At Solar Power International we got an upclose look at the complete Home Energy Solution with IQ that Enphase Energy, Inc. is excited to push to the market in 2017. The plan for the Home Energy Solution is ambitious, as Enphase is trying to move past selling pieces and parts of a home PV system and evolve into a completely integrated solar, storage and energy management offering.
“Enphase is delivering on the strategy we outlined last year: to continually improve our solutions while driving down cost,” said Paul Nahi, president and CEO of Enphase Energy. “The Enphase Home Energy Solution with IQ meets the market’s need for a truly integrated solar, storage, and home energy management system that is even simpler to install and uses a single, intelligent platform.”
The solution starts with company’s sixth-generation Enphase IQ Microinverter System, which supports high-powered 60- and 72-cell solar modules. They are 30 percent lighter than Enphase S-Series microinvertes and can be integrated in upcoming AC modules from LG and SolarWorld to offer even faster and simpler installations that save on soft costs.
The two-wire Enphase Q Cable is 50 percent lighter than the previous generation of Enphase trunk cable; the Enphase Q Aggregator offers simple “plug and play” connection for up to three branches on the roof; and the Enphase Q Combiner provides further installation and commissioning efficiency.
The Enphase Home Energy Solution with IQ uses a single technology platform for seamless management of the whole solution, enabling rapid commissioning via the Enphase Installer Toolkit; consumption monitoring with a metered Envoy and CTs; and energy insights from the Enlighten Software platform’s easy-to-use interface.
The Enphase IQ 6 microinverters comply with fixed power factor, voltage and frequency ride-through requirements, and meets current and known future requirements for distributed solar on utility networks, including Rule 21 in California and Hawaiian Electric Company Rule 14H.
The Enphase IQ 6 Microinverter System is expected to be available in North America in the first quarter of 2017.
— Solar Builder magazine