“Floridians face some of the wildest weather out there, and Enphase micros, batteries, and the Envoy energy management platform have allowed us to bring our customers the most reliable solar out there,” said William May, CEO of May Electric Solar. “Just like with having rapid shutdown long before it was legally-mandated, Enphase is always ahead of the curve with new features and technology. This is certainly the case with the upcoming grid-independent technology from Enphase, which will allow homeowners to use solar energy even when grid power goes out."
We have been installing Enphase for 7 of the 9 years we have been contracting solar energy systems. We chose to offer Enphase because of their reliability and safety to the consumer.
As a master electrician owner and operated company with a vast background of installing emergency backup systems for waste water plants and pump stations, safety and reliability are not negotiable. In wastewater treatment projects we install a master generator as back up, then each electrical controller has a generator connection for portable generator back up with integrated battery backup for emergency signaling and power controls.
We have installed these systems on MacDill AF base, Florida prisons, police departments, SwiftMud (SouthWest Florida Water Management District) and nearly every city and county wastewater management entity in the Tampa bay area and a few in South Carolina. Failure is not an option! The results are EPA fines, environmental issues and possibly health risks, depending on the level of failure.
On January 01, 2018, Florida adopted the 2014 NEC code requiring rapid shut-down, we can proudly say our systems fully comply. If utility companies or insurance companies require this upgrade on existing systems one day to meet codes, our customers will be compliant. I see this as a concern, because we have seen electrical equipment forced to be upgraded to meet safety codes over our 12 years in business. These requirements are enforced on fused panels, clamp lug meter cans, aluminum bus bar electrical panels, and aluminum wired homes. These items are required to be made code compliant before a house will be insured, purchased or a new utility meter account will be installed. These listed items met code when installed by May. Over the last 10 years solar has been growing at a rate that safety codes have not been properly assessed. With the length of our warranty, this is a high concern for us at May Electric. A lot can change in 10 to 20 years, and we feel confident our customers will be safe with Enphase's cutting edge, smart and safe solar solutions.
We have installed every major solar inverter system available. Nothing compares to the safety level of using Enphase micro-inverters. With module-level conversion that naturally eliminates high voltage DC keeping voltage well below IEC voltages ranges categorized as " Extra low voltage" & "low risk". Also the AC side 240/120 as "low voltage" ANSI C84.1-1989
Not only does this help May Electric Solar offer a longer warranty coverage to our customers (A full 10 Years & 20 years on labor for panels and Enphase micro inverters.), it is also much safer for our installers and lessens the risk of fire to our customers home in the event of an arc flash.
Module level communication, monitoring and software management is unmatched in our experiences. Enphase’s Customer service is unmatched as well.
With our pre-established expectations for quality, safety and reliability, Enphase is the only Inverter manufacturer that makes sense for May Electric and our customers.
In Florida, our customers strongly desire a reliable and efficient back up option for power outages. Hurricanes, tropical storms, or even just bad thunder storms can leave you sitting in the dark. Hurricane outages result in food spoiling & costly clean up. We have experimented with multiple battery options available. Unfortunately, nothing we have installed meets our standards enough to offer them to our customers. So currently, we primarily install generator options.
However, I can say we are very excited to offer Enphase Ensemble to our customers and install it at our main warehouse, in Hudson, FL!
May Elecric Solar Array
10 of 38 panel solar array in Spring Hill Florida
Panel type: LG 300wh
Microinverter type: IQ6
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