When a solar company operates smoothly on site, that’s a credit not only to the crew, but also to the choice of technology. Technology that leaves a light footprint on the job site is easier to handle and less likely to cause headaches during the installation or afterwards.
Enphase Microinverters are handheld units that weigh 3 to 4 pounds apiece. You won’t find solar inverter equipment with a much lighter footprint than that. And because microinverters are a fraction the weight of traditional string inverters, you don’t need a power drill to mount them in place. Most tasks can be completed with simple hand tools, reducing the risk of injury or damage to the customer’s property.
The visual impact is important too. There’s a reason why solar advertisements don’t show conduit runs snaking down from the roof and heavy string inverters bolted to the side of the house. This is not an appealing image for the industry. Nor is it a necessary one. Enphase Microinverters take up no room on the exterior walls because they’re mounted behind the solar modules. And you don’t see long conduit runs because Enphase Systems have no high-voltage DC cabling.
Stuff happens out in the field. The roof is not a controlled environment. Watch out for things that go bump on the site, and see if your inverter system is putting your installers in a position to succeed.