Newest Products from Enphase Energy Meet the Needs of the California and Hawaii Markets
July 11, 2017; Date:
In California and Hawaii, policy changes are underway requiring "smart inverters" for solar power systems. Requirements going into effect in September call for what's called "Phase 1" functions, comprising a set of "autonomous" actions providing "grid support" functions like voltage or frequency support. That is, these functions happen automatically without any explicit control, and act in reaction to grid conditions. For example the voltage or frequency might go out of bounds, and rather than disconnect from the grid the inverter instead shifts into a mode of helping to correct the problem.
The industry developed a supplemental standard, UL1741SA (Supplement A), defining those autonomous functions. Shortly Enphase, and the other solar inverter manufacturers, will be unable to sell inverters in California that lack this feature.
PETALUMA, Calif., July 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Enphase Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENPH), a global energy technology company and the world's leading supplier of solar microinverters, announced today additional validation that the Company's newest products are ready for the smart grid requirements in the California and Hawaii markets.
Enphase IQ Microinverters, released in the U.S. earlier this year, received UL1741SA certification for compliance with California Rule 21 which requires additional advanced grid functionality (AGF), effective September 8, 2017. This includes the IQ6 Microinverter, IQ6+ Microinverter, and Enphase Energized™ AC Modules that integrate these microinverters. The initial set of AGF requirements include voltage and frequency ride-through, extending the times that solar energy systems can continue to operate while grid conditions are in flux, as well as methods of reactive power control to help regulate grid voltage.
In addition, Enphase secured Material and Methods (MM#) expedited approval process integration with Hawaiian Electric Co.'s Department of Planning and Permitting, allowing Enphase energy storage project applications to move more quickly through the permitting process. The Enphase AC Battery was introduced in the U.S. in January 2017. This faster processing time enables Enphase customers to install solar + storage systems that meet the requirements of the customer self-supply program.
"Both of these announcements reinforce the value our newest products bring to key solar markets like California and Hawaii," said Paul Nahi, president and CEO of Enphase Energy. "These are trendsetter markets for solar, so it's likely we'll see similar developments in other states in the future, and Enphase is ready."
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