Enphase Energy has announced a new commercial solar initiative that will see the microinverter manufacturer collaborate with UK installers to help realise commercial projects.

Alongside an expanded product solution designed especially for commercial projects, the commercial initiative will see Enphase offer dedicated commercial resources, design consultations, on-site field support, customer service and free training resources to those installers planning commercial systems.

“Commercial solar projects are becoming more widespread in Europe. In the UK, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg and Switzerland small commercial systems up to 100kW represent a fast-growing market for our microinverters,” said Olivier Jacques, managing director for Enphase Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

“Enphase offers installers and users a technology solution with a modular architecture, integrated intelligence, lower levelised cost of energy (LCOE) and increased project profitability.”

To date, over 60MW of commercial solar projects have been completed under the commercial solar initiative ranging from schools to sports stadiums. In the UK, Sherwood Plastic Products’ factory in Goole recently had a 19.50kWp array installed by the Phoenix Works under the newly-launched scheme.

Sherwood Plastic Products’ factory provided installers with several problems with the area split over two roof surfaces with variable shading affecting the potential yield. The Phoenix Works’ solution was to partner each of the solar modules with an Enphase microinverter.

Thomas Newby, managing director for the Phoenix Works commented: “The system is making excellent power and the customer has reported an instant reduction in his grid power consumption. Working with Enphase Energy means we are free to design systems which meet client expectations despite shading and without the constraints of string design.”

In order to participate in the initiative installers are required to register upcoming commercial projects in the bid process on Enphase's website in order to receive the microinverter manufacturer’s support.