The Enphase Microinverter
Enphase has pioneered a new approach to managing solar power that makes solar systems smarter and more efficient. Traditionally, solar panels are connected together in series circuits fed into a single, central inverter device. This means that one inverter controls tens, hundreds or even thousands of solar panels as if they are one unit operating at the same power level. This approach reduces the overall system efficiency and limits the available information about individual panel health.
Enphase replaces these large central inverters with small microelectronics that attach to each solar panel. These devices, known as microinverters, allow each panel to operate independently, leading to significant improvements in energy production and adding a new layer of intelligence throughout the system.
The Enphase System
Each microinverter integrates with advanced networking technology and web-based software to enable new levels of intelligence and connectivity in the solar array.
Specifically, the Enphase Microinverter System consists of the following components:
- The microinverter that connects to each solar module and converts DC power to grid-compliant AC power
- The Envoy Communications Gateway that networks with each microinverter and transmits performance information to the Internet
- The Enlighten software through which Enphase customers can monitor and manage their solar power systems 24 hours a day