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March 15, 2020

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6 Reasons Why Enphase IQ Beats The Rest

Enphase Energy make solar simple and energy smart.

Light. Flexible. Powerful. That’s how you would describe an Enphase microinverter system. Enphase microinverter systems boast some of the most impressive technology and performance on the market. And as the company that introduced the world’s first microinverter system in 2008, they have continued to lead the industry in research and development.

Enphase’s success is summarised by three fundamental beliefs – innovation, quality, and responsibility. Enphase don’t follow the status quo; quality is at the core of everything they do and they never lose sight of the bigger picture.

Why Enphase?

The Enphase IQ7+ is the world’s most technologically advanced inverter system. This microinverter features higher efficiency and power, all whilst having less components than its predecessor. Here are six reasons why Enphase IQ beats the rest.

1. Cost Advantage

Don’t be limited to 290W modules as IQ7 supports up to 320W, and IQ7+ up to 395W. Save money as higher output from IQ7 micros enables additional BOS cost savings. 

These double digit BOS savings get even bigger with large 72-cell module pairings for commercial projects that are perfectly suited for IQ7+. 

2. Greater Durability & Reliability

Enphase’s industry leading R&D and manufacturing standards include Enphase’s 1 million power-on-hours of rigorous testing before any microinverter generation. 

Reduced part count and no moving parts but 5 millions ASICS means less wear and tear, greater durability and greater flexibility as grid requirements change. 

Low voltage reduces thermal cycling and component stress, a primary cause of wear-out in inverters. 

The double insulated polymeric IQ7+ enclosure is resistant to dust and capable of withstanding water immersion between 15cm and 1 meter for 30 minutes. 


3. Increased Safety

PV system design philosophy has a significant impact on both prevention and suppression of fires. With its all AC design, the Enphase IQ system mitigates the risk of fire by avoiding distribution of high DC voltage and high DC current altogether. 

4. Flexible Design

With no string sizing, multiple configurations, and an all-AC design, the Enphase microinverter has a unique and flexible design that is suitable for residential and commercial systems. 

5. Easier Installation

The light, flexible, and powerful design is easier to handle on the roof, offers a simpler brand layout, and supports both 60 and 72 cell modules. IQ7 delivers 23% more power than S-Series and is the most efficient microinverter at 96.5%. 

6. Greater Productivity

In independent studies, Enphase produced up to 3.1% more energy.

Whether it’s a leaf, dirt, or a cloudy day, obstructions happen all the time, to every system. With microinverters, only the individual panel is affected, while the others keep performing to their fullest.

A string inverter system can only perform as well as its lowest-performing panel. So if shade or a pile of leaves hinders one panel’s performance, every other panel operates at the same diminished capacity.


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