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Enphase IQ batteries: overview and specifications
If you’re looking for a solar storage battery for your home, Enphase offers several options with its IQ series. Enphase is best known for its microinverters. Most solar homeowners these days are choosing power optimizers or microinverters over conventional central inverters, and Enphase dominates the North American microinverter market with its IQ7 and new IQ8 series. Meanwhile, lithium batteries are getting cheaper all the time, utility companies are having scheduled blackouts (aka power safety shutoffs) due to wildfire risks, and utilities continue to attack net metering.
A photo of the Enphase IQ8 microinverter
Enphase IQ8 vs IQ7: Is it worth the upgrade?
Enphase, the maker of the most popular microinverters in the US solar market, announced that it will be releasing the latest version of the IQ series later in 2021. Product releases from Enphase are often a big deal, because microinverters and power optimizers now dominate the residential solar market, accounting for about 80% of all installations. New features from Enphase are good news for consumers, and also have the potential to move other inverter manufacturers to adopt those features to stay competitive.
Photo of Enphase and SolarEdge solar inverters
Enphase vs SolarEdge: which home solar inverter is best?
When it comes to designing a home solar system, most people tend to focus on the panels, but arguably the most important component of the system is the inverter. The inverter does the important job of converting direct current (DC) power from the panels into alternating current (AC) power that your home can use. It’s a complex device, and manufacturers offer different designs with pros and cons that a homeowner should understand before they sign off on a proposal from a solar installer.
An overview of Enphase microinverters
If you’ve read my article about how solar inverters work, you’ll know that one way to get the maximum output out of your solar panels in difficult shade conditions is to use microinverters. The company that is far and away the largest player in the microinverter industry is Enphase Energy. In business since 2006, the California-based Enphase has shipped over 20 million microinverters, so they have a lot of experience. They’ve gone through several iterations of their product lineup, and in this article I’ll take a look at their latest offerings.