Enphase Energy launches its Enphase AC Battery in Australia and New Zealand

Enphase Energy has announced that its distributors are now taking orders in Australia and New Zealand for its Enphase AC Battery. The two countries are the first places that Enphase is selling the energy storage system, as it tries to cement its place in international energy storage markets.

The global energy technology company has a network of over 1,000 solar installers in the region, who can now order the Enphase AC Battery from the company’s officially certified distributors. Enphase made the decision to launch the battery in Australia and New Zealand before anywhere else after receiving positive feedback and interest from within the countries. The first shipment of the ordered batteries should arrive in Australia and New Zealand in August 2016.

“Enphase received strong interest from homeowners in Australia and New Zealand when we announced the Enphase AC Battery in October 2015,” said Nathan Dunn, managing director of Enphase Asia-Pacific. “The feedback we’ve received to date from our partners has been extremely encouraging and I am delighted that Australia and New Zealand will be the first region in the world where we will be selling the Enphase Home Energy Solution.”

The Enphase AC Battery was first unveiled in February 2016, and sports a sleek new design, which Enphase hopes will make it more attractive to potential buyers. However, what really sets it apart from other competitors is that it can be connected to systems that use any inverters or solar panels.

It is a scalable, modular system, which interconnects with standard household AC wiring, and uses lithium iron phosphate (LFP) chemistry. It has a capacity of 1.2 kWh and a roundtrip cell efficiency of 96%, while one of the company’s selling points for the battery is its increased safety and reliability.

“We believe the Enphase Home Energy Solution represents the most compelling and technologically advanced residential energy solution in the world today,” added Dunn. “In fact, it is the only complete energy system that we’ve seen to date and we expect the initial demand to be driven by installers looking to retrofit existing residential solar PV systems. Enphase expects the next wave of demand to be driven by new solar PV system owners enticed by the elegance and simplicity of our solution.”

Progression for Enphase Energy

After experiencing a “challenging 2015,” Enphase Energy has adopted a price reduction roadmap and is exploring growth potential in various international markets. Adopting the new roadmap has seen the costs of Enphase’s products continue to fall, which the company hopes will springboard it into these international markets, particularly targeting Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

After suffering some loses in 2015, Enphase’s first quarter financials for 2016 showed more promise, as the company showed an increased eagerness to expand its Home Energy Solution package.

As part of its international expansion plans, the company opened a $4.4 million research and development facility in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March 2016, making it the company’s second largest. "By making a further investment in New Zealand, Enphase is now poised for future growth as we continue to build a world-class engineering team that will work in tandem with the team in California to develop future generations of the Enphase Home Energy Solution,” said Enphase VP of engineering, Greg Steele.