Enphase Calls for Energy Summit to Harness Distributed Energy Resources for a Faster Path to Net Zero

Managing Director of Enphase Energy ANZ & Pacific Wilf Johnston Enphase Energy has called on Australia’s new government to convene a renewable energy summit that can align national resources for a more coordinated effort to achieve net zero carbon.

After Saturday’s federal election elected a new parliament overwhelmingly committed to more aggressive action on climate change, Australia must mobilize all its resources to focus on accelerating the country’s transition to an energy economy. renewable at low cost.

Enphase Energy ANZ & Pacific managing director Wilf Johnston said Australia could reap huge economic benefits by bringing all parties involved in the renewable energy sector together in one room. “Bob Hawke did it successfully with the National Economic Summit in 1983,” he said.

“If our goal is net zero, we’re not going to get there that way. The path we are on will quickly bring us to a crashing halt with network instability and unsuitable equipment unless we change it.

Renewable energy is key to unlocking Australia’s economic future. We all want to be part of the solution, but the problem is that the standards and rules have evolved incrementally over 20 years rather than being designed to create a future power system that minimizes carbon emissions by harmonizing distributed energy resources (DER ).

“Labour went to the election with a 2030 target to cut national greenhouse gas emissions by 43%, based on 2005 levels, while Teal MPs are calling for a higher target of 60%. After a decade of lost opportunities due to division, now is the time to work together. That’s why we need an energy summit, to get everyone on the same page, just like Hawke did in 1983.”

Enphase Energy, a global energy technology company, is the world’s leading supplier of microinverters for solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems. Mr. Johnston also sits on the Smart Energy Council’s DER Task Force, which is planning a more effective regulatory regime for DER.

Mr Johnston said an energy summit could include energy producers, emitters and retailers, equipment suppliers, industry regulators and energy ministers from state governments and the federal government. “We need things to work better together across the industry, from the equipment we use to the regulators who oversee it,” he said.

“To enable the future DER revolution to happen, we need connectivity and communications for all renewable energy systems – which will require equipment to meet minimum standards – so that energy companies can match the energy supply entering the system on demand Visibility and connectivity of DER systems is absolutely necessary.

“We also need a single regulatory structure from the state to the federal government so that the industry deals with an integrated regulatory framework for the entire country. This will shore up regulators, pave the way for stricter national solar security requirements and create an integrated, manageable and responsive grid capable of delivering renewable energy across Australia.

“Right now current regulations are based on a centralized energy timescale, but we don’t have that duration with DERs like rooftop solar. Australia is adding three gigawatts of solar power generation capacity a year, or a huge powerhouse every year!—which our regulatory system is not designed to take full advantage of.

“Australia has six or seven different bodies responsible for regulating RED while others are involved in enforcing their compliance. It’s a full-time job to keep track of who does what, and even when you talk to them about what they do, they often don’t agree on specific areas of responsibility.

Unless we resolve this regulatory confusion, issues will include restricted sizes of solar PV systems, grid capacity issues, and quality of bottom-of-the-barrel system components because they will be misspecified. You can already see the result of rudimentary safety standards for equipment and installation in the number of solar-related fires.

“Australia has so many advocates for renewable energy, but we need the national coordination of an energy summit to get them to work together.”

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About Enphase Energy Inc.

Enphase Energy, a global energy technology company based in Fremont, California, is the world’s leading provider of microinverter-based solar and battery systems that enable people to harness the sun to produce, use, save and sell. their own energy and control it. all with a smart mobile app. The company revolutionized the solar industry with its microinverter-based technology and built all-in-one solar, battery and software solutions. Enphase has shipped over 45 million microinverters and over 2.0 million Enphase-based systems have been deployed in over 135 countries. For more information, visit www.enphase.com/au and follow the company on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

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