SunPower Corporation and Enphase Energy have agreed a strategic partnership to produce the new Enphase Energized Maxeon AC Module, featuring a factory-integrated seventh-generation Enphase IQ microinverter.
The AC Module will be commercialized by Maxeon Solar Technologies, the planned spin-off from SunPower, to residential customers in key international markets through authorized installer networks and distributors starting in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Enphase IQ 7 series microinverters leverage Enphase’s software-defined architecture and semiconductor integration, simplify solar installations and provide a complete AC solution that produces no high-voltage DC, delivering a safe solar solution for homeowners.
In addition, the AC Module will work seamlessly with the full suite of Enphase IQ products: the lighter two-wire Enphase Q Cable, the Enphase IQ Envoy and the Enphase Enlighten monitoring and analysis software.
“Consumers are becoming more sophisticated and recognize the importance of investing in high quality solar systems. We believe that the winning combination of the Enphase microinverter-based energy management system with our superior solar technology and leading downstream sales network is an unparalleled way to address customer needs and new demand dynamics in markets like Europe and Australia. The AC Module is just a first step which paves the way for a more dynamic business model beyond the roof, offering smart energy solutions to global distributed generation markets.”Jeff Waters, CEO of Maxeon.
“SunPower has been a valuable partner of Enphase since June 2018, and our continued AC module partnership is validation of the effectiveness of both the AC module concept and Enphase microinverter technology. Our partnership harnesses the strengths of both companies to offer a high quality, easy-to-use and high-volume mainstream AC module solution. Together with Maxeon Solar Technologies, we are proud to be able to deliver smart home energy solutions and an outstanding customer experience to homeowners in key international markets.”Badri Kothandaraman, president and CEO at Enphase Energy.