Enphase microinverter. A microinverter is a miniature inverter fitted to the back of, under or alongside each solar panel that takes the place of a single large inverter used with a string of panels.

Although Enphase doesn’t manufacture solar panels, the company has joined other companies like SunPower to seek for an exemption from tariffs imposed by Trump.

Trump imposed tariffs of 30 percent on imported solar cells and modules in what is being described as a move to protect U.S. industry while signaling a more aggressive stance towards China.

Enphase is based in California, where it manufactures components called microinverters that convert energy produced by photovoltaic panels from direct current to alternating current.

The company then ships these microinverters to other manufacturers in Asia to attach them unto solar panels. These panels are then sold or imported back to the U.S.

This is why Enphase’s microinverters and manufacturing process is subject to duties and falls under Trump’s Tariffs.

Interestingly enough, First Solar, a U.S. solar panel manufacturer, is exempt as the company’s thin-film technology uses a different material than those used by companies in Asia.

This story is developing.

Derick Lila
Derick is a Clark University graduate—and Fulbright alumni with a Master's Degree in Environmental Science, and Policy. He has over a decade of solar industry research, marketing, and content strategy experience.

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