Enphase Energy, Inc., a global energy technology company and supplier of solar microinverters, announced that Enphase Energized AC Modules (ACM) from its ACM partners have been installed by over 180 of its solar installation partners in the U.S. five months after availability.
Enphase Energized AC Modules are built by strategic module partners who integrate Enphase microinverters with PV modules on the manufacturing line. Leading solar module manufacturers LG, JinkoSolar, Panasonic, SolarWorld, and Waaree have announced their partnerships with Enphase to develop AC Modules. Enphase Energized AC Modules allow installers to be more competitive through improved capital management, reduced labor costs, and accelerated design and installation times.
Enphase Energized AC Modules ship as fully integrated systems from its module partners. These AC Modules are impacted by the Section 201 petition filed by Suniva and the U.S. government's recent decision to impose a tariff on imported solar cells and panels. Enphase is formally seeking exclusion of the tariff on the microinverter portion of the AC module from the office of United States Trade Representative (USTR).
AC Modules based on Enphase IQ microinverters meet or exceed regulatory requirements set by the National Electrical Code (NEC) and individual states and are certified compliant with NEC 2014 and 2017 rapid shutdown requirements. Unlike string inverters, Enphase IQ microinverters have rapid shutdown built in, with no additional equipment necessary. Enphase IQ microinverters also comply with requirements for distributed solar on utility networks included in Rule 21 in California and Hawaiian Electric Company Rule 14H, such as power factor, voltage and frequency ride-through requirements.