Enphase Energy, a global energy technology company, has selected AT&T to provide Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity to cellular modems that are part of the Envoy-S with Mobile Connect, a gateway to energy management.
The Enphase system combines solar energy, energy storage and load control to create an integrated, efficient and scalable platform that saves system users money, helps installers grow their business and enables a more stable utility grid.
Envoy-S provides features that enable system owners to manage their energy use more efficiently including: energy usage insight, consumption monitoring, revenue grade metering, remote update capabilities and load management.
Enphase also offers Mobile Connect, a cellular modem with service provided by AT&T that offers independent Internet connectivity. In addition, Envoy-S offers integrated Wi-Fi and flexible networking options that includes AT&T connectivity.
With this next generation solution, solar installers can ensure Internet connectivity is consistent and reliable independent of the Internet setup in the home. Installers can also use the Enphase Installer Tool Kit mobile app for use with smart phones and tablets to quickly and easily configure an Enphase system, commission Envoy-S and confirm a solar installation.
IoT is one of the fastest-growing technology trends, where all types of devices and machines are connected and "talk" to one another. As the end of the second quarter 2015, AT&T had more than 23 million connected devices on its network.
Enphase Energy has shipped more than 9 million microinverters (which convert the output from solar panels into electricity), and over 340,000 residential and commercial Enphase solar systems have been deployed around the world.
The Enphase Envoy-S with Mobile Connect will be available in Q4 2015 in North America.