Enphase IQ8 microinverters now shipping in the U.S.
Enphase Energy has announced that it has begun manufacturing IQ8 microinverters for customers in North America. Enphase’s smartest microinverter yet, IQ8 fundamentally changes the paradigm for solar technology, which otherwise requires a grid connection to operate. With IQ8, homeowners can now form a microgrid during a power outage using sunlight, providing backup power even without a battery.
“We are excited to provide our customers with the all-in-one Enphase Energy System powered by the software-defined IQ8 solar microinverters,” said Badri Kothandaraman, president and CEO of Enphase Energy. “We started testing the product with selected installers in Q3 2021 and the feedback has been great. Not only do homeowners get backup power with sunlight, but they also have the flexibility to add more solar power or batteries in the future as their needs change.”
The Enphase Energy System with IQ8 is available in four different configurations: the first is Solar Only; the second is Sunlight Backup with no battery and the addition of IQ Load Controller to support only essential loads during an outage; the third is Home Essentials Backup with a small battery; and the fourth is Full Energy Independence with a large battery. While the first configuration is a standard grid-connected system, the remaining configurations are grid-independent systems that require the Enphase IQ System Controller 2 (formerly known as Enpower smart switch) to island the home during an outage. For homeowners who want a battery, there are no size restrictions for connecting an Enphase battery to the solar system. And all configurations can be customized for homeowners with the help of Enphase installation partners.
“The IQ8 microinverter has changed the way we think about installing solar home systems,” said William May, owner and operator of May Electric Solar, an Enphase Energy installation partner in Florida. “The technology allows us to build a solution that fits our customers’ needs, with or without a battery, and provide them with reliable, affordable and safer power.”
The IQ8 family includes five types of software-defined microinverters, IQ8, IQ8+, IQ8M, IQ8A and IQ8H, with peak AC output currents of 245VA, 300VA, 330VA, 366VA and 384VA, respectively. The IQ8H microinverter is Enphase’s most powerful microinverter to date and has a California Energy Commission (CEC) efficiency of 97%. The multiple types of IQ8 allow seamless coupling with a full range of solar panels, up to 540 WDC.
While IQ8 pilot installations began in Q3 2021 with select installation partners, production shipments began last week for Enphase’s wider network of distributor and installation partners in North America.
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