Chinese solar PV module manufacturer, Phono Solar, has announced the signing of a strategic partnership with American microinverter manufacturer, Enphase Energy. The partnership will see the two companies combine to develop a new range of modules – the AC series.

The new AC series of solar panels are modules that will be capable of producing utility-ready AC power that can either be consumed directly on-site or fed back into the National Grid due to the addition of an integrated microinverter. Phono Solar believes that its new AC series will help boost energy production, simplify installations, improve reliability and reduce fire risks.

The agreement will see Phono Solar and Enphase Energy bring the new range of modules to the UK. The company expects to ship around 40MW of its AC series modules in the UK and the USA over the next two years.  

Paul Nahi, CEO of Enphase Energy, said: “We are proud that Phono Solar has selected the Enphase Microinverter System as a key component to the development of AC Solutions that can help solar installers save time and lower overall balance of system costs. It is exciting to work with Phono Solar as solar continues to increase worldwide.”

Mariana Hall, Vice-President of Phono Solar, added: “Rooftop engineering is emerging to be the future of the photovoltaic industry. Phono Solar continues to develop new products and solutions in this area, such as our new AC Series modules and built-in PV (BIPV) applications. This strategic agreement with Enphase Energy is an example of Phono Solar’s commitment to innovation and dedication to strong industry partnerships.”

Eric Yuan, Phono Solar Marketing Manager, said: “Phono Solar is committed to furthering the renewable energy cause through the PV industry, increasing market share overseas, and developing itself as a global brand. Recently, Phono Solar re-established the core values of the company: stability, reliability and creativity. The company’s focus on creativity is seen in continuous innovation in the areas of operations, management and product development.”