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Solar Micro Inverters

Solar Micro Inverters

A solar micro-inverter, or microinverter or micro inverter, converts direct current (DC) electricity from one or two solar panels to alternating current (AC). The output from several micro-inverters is combined and often fed to the electrical grid. Micro-inverters contrast with conventional string or central inverter devices, which are connected to multiple solar panels.
Micro-inverters have several advantages over conventional central or string inverters. The foremost advantage being small amounts of shading or debris on any one solar panel, or even a complete panel failure, does not disproportionately reduce the output of the entire array. Each micro-inverter harvests optimum power by performing maximum power point tracking for its connected panel.

Microinverters: AC vs DC

Micro Inverter solar systems generate up to 25% more energy than traditional string or central inverters. The Enphase M215 micro inverters we use at 30 North Solar are best in class. The advantage of using AC micro inverters is that they work independently of each other. Traditional DC systems are wired in series - like the lights on a Christmas tree - when one stops working, they all stop working.

Enphase Micro Inverters - 30 North Solar

The Micro Inverters 30 North Solar use are Enphase M215. The Enphase M215 is the world’s most efficient microinverter. Based on Enphase’s third generation technology, the M215 incorporates the latest innovations in power electronics and custom microchips to deliver 96% CEC efficiency and a range of patented performance features that maximize the performance of 60-cell solar modules

Enphase Micro Inverter M215 Metrics

•96% CEC efficiency
•Output power: 215W
•Recommended max input power: 270W
•MPPT Range: 22-36V
•Low-voltage operation capability

Enphase Micro-Inverter Features

•10 year limited warranty (AUS)
•Integrates with Enphase Engage Cable
•Works with 60-cell modules ONLY

Enphase Envoy Communications Gateway for Micro Inverters

The Enphase Envoy Communications Gateway is the networking hub connecting every module and micro-inverter in your solar array to the internet.
The Envoy uses advanced powerline communications technology to connect to each microinverter without additional wiring or wireless configuration. System owners can easily check the status of their solar system using the Envoy’s LCD display, or get more detailed information through the Enlighten website.
For commercial installations, multiple Envoy devices are used in combination with Line Communications Filters (LCF) to separate networking domains across the site.

Envoy Features

•Plug & Play setup
•Communicates over existing electrical wires
•Enables remote troubleshooting of solar array

Enlighten Monitoring Software

The Enlighten monitoring software provides an unprecedented level of intelligence to solar power system owners and installers.
Enlighten is continuously monitoring the health of the array, and delivers detailed performance information to installers, ensuring hassle-free maintenance and maximum uptime


•Comprehensive monitoring
•Multiple viewing modes and mobile device support
•Identifies and diagnoses issues
•Remote troubleshooting and updates

Flexible Views

Performance information can easily be viewed at a glance or represented in graphs, and totaled by day/week/month/lifetime or in time-lapse videos. Enlighten can also be accessed by web-enabled mobile devices.
Automated Reports & Maximum Uptime
Enlighten will automatically send detailed performance summary reports, verifying expectations. Enlighten also enables remote troubleshooting and updates, so issues can be addressed without cost or hassle, ensuring maximum uptime.