Enphase opens R&D centre in New Zealand

Enphase Energy has opened a $4.4 million research and development (R&D) facility in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The centre is expected to further Enphase’s compliance testing and verification capabilities for its microinverters, as well as expanding the firm’s development of its AC battery modular energy storage system.

Both components form a key part of the Enphase Home Energy Solution, which the company is rolling out into Australia and New Zealand towards the end of this year. The Enphase Home Energy Solution comprises an integrated solar system, energy control, and plug-and-play storage capability.

The New Zealand R&D facility is Enphase’s second largest, after its lead engineering hub in Petaluma, California, and has the capacity for further expansion, the company confirmed, as reported by PV Magazine.

Enphase Asia-Pacific managing director Nathan Dunn said New Zealand has become an important market for the Enphase Home Energy Solution.

“As a country with a significant proportion of renewable energy in its grid, relatively low solar uptake and a tremendous desire for energy independence, we’ve observed a keen interest from New Zealanders in the upcoming launch of our home energy solution,” he said.