Enphase just announced it will make solar microinverters in the United States through a contract manufacturing partnership.
Through a relationship with Flex, Enphase today unveiled a factory in West Columbia, South Carolina. The stateside manufacturing plans are a result of the Inflation Reduction Act’s incentives for American-made solar components.
Enphase and Flex will be hosting a kickoff event and tour on July 6 at Flex’s manufacturing facility. President Joe Biden will attend the event, along with other national and state government officials.
“We are pleased that President Biden is able to visit our manufacturing operations at Flex’s factory in South Carolina today, and we appreciate his support of U.S. companies investing in domestic manufacturing,” said Badri Kothandaraman, president and CEO of Enphase Energy. “Enphase is proud to be a leader in expanding the domestic manufacturing of clean energy products while bringing high-technology jobs and further economic development to the United States. We thank Flex for its commitment as a valuable partner globally over the past 15 years, and we are pleased to expand our partnership in the United States to better service our customers with local manufacturing.”
Enphase uses contract manufacturers around the world to serve different markets, with Flex’s Mexico manufacturing plant making all of its North American inverters up to now. Flex’s South Carolina plant will initially manufacture Enphase’s new IQ8 microinverter for the U.S. market.
The Flex facility is one of three U.S. manufacturing hubs set to come online for Enphase in 2023. When all operations are running, Enphase expects a capacity of 4.8- to 7.2-GWAC of U.S. microinverters per year.
Watch the livestream of President Biden’s remarks at Flex below at 1:15 p.m. ET on July 6.
Updated at 7:36 a.m. ET