Enphase: Doug you use a lot of AC Modules in your business. What are some of the most compelling reasons you have found?
Two of the more compelling reasons I use AC modules are installation time savings and safety for both my crew and the homeowner.
Enphase: Some installers have told us that they prefer the flexibility of doing the module and the micro separately, what are your thoughts on that objection to adopting ACM?
As a business owner in a competitive industry, I’m always looking for advantages without sacrificing quality; Enphase AC modules accomplish that goal. They eliminate several steps on the roof, saving time, which equals money. Proper training and best installation practices for installers that do not see the advantage would change that attitude.
Enphase: Was there a learning curve for your install crews? What do they think of the ACM now?
My installation crew adapted the AC modules immediately without any training. In fact, one of my installers installs the modules alone as fast as another person can carry a panel up the ladder!
Enphase: Closing thoughts?
We have had conversations with AC module manufacturers about difficulties other installers are experiencing with the AC modules. What we’ve discovered is they were taking the wrong approach to installing them. Once the installers were properly trained, their installation times increased dramatically.
Newport Solar is a family-owned and operated, full-service solar company, designing and installing high-quality systems in Rhode Island for 10+ years. Upon acquiring the NABCEP Entry Level Certificate of Knowledge in 2009 and subsequently full NABCEP certification, Doug Sabetti formed Newport Solar. Doug is a member of SEIA (Solar Energy Industries Association), USGBC (The United States Green Building Council), ASES (The American Solar Energy Society) and NESEA (The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association). In addition to Doug’s off-grid yurt in south-east Utah, Doug also owns a solar-powered grid-connected home in Newport, RI. Doug continues to seek out new technologies and alternative choices for living a more sustainable life for his clients, his employees and his family.