The more efficient the microinverter the better, right? One of the most efficient on the market incorporates innovations in power electronics and custom microchips to achieve a 96% weighted CEC efficiency. The M215 from Enphase Energy also includes a 25-year warranty, which is great news for high-performance installations such as commercial solar systems.
One of the biggest issues with inverters is operation and maintenance, but the M215 makes monitoring and analyzing simple with software that displays production information in detail, including graphs, time-lapse videos and energy output by hour, day, week, month and lifetime. The manufacturer’s Enlighten software alerts system owners and installers to any deviation in performance, allowing quick maintenance and increased uptime.
The invert outputs 215 Watts of power with a 22 to 36-Volt MPPT range. In addition to its low-voltage operation capability, the M215 is light weight and installs simply with a single-bolt mounting bracket.
SolarUniverse Inc. recently installed a 180-killowatt system in Livermore, California and used the M215 inverters. “We’re a strong believer in the microinverters for their reliability, high performance and easy installation,” says Michael Flood, director of operations at the company. “We like the system because it›s lightweight, quick to put in and reduces cable waste with its flexible cut-to-length design.”
The company demonstrated the microinverter’s easy of installation by holding a contest at their booth at the Solar Power International show in Dallas Texas October 17-20. Every hour two contestants installed a system of four mock solar panels with the microinverters and Engage cable working directly across from each other. The overall winner received an iPad 2. Watch them in action and read more on the company’s blog (enphase.com/eblog).