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Panasonic Announces Strategic Partnership with Enphase Energy

Panasonic, EnphaseNEWARK, N.J. and PETALUMA, Calif. — Panasonic Corporation of North America announced a strategic partnership with Enphase Energy Inc., a leading supplier of solar microinverters, for the development of high efficiency AC Modules (ACMs). To support this partnership, the 320W Enphase IQ 7X Microinverter™ offers compatibility with Panasonic’s N Series Photovoltaic (PV) Modules HIT® (N325/N330), and will be made available to distributors starting May 2018.

The Enphase IQ 7X Microinverter is compatible with Panasonic’s HIT® modules, and the partnership will continue with the co-development of AC Modules (ACM) that will offer significant advantages to integrators and installers. A recent Enphase market survey of installers nationwide affirmed the value-add of AC modules, with significantly lower install times, and additional savings on logistics and overhead costs, making it a preferred choice for installers. Installers and Integrators also benefit from fewer inspection steps with factory-assembled and tested ACM products.

“Panasonic prides itself on its dedication to delivering reliable products to our customers,” said Mukesh Sethi, Group Manager, Panasonic Residential Solar Group “This partnership with Enphase Energy will enable us to combine our products and expertise to offer a new solar solution that can help our customers meet their renewable energy needs. We look forward to our future with Enphase Energy and what we are able to achieve within the residential solar industry.”

“The N series PV Modules are manufactured for peak performance, making them an ideal partner for the Enphase IQ 7X Microinverter,” said Sethi. “With a unique heterojunction technology and advanced bifacial cells, these high efficiency panels offer homeowners state-of-the-art features and maximum solar production.”

When combined with the Enphase Envoy™ Gateway, AC Combiner 2.0™ with built-in Revenue Grade Meter (RGM) and disconnects, the Panasonic-Enphase ACMs will provide highly advanced PV systems to home owners and quick installation time for integrators and installers. Compliant with Rapid Shutdown Requirements of NEC 2017, the IQ 7 Microinverter System will significantly lower overhead costs and offer homeowners a safe residential PV systems solution.

“We are excited to work with Panasonic on this new high-performance AC module program,” said David Ranhoff, Chief Commercial Officer at Enphase Energy. “Panasonic is a global brand that homeowners know and respect. Together we will bring high-quality solutions to the roof that our customers can trust and benefit from for years to come.”

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