Enphase Energy, a California-based energy technology company specializing in solar micro-inverters, has announced two major developments in the Indian market: the opening of a new R&D center in Bangalore and the installation of one of its largest projects to date.
According to the company, India is powering the growth of solar with its ambitious targets for clean energy and is expected to be ranked among the world’s top solar markets this year. Enphase plans to support this rapid growth with the opening of its Bangalore R&D center, where it will also offer employment opportunities for engineering, operations, marketing, sales, and customer support personnel to meet the needs of its customers worldwide.
“I am pleased to announce our first R&D center in India, which is an important part of our overall global strategy,” says Badri Kothandaraman, president and CEO of Enphase Energy. “The abundant engineering and technology talent in India not only fits well with Enphase’s core of product innovation, but also helps us in operational excellence to achieve our 30-20-10 financial operating model. We are bullish about the region’s growth potential due to its ever-increasing demand for clean energy and look forward to working with our customers, partners and module manufacturers to deliver innovative solutions.”
“This strategic expansion in India is very exciting for Enphase,” adds Sunil Thamaran, vice president and managing director of Enphase India. “We are pleased to be developing a highly skilled team that will span Enphase’s end-to-end operations, supporting both the growing local and worldwide demand for our products, services and customer support.”
According to the company, India has a mature R&D ecosystem that includes many renewable energy companies with more than 20 years of business in the region. Enphase micro-inverters, as promoted through the company’s Made for India campaign, are designed and proven to operate for decades in harsh climates such as India’s.
In addition to its new R&D center, the company has announced that its installation partner RenXSol Ecotech has installed Enphase micro-inverters in a 1 MW solar project. Located near Bangalore, the project is Enphase’s largest installation in the Asia-Pacific region and one of its largest globally.
Occupying 67,000 square feet over six rooftops in multiple orientations, the project overcomes shading challenges to power a large, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) company. Powered by 2,858 Enphase micro-inverters, the system is expected to provide more than 15,000 MWh of clean power annually to the FMCG company’s cold storage, packaging, baking, and pickling units. RenXSol Ecotech, a project developer and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm based in Bangalore, is due to commission the system in December 2017.
“We are seeing a solid uptake of Enphase technology in India, driven by the power purchase agreement (PPA) model,” says Nathan Dunn, managing director of Enphase Asia-Pacific. “Enphase thrives in PPA-driven markets due to our unmatched reliability, as well as leading intelligence and control capabilities for commercial and industrial asset managers.”
In addition to reliability, an Enphase micro-inverter system also offers enhanced flexibility in cases where a complex system design is required to meet the site’s requirements, allowing installers to utilize every possible space on the rooftop, according to the company. Also, the company adds, the system’s ability to produce power in low-light, disbursed light or shaded conditions means it maximizes energy harvest even in India’s harsh, dusty environment.
“When dealing with a challenging system design across multiple rooftops, it’s essential to select the right components to avoid detrimental power losses,” says Srinivas Kumar, founder and CEO of RenXSol Ecotech. “The Enphase micro-inverter system’s resilience to shading and panel mismatch, its robust design, reliability, and remote diagnostic capabilities makes it perfect for this complex rooftop, and perfect for India in general.”