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Innovators Awards: Manufacturing winner, EnaSolar

WINNER - Manufacturing

Who: EnaSolar Ltd

What: Solar inverters for the global market

Why you should care: A lightweight, more efficient and energy-friendly product complete with analytics – this is innovation at its best.

Since entering the market in 2009, EnaSolar has expanded its range of products – top quality, high-efficiency renewable energy solutions. Solar inverters aren’t new, but EnaSolar saw a gap in the market for a product that was lightweight and more efficient in its design, requiring fewer callouts and with easier options for upgrading. All its inverters come with built in wifi, as well as a PC statistics package so users can track and view data.

EnaSolar has been steadily building its business, initially concentrating on New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands, before making tracks into the UK in 2010. It has just been issued with certification to sell into France as well.

The company has sold about 2000 inverters to date, resulting in revenue in the low millions – the growth has allowed EnaSolar to double its staff, and a permanent office in the UK to make the most of the growth potential in the UK and Europe is on the cards.

EnaSolar designs, develops and manufactures all its solar inverters in Christchurch, and like many businesses there, had its engineering and administration building destroyed as well as suffering damage to its manufacturing plant.

"This only made us stronger and more determined and with continuous orders have moved into new premises and employed more staff."