Enphase Energy Inc. has unveiled its new IQ8 Commercial Microinverters, featuring the IQ8P-3P Microinverter, for the small commercial solar market in North America. The IQ8P-3P Microinverter enables a peak output power of up to 480 W, supporting small three-phase commercial applications and newer, high-powered solar panels.
The IQ8 Commercial Microinverters are built to support the small commercial solar industry by simplifying the design and installation process, improving energy harvest with higher uptime, expanding system monitoring capabilities compared to similar solutions, and offering industry-leading safety through an alternating current (AC)-based system using low-voltage power. The new microinverters are compatible with a wide range of solar panels including 54, 60, 66, 72, and 144 cell panels with full or split cell, and with a range of 320 W to 640 W, making the products viable to support projects now and in the future.
“We have been installing Enphase products for more than 13 years,” said Jason Szumlansky, owner of Florida Solar Design Group. “Enphase commercial microinverters are a game changer, simplifying installation, improving energy harvest and satisfying client requirements. Our first project was successful and we found that commissioning a new Enphase commercial system is as simple as commissioning a residential installation.”
The distributed architecture of the Enphase system makes designing projects more seamless by reducing complexity and enabling an optimized panel layout for maximum energy harvesting on crowded or shaded small commercial rooftops. The high-quality manufacturing process and low failure rates unlock an industry-leading 25-year warranty for all IQ8 Microinverters activated in the United States and Canada, and a 12-year warranty for products activated in Mexico.
“Designing and installing Enphase’s new IQ8 Commercial Microinverters was simple, flexible, and came with best-in-class support on demand,” said Jason Jackson, co-founder and CEO of Hakai Energy Solutions. “We appreciate the industry-leading functionality and visualizations of the monitoring platform. Additionally, if low-voltage power and module level rapid shutdown, production optimization, and monitoring are a priority for a project, then the new commercial IQ8 Microinverters are an excellent solution.”
The commercial Enphase Energy System also includes the new IQ Gateway Commercial 2, which can be connected to the internet to enable over-the-air updates and connect to the Enphase App monitoring platform. The IQ Gateway Commercial 2 and IQ Microinverters make per-panel energy monitoring and insights for operations and maintenance simple for businesses, asset managers, and installers, including Fleet View for portfolio monitoring and management. Enphase Kiosk Software is provided to display system performance in real-time, offering marketing, brand value, and sustainability-tracking by showcasing on-site clean energy generation. The new microinverters also feature Enphase Burst Mode technology, allowing panels to start earlier and turn off later in the day where other systems would stop generating power.
“Our commercial customers have unique energy needs that demand a safe, smart, and powerful system that can conserve energy without impacting operations,” said Steven Schwartz, CEO of Lucent Solar. “The plug-and-play design of the new commercial IQ8 Microinverters allows us to build the perfect solution every time and maximize value for our customers.”
— Solar Builder magazine