SunPower Maxeon 5 AC Module

SunPower Maxeon 5 AC Modules​

Maximise your savings, and minimise your headaches.

SunPower Maxeon 5 combines powerful energy production, with the highest durability you can buy1Jordan, et. al. Robust PV Degradation Methodology and Application, PVSC 2018. backed by an industry-leading warranty2Based on Oct. 2019 review of warranties on manufacturer websites for top 20 manufacturers per IHS 2019.​.

When combined with Enphase microinverters it is, quite simply, the most advanced solar technology for your roof.

Better technology. Better together.

Make the most of every moment

With home solar that makes the most of every moment of sunlight*SunPower Maxeon 5 AC panels are currently available only in select countries. For more information contact us or call our toll-free number: 00 800 855 81111

SunPower Maxeon Solar Panels

​Home solar’s most advanced technology​

 

  • #1 in solar panel efficiency1Based on search of datasheet values from websites of top 20 manufacturers per IHS, as of January 2019
  • Unmatched reliability2Jordan, et. al. Robust PV Degradation Methodology and Application, PVSC 2018.​
  • 40-year expected useful life3Performance panels expected useful life of 35 years. Source: “SunPower P-Series Technology Technical Review,” Leidos Independent Engineer Report. 2016. SunPower Maxeon panels expected useful life of 40 years. Source: “SunPower Module 40-Year Useful Life,” Useful life is 99 out of 100 panels operating at more than 70% of rated power ​


 

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Powerful Maxeon 5 AC Modules

The SunPower Maxeon 5 AC Module

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Powerfully Reliable

String Inverter System

In a conventional setup, one inverter controls the output of a whole solar array, a design with a single point of failure.
 

SunPower Maxeon 5 AC Module 0 Percent System Power String Inverter Crop

0% system power if 1 string inverter fails

Maxeon 5 AC Module

The Maxeon 5 AC Module distributes this risk across every panel through a far more reliable technology: Enphase microinverters, and it's all backed by a 25-year warranty.

SunPower Maxeon 5 AC Module 80 Percent System Power Microinverter Crop

80% system power if 1 microinverter fails

Solar that Works Harder. And Smarter.

Each Maxeon 5 AC module functions independently, making your whole system more reliable, and your rooftop more productive. With conventional technology, the system performs only as well as its weakest panel. This can dramatically reduce output due to shade or other real-world challenges, even small debris like leaves.

String Inverter System

SunPower Maxeon 5 AC Module 50 Percent System Power Crop

50% System Power

(performs at level of weakest panel)

Maxeon 5 AC Module

SunPower Maxeon 5 AC Module 84 Percent System Power Crop

84% System Power

(max energy harvest)

Room to Grow​

Powerful panels mean you’ll need fewer on your roof. Just fifteen Maxeon 5 AC panels deliver the power of nineteen conventional panels.*Fifteen SunPower Maxeon 5 415 W, 22.2% efficient, compared to nineteen Conventional Panels (330 W mono PERC, 19% efficient, approx. 1.64 m²). Both resulting system sizes are 6.2kW DC. This gives you a compact design and the flexibility to expand your system as your energy needs evolve, accommodating EV charging, AC storage, the electrification of home appliances and more.

SunPower Maxeon 5 AC Module

6.2 kW Conventional Panel ​
+ String Inverter System ​

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6.2 kW Maxeon 5 AC​
Module System​

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Always in Sync

Home solar’s most advanced solar technology - on your roof, and in the palm of your hand.

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Panel-level monitoring1Energy consumption data, financial savings data, and module level performance data may not be available to some customers.

Have confidence in your system performance through individual data on each panel.

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Real-time views2Data provided on average, on 5-minute intervals.

See your energy and environmental data on any connected device, and share your results on social media.
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Automatic software updates

Remain current on all utility rate updates and system improvements, hassle free.

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The Enphase Enlighten™ App

Download the app now available on the App Store or on Google Play.

