Enphase Energy is a US-headquartered manufacturer specialising in the development of microinverters for the solar market. Enphase microinverters are miniaturised inverters that work on a per-panel level. Given their panel level operation, Enphase microinverters offer several advantages over string inverters, including redundancy, more flexible system design, monitoring of individual panels and mitigating the overall impact on a system of solar panel shading. However, be prepared to pay a bit more for a microinverter-based system. The company’s seventh generation microinverter, the Enphase IQ 7 series, is suited to residential applications and commercial systems. The next generation, the IQ8 is being eagerly anticipated as this will be a “grid-independent” device’s. This means solar power systems using it can continue to supply electricity to a household in the event of a blackout. Here in Australia, Enphase provides technical and commercial assistance via its office in Melbourne.
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