Enphase Energy, a global energy technology company, delivers smart, easy-to-use solutions that manage solar generation, storage and communication on one intelligent platform. The Company revolutionized the solar industry with its microinverter technology and produces a fully integrated solar-plus-storage solution. Enphase has shipped more than 28 million microinverters, and over 1.2 million Enphase systems have been deployed in more than 130 countries. For more information, visit www.enphase.com/au and follow the company on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
After a year of record sales that defied the economic impact of the global pandemic, Australia’s solar energy industry is poised for more growth in 2021 predicts Enphase Energy General Manager APAC Wilf Johnston.
Mr Johnston said he expected next year to continue the current residential sales trajectory as consumers took advantage of lower prices, smarter technology and higher standards that would reduce the risk of fires and raise the overall quality bar for the industry.
Enphase Energy is the world’s leading producer of microinverters, smart devices that convert Direct Current (DC) energy produced by solar panels into Alternating Current (AC) energy, which can be used safely in homes and shared with the grid. Enphase technology deploys a microinverter under each solar panel – rather than a single inverter for the entire solar PV system - which delivers greater safety and reliability, panel-level monitoring and maximum performance across all roof types and in all conditions.
Mr Johnston, who has led Enphase in Australia for the past two years 19, has worked in the Australian solar industry for more than 12 years, beginning when he headed up the engineering and commercial project team at SunPower Corporation, then later as General Manager of Energy Matters and Flex.
Enphase Energy, Inc. has released a detailed report that raises questions about the fire safety standards for Australian solar energy systems, including the use of a safety device that has become “a common cause for solar system fires”.Global energy technology company:
The Enphase report, A Comparison of Australian and US Residential Solar Markets, identifies that Australian solar energy systems cost about half the price of those in the US but asks if they are as safe. “Australia makes it easier for homeowners to install rooftop solar… but at what cost?” asks the report.
The detailed report observes that while US incentives for installing solar systems may be similar to those in Australia, they are far less lucrative. “In fact, residential solar systems are roughly 50 per cent cheaper to install in Australia than in the US,” it states.
“While the US and Australia have some common ground across incentives and rebates ... the two countries manage solar system safety very differently. In the US, requirements for solar safety have been added into state and municipal electrical, building, and fire codes, as well as permitting and inspection processes. All electrical contractors must follow National Electric Code (NEC) guidelines, which are updated every three years and adopted by most states. Within these guidelines are some strict requirements on weatherproofing enclosures, rapid shutdown in the case of a grid outage, wiring, and much more.”
Leading Australian solar equipment distributor AC Solar Warehouse is bracing for a fresh surge in sales as Victoria emerges from lockdown, replicating a “COVID premium” in demand for residential solar installations that has seen its sales grow by 30 per cent over last year’s record high.
The Queensland-based company, recently recognised as Enphase Distributor of the Year for 2019-20, reports its sales have hit “historic levels” since emerging from the COVID-19 lockdown in April.
AC Solar Warehouse managing director and co-founder Grant Behrendorff said business “has been hectic from May onwards”. “Our greatest challenge is making sure we keep up with demand,” he said.
“The residential market is the strongest it has ever been. Residential sales inquiries are consistently high, with each month setting a new sales record as COVID-19 has increased demand for household systems. Although it hasn’t leapt ahead in the way that the residential sector has, the commercial market also remains strong.
“We have significant stock levels of all products throughout our network, so we’re prepared for Victoria reopening over the next month or two, which will see the release of a lot of pent-up demand. We have deliberately built up stock levels to prepare for that demand.”