Enphase and Q CELLS Announce AC Module Partnership

Enphase Energy and Q CELLS have announced a strategic partnership to develop AC Modules (ACMs) based on seventh-generation Enphase IQ microinverters

Enphase Energy, a global energy technology company and a leading supplier of solar microinverters, and Q CELLS, a renowned total energy solutions provider in solar cell and module, energy storage, downstream project business and energy retail, have announced a strategic partnership to develop Enphase Energized Q CELLS AC Modules (ACMs) based on seventh-generation Enphase IQ microinverters. The first Enphase and Q CELLS-developed ACMs will be available from major distributors in the US starting July 15, 2020.

Enphase Q Cells Module

The Q.PEAK DUO BLK-G6+/AC 340-345 ACM features the Enphase IQ 7+ microinverter and is the first Enphase Energised ACM from Q CELLS to come to market. The product produces outstanding yields thanks to power classes of up to 345 Wp and efficiencies of up to 19.5 percent. These performance values are possible through Q CELLS’ unrivalled Q.ANTUM DUO monocrystalline half-cell technology, combined with state-of-the-art circuitry and 6-busbar cell design. It also offers long-term reliability with a 25-year product warranty and one of the lowest degradation rates in the industry, which guarantees 85 percent initial performance in the 25th year.

The Enphase Energised ACM allows installers to be more competitive through improved capital management, reduced labor costs, improved SKU management with accelerated design, and faster installation times. The modules are assembled in the USA at Q CELLS’ manufacturing facility in Dalton, GA.

“Enphase was the right partner for Q CELLS to develop an AC module for the high-volume residential solar market because both companies are aligned in providing customers with the highest quality and most reliable solar technology,” said Hee Cheul (Charles) Kim, chief executive officer of Q CELLS. “Our shared customers will benefit from faster installations and reduced operating costs enabled by the AC modules, and we look forward to a long and successful collaboration with Enphase.”

The seventh-generation Enphase IQ microinverter system dramatically simplifies solar installations and provides a complete AC solution that produces no high-voltage DC, providing a safe solar solution for homeowners. Solar installers who select the product can monitor their solar fleets remotely using the powerful cloud-based Enphase Enlighten monitoring system, provide their customers the peace-of-mind of a 25-year module warranty, and rely on the Enphase support team to deliver an outstanding customer experience.

“Q CELLS is a global PV technology leader known for its high-quality photovoltaic solar cells and modules, and this AC module partnership is yet another validation of the ACM concept and Enphase’s microinverter technology,” said Badri Kothandaraman, chief executive officer at Enphase Energy. “This ACM partnership harnesses the strengths of both companies to offer a high quality, easy-to-use solution for the high-volume residential market.”

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