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Enphase Microinverters - Inverters for Grid-Tie Solar Systems

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Enphase Microinverters

Enphase inverters also known as "microinverters" allow one grid-tie inverter per solar panel.

The Enphase Microinverter system is a fully integrated device that converts the DC output of a single solar module into grid-compliant AC power. This integrated system maximizes energy harvest, increases system reliability, and simplifies design, installation and management.

The Enphase inverter system is the first commercially available inverter for residential and commercial solar PV applications that uses one inverter per solar module with MPPT and a unique way to watch your power production for each solar module. Welcome to a new generation of solar power grid-tie Enphase microinverters!

Enphase microinverters

Latest Enphase Microinverters

S280 M250 . M215 . M200 208V . M200 240V . M175 208V . M175 240V

Enphase Microinverter Review

Why did Enphase Energy get started?

Enphase Energy was started to address the challenges associated with the traditional solar energy model:

• Maximizing the energy harvest of an array of modules.
• Having a single inverter for an entire array creates a single point of failure.
• Complex design decisions must be made in sizing DC series and parallel strings.
• Limited monitoring and analysis and no per-panel visibility.

General Features FAQ

What is a Microinverter?
An inverter is a power converter that converts direct current (DC) into alternating current (AC). Traditionally, this has meant one, centrally-located inverter converting all of the DC current from the entire PV array. A micro-inverter is a much smaller version of the central inverter where there is one per PV module. The DC gets converted to AC at the point of the PV module. AC power then travels upstream through an ordinary branch circuit, and to the service panel.

What is a Microinverter system?
A Microinverter system is a federation of multiple micro-inverters all along a branch circuit, and/or within multiple branch circuits, which are all converting DC to AC, all injecting their current upstream, and reporting back to Enphase regarding their individual power-production statistics.

What is an EMU?
The Energy Management Unit is the communications gateway device which relays power-production statistics to the Enlighten™ website.

How do Enphase Microinverters differ from PVAC units?
With PVAC, the inverter and module are a single unit and are sold and installed as such. In contrast, the Enphase Microinverter is architected as a standalone inverter. This modular design means they can offer the flexibility to work with most off-the-shelf solar modules.

Can Microinverters work in off-grid environments?
They have only been tested to work in grid-tied installations.

Can Enphase be used in both Residential and Commercial solar deployments?
Yes. they are designed for 240VAC residential, as well as 208VAC three-phase service.

What solar modules are they compatible with?
They are compatible with most major brands of solar panels. Contact us for professional reviews or choose the one from our Enphase Microinverter Comparison Page.


• Every module gets the benefit of individual Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT), thereby maximizing energy harvest.
• With Enphase Micro-inverters, the modules are resilient to dust, debris, and shading.
• Enphase Burst Mode technology provides greater production in low-light conditions.


• No single point of failure.
• Provides continuous monitoring of the performance of each PV module.
• Soft switching reduces component stress.
• MTBF of 119 years


• Quick and simple installation.
• No central or string inverter to install or design.
• The system provides 24/7 monitoring and management for each module.

How an Enphase Energy Microinverter System differs from a standard String Inverter System

Traditional solar energy installations deploy a single centralized inverter to convert the DC output from multiple solar modules into AC power. The Enphase Energy Micro-inverter system is a fully integrated device that converts the DC output of a single solar module into grid-compliant AC power. This provides significant benefits over traditional solar energy systems:

Traditional System Enphase System Benefits
Single centralized inverter One Microinverter per module • Eliminates concern about where to place a large inverter.
• Reduced wiring time.
• Eliminates need for DC switching points.
Single MPPT for array Individual MPPT per module • Maximizes harvest per module.
• Increased resilience to obstruction, shading, inter-row shading,
and obstacles such as dust or debris.
Uniform, co-planar module installation Mis-matched, non-coplanar orientation possible • Roof area can be maximized.
• Configuration flexibility for varying module brands and ratings.
• Modules need not be collocated.
String design Branch circuit design • No string design required.
• No single point of failure.
• Degradation of one module does not affect other modules.
Third party per-inverter monitoring Integrated Enlighten™ per-module monitoring • Continuous per-module performance monitoring for optimized harvest.
• Performance variance detection, analysis, and diagnostics.

Envoy allows you to monitor each module through the Enlighten website.

enphase enlighten envoyThe Enphase Microinverter System includes the following two additional components:

Communications Gateway
The module performance information generated by each inverter is collected by the Enphase communications gateway called the Energy Management Unit (EMU). This is also known as the Envoy. The EMU then transmits this data over a broadband internet connection to the Enphase Enlighten™ website.

The Enphase Enlighten website analyzes the per-module data collected by each Micro-inverter. Enlighten automatically detects any shortfall in energy production, identifies possible causes, and suggests solutions to correct the problem. The Enphase Enlighten website is constantly monitoring and managing every module on every installation.

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