Thursday, September 1, 2011

Enphase Micro Inverters

Check out this amazing product:

http://enphase.com/products/microinverters/m215/

It enables the build-out and operation of solar panels in the home environment using very simple, easy methods. You can expand from one-to-many panels without even having to buy the same panel, which is a serious problem for those of us who want to bild systems out a panel-at-a-time: many times panel producers will discontinue a product so they can introduce improved products. With the Enphase product, you can add that improved new panel to your solar array without problems.

Now, there are limitations and things to know about this product. So far, I've not been able to identify any way to use the product with batteries to perform a storage function for power outages, off-grid operation or overnight power supply. However, for ease of entry into generating your own home renewable energy, you can't beat the low cost, ease of use and flexibility of these modules.

More on the enphase micro-inverters later....

Did I mention Google Power Meter is dead? I mourn it's passing, but the Enphase folks provide the same kind of service to customers with their MicroInverter products, and the price is extremely reasonable, only a few dollars a year.

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