With over 77,000 attendees from 156 countries and 2,280 exhibitors this year, Intersolar Europe (June 8-10 in Munich, Germany) is the world’s largest gathering of the international solar industry. Having just opened our European offices last March, Enphase was on hand to display our next generation microinverters and take part with all of the other leading solar companies showcasing their latest solar technologies.
If you haven’t ever been, Intersolar Europe is quite a sight to behold. Encompassing all aspects of solar, the exhibition spans 15 halls and an outdoor area that covers roughly 168,000 square feet of space. Whether you’re interested in photovoltaics, solar thermal, the smart grid or solar power electronics, you’ll find numerous exhibits from companies all over the world. Covering all this ground in three days is a bit of a challenge, but thankfully the availability of scooter rentals and electronic walkways certainly helped.
Enphase’s Intersolar booth showcased our European product line and attracted interested customers from a number of countries, including Turkey, Greece, Slovenia, Romania, the United Kingdom, France and Belgium, to name a few. There were even installers from Bulgaria who were already raving about their experiences talking with our Customer Support department as they wait expectantly for Enphase microinverters in their region.
Visitors were shown demonstrations of the full Enphase Microinverter System, many for the very first time. Enphase representatives answered questions about our European rollout and the many certification, distribution and compliance steps involved in deploying to new markets. It was especially rewarding to introduce so many new people to the concept of a microinverter. We loved watching the understanding of its benefits hit them as they got a system overview at our demonstration roof and Enlighten station.
The conference dates also lined up with the timing of our M215 release, so it was an excellent chance to show how far our microinverter solutions have come since we first released M175s in 2008. Though the new products are currently only available from North American distributors, we look forward to bringing them to the European markets in the months to come.
As always, this year’s Intersolar Europe was very informational, but also a lot of fun. We met many great people and want to thank everyone who came by the booth and spoke with us. It is an unparalleled solar exhibition, and Enphase looks forward to participating for many years into the future.