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Enphase IQ8+ With Enpower Smartswitch™: Power Your Homes With Solar Energy During Outages

Green Bolt

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about residential solar?

Is it green energy?

Is it free energy? 

Perhaps, you want to add battery storage and enjoy an uninterrupted power supply?

Well, solar power is indeed clean, green, and virtually free for the entire life of the system. However, adding battery storage does not guarantee an uninterrupted power supply.

By law, all grid-tied solar systems are required to automatically shut off the power supply during grid power outages. Not doing so puts the lives of grid workers at risk, because there’s always the possibility of power generated by your system leaking into the grid and electrocoating grid technicians.

Fortunately, that does mean your dream of an uninterrupted power supply is dashed conclusively.

Introducing Enphase IQ8+ With Enpower Smartswitch™

As Enphase puts it, “IQ8+ Microinverters are the industry’s first grid-forming microinverters with split-phase power conversion capability to convert DC power to AC power efficiently.”

Enpower Smartswitch™ acts like a microgrid interconnection device by connecting to grid power, solar panels, and battery storage. It automatically detects power outages and seamlessly disconnects your solar system from grid power and switches to backup power either from your solar batteries or directly from the solar panels themselves when the sun is shining..

 A third component – Encharge™ battery storage system – is required to make the system work when the sun is not shining. The result is that you can enjoy an uninterrupted power supply during power outages day or night!.

Enphase Encharge™ Battery Storage System

The Enphase Encharge™ storage system features embedded grid-forming microinverters. When combined with Enpower Smartswitch™, the battery goes through far fewer cycles of charge and discharge. 

Anyone familiar with battery storage will tell you that batteries slowly lose their performance and integrity with each charge cycle and discharge cycle. Usually, this process is imperceptible to our everyday experience but becomes a problem over a timescale of 10 years or longer. That’s why batteries usually have warranties in the vicinity of 10 years. 

In short, the fewer and less frequent these charge-discharge cycles, the longer the battery lasts. So, it’s hardly surprising that Enphase Encharge™ is covered by a massive 25-year warranty.

What’s Next?

Green Power Energy’s Platinum+ configuration combines Enphase IQ8+, Enphase Encharge™, and Enpower Smartswitch™ systems to provide you with a resilient, durable, and smart microgrid system that supplies your home with uninterrupted power during power outages.


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