Enphase Energy and Energy France Installation Bring Next Generation Solar to AST Groupe Residential Housing Portfolio
Over 1,500 new single-family homes will be equipped with the Enphase® System
LYON, France--Enphase 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 establishment 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.