Solar Power International 2018 Preview: Page 3 of 4

Vendor and Equipment Highlights

ENPHASE ENERGY • Multiple booths

Enphase Energy / 877.797.4743 /

Headquartered in Petaluma, California, Enphase Energy provides software-driven home energy solutions for PV generation, energy storage, and web-based monitoring and control. Way back at SPI 2008, Enphase generated big buzz with the introduction of its first-generation microinverter platform. Since then the company has weathered the ups and downs of life on the solar coaster. Quickly garnering residential market leadership, Enphase completed an IPO in 2012 to become a publicly traded company on NASDAQ. At the time, the company accounted for more than 50% of the US residential market and 72% of the global microinverter market. Peaking in value in late 2014, the stock price fell throughout 2015 and remained low for the better part of 2 years, pressured by falling prices, international competition and eroding market share. Rumors of the company’s demise swirled, as many people wondered publicly and privately whether NASDAQ would delist it. In spite of the noise, Enphase continued to improve its microinverter line, develop new products and expand to new markets. Today, guided by a new CEO, the company is in the midst of a remarkable business turnaround. Since late 2017, its stock price has trended up, along with investor confidence. In early 2018, it released its seventh-generation microinverter. In August, the company completed the acquisition of SunPower’s microinverter business, eliminating one of its competitors while gaining a potential long-term customer. Enphase will not have its own booth at SPI. However, distribution and module partners, such as AEE Solar (Booth 3420) and LG Electronics (Booth 2638), will undoubtedly showcase Enphase’s latest products and innovations.


Esdec / 800.374.5551 /

Netherlands-based Esdec is one of the leading rooftop PV mounting companies in Europe, with more than 1.5 GW of systems deployed. Esdec is entering the US market with FlatFix, which features an innovative clickable design architecture for commercial flat roofs of different sizes and membrane materials, as well as a 20-year warranty and full UL certification. A company founded by installers, Esdec designed FlatFix for installers. The mounting system enables rapid assembly, providing commercial installers up to a 40% reduction in installation time compared to other systems on the market. Installers can push-fit the racking components into a locked position without the use of any tools. The rails click together easily and quickly to form an interconnected solid structure. Module installation requires only one tool and a minimum of parts, while optimizers attach easily via snap-on clips. Using self-leveling baseplates, FlatFix is available with both ballast and minimally attached hybrid options and can be deployed in either a traditional south-facing direction or a dual-tilt orientation. FlatFix Fusion’s materials and design compensate for thermal effects, reducing potential heat-induced degradation of the PV modules and protecting the integrity of the roof.

LONGI SOLAR • Booth 528

LONGi Solar /

Established in 2000 and headquartered in China, LONGi Solar has experienced rapid growth in recent years and shows no signs of slowing down. The company expanded from 2 GW of monocrystalline silicon (mc-Si) wafer capacity at the end of 2014 to 15 GW at the close of 2017 and could reach 28 GW by December 2018. The company’s dizzying goal is to reach 45 GW wafer capacity by 2020. With a strong focus on research and development, LONGi Solar is pushing the limits not only in terms of growth, but also, more importantly, in terms of cell efficiency and module performance. The company’s warranty terms are among the best in the industry, with a 10-year equipment warranty and a 30-year, 84.95% output-power warranty, which assumes less than 2% linear power degradation in year 1 and a linear power degradation rate of -0.45% in subsequent years. LONGi Solar holds several performance records, including the world’s highest mono PERC module efficiency (20.41%). Its technology road map includes bifacial PERC modules, as well as more efficient bifacial mono PERC modules with half-cut cells.

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