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The Best of Both Worlds

Invest with confidence, knowing that the quality is proven for both SunPower Maxeon panels and Enphase microinverters. Each is uniquely designed for climate extremes, tested beyond industry standards, and proven by actual field results. Each is also backed by a category-leading warranty1SunPower Maxeon claim based on datasheet review of websites of top 20 manufacturers per IHS, as of May, 2019. Enphase claim based on internal competitive review, 2020. from the manufacturer.2DC solar panel covered by SunPower Complete Confidence Warranty (25-year limited power and limited product warranty). Microinverter covered by 25-year limited product warranty by Enphase.) AC modules shall be connected to Enphase Monitoring hardware (ENVOY) to enable Enphase product warranty.

SunPower Complete Confidence Warranty

  • Leading durability3Jordan, et. al. Robust PV Degradation Methodology and Application, PVSC 2018.
  • lowest degradation rate in the industry at 0.25%4As of 2018, Jordan, et al, “Robust PV Degradation Methodology Application” PVSC 2018 and “Compendium of Photovoltaic Degradation Rates” PiP 2016
  • 92% warranted power output in year 25 of operation​
  • 0.005% panel return rate5A Comparative Study: SunPower DC Solar Module Warranty Claim Rate vs. Conventional Panels.” SunPower Corporation. 2019
  • 40-year expected useful life6Performance panels expected useful life of 35 years. Source: “SunPower P-Series Technology Technical Review,” Leidos Independent Engineer Report. 2016. SunPower Maxeon panels expected useful life of 40 years. Source: “SunPower Module 40-Year Useful Life,” Useful life is 99 out of 100 panels operating at more than 70% of rated power.​
  • More than 3.5 billion cells, 35 million panels shipped​
  • 25 years of product, power and service warranty coverage7Service applicable only to PV Module originally installed in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, or the United Kingdom. Scope of warranty coverage varies by country. For more information about the warranty terms and conditions available in your country, visit maxeon.com/legal.
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Enphase 25 Year Guarantee

  • Tested for 1 million hours
  • 0.05% microinverter return rate
  • No moving parts or fans
  • 28 million microinverters shipped
  • Category-leading inverter warranty

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the AC module compliant with RD 244 for zero injection? Can it be used for isolated installations?

No, export limiting functionality is not yet compliant with RD 244/2019.
Most installations with Enphase are residential scale (below 15kW) and are easily accepted without this compliance.

In three-phase installations, can you divide surpluses by phases?

Each microinverter is a single phase device. Three-phase installations are constructed with single phase microinverters distributed across the phases. The export limiting will monitor power consumption at each phase using the CTs connected to the Envoy-S and limit power production on each phase accordingly to limit export to the grid to the defined level, either on a per phase or aggregate basis as required.

How is surplus solar production controlled?

Enphase offers export control by reducing power production at each microinverter to maintain export to a defined power level which can be zero for a zero-export site. It does not offer control of surplus power that cannot be exported to the electricity network.

Can you schedule the surpluses in any way? For example, to different appliances or an electric car charger?

Some customers have achieved some clever customised DIY solutions for re-directing surplus power using our APIs, however, we don't currently offer products that re-direct surplus power.

How has the system performed in high summer temperatures in Spain?

A simulated PV system performance has been evaluated in Madrid with the following results for roofs with limited space available:

  • 30% more power on the roof
  • 42% higher performance
  • Half the degradation
  • Covered by a longer, 25-year warranty

In a space unconstrained situation also in Madrid:

  • 10% higher yield
  • Half the degradation
  • Similar cash flows
  • Lower risk for future maintenance
  • Covered by a longer, 25-year warranty

For assumptions and a personalized simulation, please contact us to be connected to a SunPower installer.

In a three-phase installation of 230V between phases, can these modules and microinverters be installed without additional transformers? What accessories need to be included in the installation?

Yes, AC modules can be installed on Delta grid arrangement with 230V between phases. No additional transformer equipment is required for typical LV connections.
Alongside the microinverters that are supplied as part of the PV module, installers will need to purchase Q cable, cable accessories and an Envoy-S.
Contact your Sales Manager to access additional installer tools to learn more about site design and balance of system requirements.

In addition to the AC module, what additional components are needed to complete the installation?

