hardware and web-based software is not only simplifying the way professionals install solar but also streamlining their approach to operations and maintenance with enterprise-level tools integrated with Enlighten.”

Other software platform enhancements introduced in the forth-generation system include ‘MyEnlighten,’ a new interface for solar system owners to view and share their solar arrays. Solar professionals can monitor and manage multiple Enphase installations through the new Enlighten Manager, offering web-based tools for the operations and maintenance of entire fleets of installed systems.

The second version Enlighten software platform API (application programming interface) makes it easier for customers and partners to display Enlighten system data in their existing enterprise platforms or to create custom applications, such as fleet management tools, display kiosks, building management software, billing integration, mobile apps and more.

Enphase’s technology is being displayed at partner booths, such as SolarWorld Americas #731. Enphase will also be participating in and hosting several events during the week, including free training on Monday, October 21, and the SPI Tweetup on October 23.

Enphase executive Carol Neslund will also be presenting at the Women in Solar Breakfast on Tuesday, October 22, and director Mark Abrams will moderate the Industry Experts’ Panel at the JF4S 12th PV Briefing and Networking Forum on Thursday, October 24.

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