Enphase Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENPH), a worldwide energy tech business and the world’s leading supplier of solar microinverters, today said it has collaborated with CREATON GmbH, one of the leading residential roofing producers in Europe, to deliver photovoltaic (PV) in-roof systems to residential solar customers throughout Germany.
CREATON, with offices and manufacturing plants located across Germany, offers a vast assortment of products for pitched roofing solutions, such as both clay and concrete roof tiles, and system fittings. Its newly developed PV in-roof systems using Enphase Energy comprise Enphase IQ 7™ and IQ 7™ microinverters, along with Enphase Envoy™ communications gateways, which link the system into the Enphase Enlighten™ monitoring platform and produces per-panel energy monitoring and precision.
IQ 7 and IQ 7+ microinverters leverage Enphase’s exceptional software-defined structure and semiconductor integration for excellent reliability and economies of scale. Enphase microinverters are exposed to a rigorous reliability and excellent testing regimen with over a million hours of testing to ensure performance under salty air, high humidity, heat, intense cold, and harsh climate conditions. The Company’s microinverters are designed to be renewable energy assets and are backed by a guarantee.
On February 6, 2020, Enphase Energy announced that the Company, together with Solaray and AC Solar Warehouse in Australia, supports the Australian photovoltaic industry’s position to change solar power system installation and equipment standards.
During 2010, in response to the proliferation of solar PV systems on rooftops globally, emergency services teams responsible for responding to house fires decided that a safe emergency access solution was required. Steps were taken in parallel by Australian and U.S. authorities to address the issue. In Australia, a rooftop DC isolator was mandated in 2012, whereas the U.S. introduced rapid shutdown requirements in the 2014 National Electrical Code. Rapid shutdown provides a quick and easy method to de-energize PV modules to ensure complete safety for first responders and eliminate the risk of electrocution. By comparison, to operate the rooftop DC isolators used in Australia, emergency services personnel must climb onto a roof that may already be dangerous to access. In addition, even with a switched isolator, the cabling under the panels remains fully energized up to 600 volts DC.