In addition to the AC module, installers will need to purchase Q cable, cable accessories, and an Envoy-S.
Contact your Sales Manager to access additional installer tools to learn more about site design and balance of system requirements.

How can is a system fault detected?

All AC module installations must be internet connected for the monitoring to receive the 25-year microinverter warranty. This internet connection reports data to the Enphase monitoring platform, Enlighten on a per microinverter/module basis.

The performance of each microinverter and module is visible to the installer via Enlighten and alerts are provided for any faulty equipment, such as an under-performing PV module or a faulty microinverter.

If an issue is identified, does the installer need to replace the entire panel?

No, the microinverter is detachable from the PV module so each component can be serviced separately.

If a replacement is needed, who will provide the service?

If an issue is detected via the Enlighten monitoring platform, please contact Enphase Customer Support. If the issue is related to the microinverter, Enphase will provide any service required under their warranty coverage. If Enphase determines the issue is related to the panel, the service will be transferred and supported by Maxeon Solar Technologies under the SunPower Complete Confidence warranty.

How is the system managed in three-phase? How are imbalances managed?

The Enphase three-phase Q CableTM allows management of the power on the phases in a balanced and automatic way. Alternatively, using three single-phase cables, care must be taken to balance the phases by installing a similar number of panels on each phase.
The Envoy-S can also provide phase imbalance monitoring to ensure authorized limits are not exceeded. The Envoy is able manage PV power production at the microinverter level to maintain balance within set limits.

How many microinverters can you put on a single and three-phase installation?

In single-phase, 10 microinverters can be connected. In a three-phase installation, up to 30 microinverters can be connected on a single 20A three phase circuit breaker.
Larger systems can be constructed with multiple AC branch circuits.

If one panel fails, does the rest of the system continue to produce energy?

If the microinverter (or the associated PV module) should fail only that PV module is off and the remainder of the system continues to operate as normal – a key benefit of AC modules.

Is this system compatible with storage solutions? What kind of storage?

AC solutions are compatible with AC energy storage solutions. When using Enphase Storage, you can see the energy flows on Enlighten. If you choose another brand, you will need their application to see the energy flows of the battery.

How is using multiple microinverters more reliable than using one string inverter?

With a string inverter there is a single point of failure. If the string inverter fails the entire array is off line. However, with a microinverter each individual PV module has its own dedicated inverter. If the microinverter (or the associated PV module) should fail only that PV module is offline and the remainder of the system continues to operate.

Enphase microinverters have a publicly stated defect rate of 0.05%, which equates to 1 in 2000. Given that the Enphase defect rate is better that most string inverters, this results in a PV installation with higher reliability than with most string inverter solutions and a higher overall system uptime over the life of the array.

Additonally, Enphase microinverters have an estimated useful life of more than 25 years, compared with string inverters that typically last around 10 years. String inverters generally require replacement at least once within the lifetime of the PV array and duration of the PV module warranty.

What is the advantage of the AC modules in comparison to optimizers?

The SunPower Maxeon 5 AC solution offers higher yield, easier and faster installation, and greater flexibility. There are also other advantages such as reliability, shading advantage and low-light power responses.

Is the AC module system certified to this standard?

All grid-connected modules with integrated inverters must comply with all the requirements and tests established in parts 1 and 2 of the UNE-206007 Report. Prior to the connection and/or contracting of self-consumption, and as indicated in section 4 of part 2, this compliance must be certified by a certification body accredited according to UNE-EN 1S0/IEC 17065. Is the AC module system certified to this standard?

Resource Centre

    Product Datasheets

    Product Leaflets

    Maxeon 5 AC Module Residential Leaflet (RES - EN)

    Maxeon 5 AC Module Eigenheime Faltblatt (RES - AT)

    Manuals and Technical Sheets

    Safety and Installation Manual - SunPower PV Modules (AC)

    Safety and Installation Instructions - Maxeon 5 AC Module (RES - AT)

    Warranty Documents & Leaflets

    Document de Garantie des modules solaires SunPower AC (FR)

    Limited Warranty - Maxeon 5 AC Module (RES - AT)