February 13 (Renewables Now) - The North American unit of Japan’s Panasonic Corp (TYO:6752) has teamed up with US solar microinverters maker Enphase Energy Inc (NASDAQ:ENPH) to produce Alternating Current (AC) solar modules.
The new product will use technology from both partners and will be available to distributors from May 2018, Panasonic said on Monday. It will incorporate Panasonic's N Series HIT (heterojunction with intrinsic thin-layer) photovoltaic (PV) modules of the N325 and N330 models with Enphase’s 320-W IQ 7X microinverter. The inverters will be fitted into 96-cell PV modules with peak AC capacity of 320 W.
The new product, which the two companies say will offer "significant advantages" to integrators and installers, will be suitable for residential solar applications. According to recent Enphase market survey, AC modules have lower installation times, while their deployment provides savings on logistics and overhead costs.
"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," said Mukesh Sethi, group manager at Panasonic Residential Solar Group.