So the threat of your solar system going down is real. It’s been this way for as long as solar has been around. Most of the time, it’s an inconvenience just like every other building without a backup battery or generator experiences.
But sometimes it’s more than inconvenient. As recent natural disasters in Puerto Rico and Houston have shown us, losing power isn’t always simply an inconvenience — it can be a matter of life and death. As the public watched Puerto Rico suffer through long blackouts that lasted weeks or even months, people everywhere began to realize that traditional grid-tied solar systems were just as dark as everything else.
At Enphase, we see the catastrophic results of blackouts after storms or other events, and we just can’t settle for the same old story.
That’s why our new solar technology — Ensemble — is being developed to be 100% grid agnostic. That means when the grid is up, it can communicate and function just like a grid-tied system, and enjoy the benefits that comes with having the grid’s support. It also means that if the grid goes down, your Ensemble-empowered system goes fully independent — it, essentially, becomes a solar island. It doesn’t need the grid to operate, and at the same time, ensures the system produces the power you need while maintaining safety and security for your building and the utility lines connected to it.