Enphase Energy, a California-headquartered global supplier of microinverters, AC home battery storage, and smart solar monitoring technologies, has this week announced the opening of its first R&D center in Bengaluru, Karnataka to establish a best-in-class technology development center in India.
In addition to the firm’s new R&D facility Enphase will also offer employment opportunities for engineering, operations, marketing, sales, and customer support personnel to meet the needs of its growing Indian and Asian customer base.
Speaking about the company’s global strategy, Badri Kothandaraman, President and CEO of Enphase Energy, said: “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.”
Sunil Thamaran, Vice President and MD of Enphase India, added: “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 Enphase, its microinverters – 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. Enphase also claims that its microinverters can enable installers to reduce their installation and maintenance costs and bring greater value to customers.
1 MW Bengaluru solar rooftop installation with RenXSol
Enphase Energy, together with installation partner RenxSol Ecotech, a Bengaluru-based solar solutions provider, have installed microinverters at a 1 MW solar rooftop plant in Bengaluru. This is company’s largest installation in the Asia-pacific region to date.
Powered by 2,858 microinverters, 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.
“We are seeing a solid uptake of Enphase technology in India, driven by the power purchase agreement (PPA) model,” said Nathan Dunn, MD 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.”
According to the Enphase, in addition to reliability, its microinverter system also offers enhanced flexibility in cases where a complex rooftop system design is required to meet the site’s requirements, allowing installers to utilize every possible space on the rooftop. Also, 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.
The FMCG facility’s solar array is expected to offset approximately 1,500 tons of CO2 annually.