Enphase completes largest installation in South Australia, expands operations in Asia-Pacific

Enphase Energy has completed the largest microinverter installation in South Australia.

Partnering with the U.S. manufacturer, local company Absolute Solar & Electrical installed Enphase M215 Microinverters for a 100 kW rooftop PV system at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, which has a seating capacity for 12,000 people. The solar installation will provide a significant portion of the venue’s necessary power.

"The size of the Adelaide Entertainment Centre may seem daunting for the installation of a solar system," said Matt Teague, Absolute Solar & Electrical’s director of operations. "However, we were able to fit all the panels on one roof with the support and advice of Enphase, who were exceptional partners from the start to the delivery of the project."

Exclusive partnership increases prospects Down Under

While Enphase microinverters have powered a number of high-profile public and entertainment venues in Australia and New Zealand, including the Richmond Football Club, the Auckland War Memorial Museum and Hamilton Zoo, a new deal looks set to expand the company’s residential business Down Under.

Enphase signed the strategic agreement with Melbourne-based electricity and gas company EnergyAustralia to provide microinverter-based PV systems to Australian customers. EnergyAustralia uses Enphase’s microinverters and monitoring platform exclusively in its Next Generation Solar product suite.

"The Enphase system provides customers with a simple, reliable and safe solar solution,” said Gavin Lewis, EnergyAustralia’s product and sales manager. “It is extremely flexible and designed to increase the energy generation for each roof, thereby maximizing savings on the customer’s energy bill."

Lewis added that the ability of the Enphase system to deliver superior performance even in low light conditions means EnergyAustralia can now offer a quality product to customers with partly shaded rooftops who may have previously been told their homes were not suitable for solar.

Nathan Dunn, Enphase’s Asia-Pacific managing director, described the partnership with EnergyAustralia as "a big win for our Asia-Pacific operation — the first with an Australian utility — offering Enphase access to approximately 10% of the Australian population."

Engineering site in New Zealand to be Enphase’s biggest office outside California

The California-based company is also expanding its global engineering facility in Christchurch, New Zealand, to support the design, development and testing of its microinverters.

Enphase will integrate its existing office and engineering facilities, increasing its staff in the country. Enphase plans to expand its engineering workforce by 35% by the fourth quarter of 2016 and expects to draw on its relationship with the University of Canterbury in order to recruit employees. “New Zealand is an untapped market for exceptional engineering talent,” said Dunn.

The new facility will be Enphase’s second largest office outside the company’s headquarters in Petaluma, California.