SPI 2011: The Installer Showdown


Solar Power International 2011 is off to an incredible start, and the Enphase booth has been bustling with activity. One of the top attractions so far has been the installation competition we’ve been hosting every hour on a demo array.

The challenge is to install a system of four mock solar panels with Enphase M215 microinverters and Engage cable faster than an opponent working directly across from you. We’re tracking both the head-to-head winners as well as the overall leader, and the fastest time at the end of the conference will receive an iPad 2, compliments of Enphase.

So far the fastest times have come in under the 3-minute mark, but we’ve compressed a competition down to just over a minute so you can see the installers in action. The two installers here are  (on the left) Mark Santos, Director of Business Development at Premier Power in El Dorado Hills, CA, and (on the right) Jim Jenal, CEO of Run on Sun in Pasadena, CA.

The competition will continue for the rest of the SPI exhibition and runs hourly from 10:00am to 5:00pm. If you think you have what it takes to set the record, come sign up and give it a try.

Jim Jenal also blogged about doing the install competition; check out his post here.


The 3-day installation competition came to a close with the winner being Adam Rossi of Adam Solar Resources. Adam secured victory with a mind blowing time of 1:34!

The final showdown was a blazing quick race between Adam and 16-year-old installer Dusty from Hawaii, who came in second with a narrow loss at 1:36. Congratulations to you both! They each went home with iPad 2s along with some pretty great bragging rights.

We want to thank all of the installers who came by and participated in the competition. And while it was fun to show off how fast and easy the Enphase Microinverter System is to install, our installers all emphasize the importance of patience and following through on the details to produce high-quality installs.

8 Responses to “SPI 2011: The Installer Showdown”

  1. Jim Jenal /

    Nice post, Christine – really enjoyed the opportunity to demonstrate your product in front of the SPI audience. Keep up the good work!

  2. Neveil /

    How about letting me walk up with 4 Westinghouse panels to show how fast that is with Enphase pre- attached and wired.

    We only use Enphase by the Way….


  3. Bob Greene /

    The folks at Enphase are fun to work with and It was great getting to know all of the installers that came to SPI-2011 to help with the competition.

  4. Bruce "The Photon Wrangler" Bosworth /

    I had a blast talked tons of great people. Thank you installers and Enphase Energy for putting on the best booth at the show. I’m not surprised, everything Enphase touches turns to gold.
    1 Million micro-inverters cant be wrong.

  5. Jim Psaila "Dusty's Dad" /

    Dusty was originally inspired to enter the Enphase competition by Bob Greene (Harrison Ford look-alike) and Jim Jenal, the original rivals of the competition. Bob’s fantastic time the second day seemed unbeatable until Adam Rossi entered the competition. Soon Adam and Dusty stole the limelight and became friendly rivals even sharing tips with each other on how to shave time.

    It is amazing how fast you can install Enphase systems! Although the competition was not quite a realistic scenario it was a great demonstration of installation efficiencies with Enphase.

    The crew at the booth were great providing inspiration and education throughout all three days. Thanks especially to Ross, Nick and Steve. Enphase is a class act.

    Thanks to all at Enphase for a memorable SPI 2011. Go Enphase!

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  7. Sid Patel /

    This was my first time attending SPI, and I was highly impressed with display of various solar products, and one of the high light was at Enphase where talented installers installed Enphase and panels all in a shortest possible time.Awesome…I can’t wait for next SPI show 2012 in Orlando.

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