Category Archives: Micro-Inverters

Troubleshooting PV- for the Lazy (and frugal)!

“Happy MegaWatt Day” I didn’t realize it, but the solar system on our house recently produced one full Megawatt hour of electricity (1000 kwhs). I haven’t been tracking closely, but my friend has! I realized it when I got an … Continue reading

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Does Solar Energy make Financial Sense?

“Now, I know Solar Energy just doesn’t make financial sense yet…..” He told me that with a straight face and obviously believed it.       I thought about his perception of solar for a while- why do we still think solar is out … Continue reading

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Data on Reliability of Inverters…

Enphase just released the numbers of reliability for string inverters versus microinverters.  The results are staggering. The data, collected separately and independently by Westinghouse Solar and SunEdison over a twoyear period from 2008 – 2010, show the reliability of microinverters is … Continue reading

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Enphase launches big!

Enphase has finally put their new generation of microinverters on the market. They have done it right.   With the new product they have fixed the two MAIN compaints that anyone has ever brought up against the micro-inverters. 1.  They … Continue reading

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MicroInverters on Steroids

Enphase is coming out with the next (3rd) generation of microinverter and we will have them for sale in July.   These new microinverters work with larger modules, are more efficient and will be coming in at about the same … Continue reading

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27.8 kW Photovoltaic system for Christmas!

We  just put the finishing touches on a commercial photovoltaic system here in Cumberland County, TN.  It is the largest Photovoltaic system in Cumberland county and it uses Enphase Microinverters. We have 124 modules (we used Sharp 224w) and we … Continue reading

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Mighty MicroInverters make their Mark!

Producing a reliable, more efficient and less costly PV panel is an important step in making solar more competitive. But it is only part of the bigger picture, or the ‘balance of system’. An array of other components, including inverters, … Continue reading

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MicroInverters ready for the big time!

Andalay solar, a subisidiary of AKeena solar has recently partnered with Westinghouse and is preparing for a big push into the residential markets. Akeena is a large installer of PV systems in California and in 2007 they partnered with Enphase … Continue reading

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Enphase System Installers Survey

Enphase recently tabulated the results of their first survey. This survey went out to installers who have installed at least one Enphase system. Newcomers and Veterans Agree on Enphase. Enphase has proven valuable to both solar first-timers and solar old-timers. … Continue reading

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Another MicroInverter installation!

This one was installed by professionals, but they used the enphase microinverters and were able to simplify the installation (he could have done it himself!). Keep Learning!

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