Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENPH) today announced that Energy
France Installation (EFI), a solar installer based in the Rhone-Alps
Region that specializes in photovoltaic installations for residential
and small commercial projects, has won a project with AST
Groupe to install 1,500 PV systems, each equipped with the Enphase®
System, on newly constructed single-family homes. The two-year project
will include more than 500 array installations in 2014, and about 1,000
in 2015, totaling more than 1,500 PV systems with expected installed
power of 750 kWp.
The new homes will comply with the current French thermal regulation
(RT2012), which imposes a maximum limit on the primary energy
consumption to new buildings for heating, ventilation, air conditioning,
hot water production and lighting. The maximum value set by RT2012 is 50
kWhEP / m² / year, on average.
"When looking for smart solutions to meet the current French thermal
regulation for new buildings, we determined solar PV to be the best
option for this project," said Sylvain Tur, deputy managing director at
AST Groupe. "The advanced solar technology from Enphase not only gives
our customers the ability to save on energy bills, it also paves the way
for the upcoming RT2020 thermal regulation where energy production from
renewables becomes a systematic requirement of any new building."
AST Groupe is an industry leader specializing in building residential
communities, multifamily projects and custom homes. The company, which
is among the top actors in the French single-family house segment, has
constructed tens of thousands of homes in the country since its
establishmet in 1993, and more than 2,000 in 2013.
"We are very proud for the tremendous value of this partnership, which
is accelerating smarter solar adoption among French homeowners," states
Olivier Jacques, managing director of EMEA, Enphase Energy. "Enphase
offers AST an advanced PV solution that generates financial and
environmental benefits to their customers. Moreover, as it comes
included as a standard feature with the purchase of the house, it can
conceivably improve the real-estate resale potential."
The recent collaboration between AST and EFI has already brought the
Enphase networked solar PV to more than 100 new single-family homes. The
Enphase Technology supplies standard three or four-bedroom houses with
right-sized, intelligent solar arrays. With an average of two PV modules
per home, each dwelling can consume the energy it produces for its own
needs and save up to 30 percent of energy costs.
"We have years of experience in solar PV with hundreds of installations
in the field," said Tarik Ninach, president of EFI. "When competing for
a large installation project quality, flexibility, ease of installation,
operations and maintenance are essential parameters to be considered.
The Enphase Microinverter System stood out and represented the only
viable solution to win the business. EFI and Enphase together are very
well-positioned to address self-consumption PV market dynamics."
About AST Groupe
In 20 years AST Groupe, specialized in single-family homes, has
positioned itself as one of the major players in the French market, fast
becoming the third house-builder in France. Growing from a family
business to a multi-regional group, owning 9 trademarks and partnering
with several local authorities, its priority has remained the same:
to carry out the best long-term investment and project for its customers
by combining Quality, Safety and Services. Pursuing a strategy based on
innovation, differentiation, and expertise by acquisitions, the Company
is deeply engaged in a policy of sustainable growth and development,
which is the first pillar of the Sustainable Development Strategy of the
Group.More info on: http://www.ast-groupe.fr/index.php
About ENERGY FRANCE INSTALLATION
Since 2010 Energy France Installation (EFI) has specialized in
consultancy and installation of photovoltaic solutions. Historically
subcontractor for the installation, now EFI covers all the aspects of
energy production. Thanks to the partnership with one of the major
players in the French energy market, EFI has acquired the necessary
experience and knowledge to support its first residential and business
customers in 2012. Today EFI is only focusing on some niches in the
construction market.For more info: http://www.efi-france.fr/
About Enphase Energy, Inc.
Enphase Energy delivers microinverter technology for the solar industry
that increases energy production, simplifies design and installation,
improves system uptime and reliability, reduces fire safety risk and
provides a platform for intelligent energy management. Our
semiconductor-based microinverter system converts energy at the
individual solar module level and brings a systems-based, high
technology approach to solar energy generation. Connect with Enphase on Facebook
and follow us on Twitter.www.enphase.com
Enphase Energy®, the Enphase logo and other trademarks or service names
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