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The fifth edition of the annual Belgian PV show, InterSOLUTION, held in Ghent from January 23-25, 2013, opened its doors the first morning with thick snow outside and freezing temperatures. This did not deter visitors from making their way into the exposition hall and stopping by the Enphase booth. At the booth, Enphase staff demonstrated new product offerings, such as the ArrayGun, a new mobile scanning device integrated with Enlighten software.

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Claude Gravel was thinking about the future, for his farm and for his family. He had been talking with his neighbors, as several of the local farmers were debating the idea of solar energy. Claude had several buildings on his property including one older chicken barn which faced almost due south, ideal for solar energy systems.

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A common question asked of Enphase installers is, “Why are you installing a 260 watt solar module on a 215 watt microinverter?” But, there is no "common answer" to this question.

Though the practice of “over-sizing” solar pannels relative to the inverter has existed for decades, it remains one of the trickiest topics to explain. And, even among solar professionals, conversations about over-sizing become more like religious debates than scientific discussions (trust me, I’ve been there).

The reason for all the confusion: there is no right answer.

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Ferm'andises, a sustainable locally-sourced produce market, installed solar using the Enphase Microinverter System to reduce their energy bills and meet the sustainable development requirements of their urban community, Bourg-en-Bresse (BBA), France.

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Since 2010, Enphase has proudly partnered with GRID Alternatives to bring solar power to working families. Today, all of us at Enphase are celebrating a milestone with GRID. With the install happening today right here in Enphase's home town of Petaluma, the total of Enphase employee volunteer hours spent installing solar on low-income houses in the Bay Area tops 1,500.

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Enphase co-founder Raghu Belur had a fireside chat yesterday at the AlwaysOn GoingGreen Silicon Valley 2012 conference with Anand Kamannavar of Applied Ventures. Raghu talked about growing a cleantech startup into a global company to a room of almost 500 entrepreneurs, VCs, and fortune 500 companies.

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According to recent data from California Solar Statistics, the official public reporting site of the California Solar Initiative (CSI), Enphase has claimed the title of number one inverter brand in the state of California. The 2012 California Residential Equipment Sales Report for the week of 10/25-10/31 shows that Enphase has climbed the ranks to capture over 30 percent market share and the number one inverter brand spot in California. 

California Residential Equipment Sales Report

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On November 7th, Greentech Media hosted a webinar led by Enphase titled "The True Value of Microinverters for Commercial Solar PV." Nearly 400 attended to hear from Enphase Director of Field Applications Engineering Teff Reed and Product Marketing Manager Brian Overland, along with Marc Lopata, the president and principal engineer of Enphase customer, Microgrid Solar.

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Denise Calloway of Clay Island Farm, a successful poultry farm located in Mardela Springs, MD, recently installed a 150kW ground mount Enphase Commercial system. The system produces enough electricity to cover the needs of the farm’s four poultry houses and Calloway’s own home.

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