Enphase Energy, Inc. today announced that it has made a USD$4.4 million investment to expand its global research and development (R&D) facility in Christchurch, New Zealand.
This new facility will allow Enphase to conduct global compliance testing and verification capabilities for its microinverters and expand on the future development of the Enphase AC Battery™. The facility also has the capacity to allow for future expansion as the company assembles its second largest engineering workforce in the world outside of its lead engineering team in Petaluma, California.
"Over the years, our engineering team in Christchurch has strategically contributed toward the design, development and testing of Enphase microinverters sold in Asia-Pacific and Europe," said Greg Steele, vice president of engineering at Enphase. "By making a further investment in New Zealand, Enphase is now poised for future growth as we continue to build a world-class engineering team that will work in tandem with the team in California to develop future generations of the Enphase Home Energy Solution."
"New Zealand is an important market for the Enphase Home Energy Solution. As a country with a significant proportion of renewable energy in its grid electricity, relatively low solar uptake and a tremendous desire for energy independence, we've observed a keen interest from New Zealanders in the upcoming launch of our home energy solution," said Nathan Dunn, managing director for Enphase Energy Asia-Pacific.