SolarWorld taps Enphase as global microinverter supplier


Germany's SolarWorld has formalized Enphase Energy as the supplier of microinverter systems for its custom-engineered system solutions in the United States and across both companies' worldwide distribution networks.

The companies will begin their strategic partnership in the United Kingdom.

Enphase, the world's largest provider of microinverters (which convert direct electrical current to alternating current to enable most applications of solar electric power), and SolarWorld have also agreed to engage in close collaboration in developing new solar technologies and products.

"Enphase has worked closely with SolarWorld for several years, and the companies have built a strong, growing business together in collaboration with SolarWorld's extensive U.S. channels," said Jeff Loebbaka, Enphase senior vice president of global sales, marketing and support. "This new agreement promises to open new regional market and product opportunities around the world for both companies."

Enphase last month launched an integrated energy management system and an AC storage solution at the Solar Power International trade show in Las Vegas. The products will be available for residential and commercial PV systems next year.

SolarWorld, meanwhile, announced in October that it was investing $10 million to expand PV cell and module capacities at its factory in the U.S. state of Oregon, including the addition of a PV module line to increase its capacity from 380 MW to 530 MW, as well as converting 100 MW of its PV cell production to passivated emitter rear contact (PERC) technology.

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