Solar Inverters

Understanding Solar Inverters

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Solar Inverters are one of the most important parts of the solar system. It converts the direct current electricity your solar panel generates into alternating current electricity that your home can use. There are three major options to consider:

  • String inverters
  • Micro inverters
  • Hybrid Solar inverters

String Inverters

With a string inverter groups of solar panels are connected by strings to a central inverter because they are in a string you can only produce as much electricity as the least productive panel in your solar can create problems if there is a shading or if some panels are facing different directions. However, string inverters are the most cost-effective option available if you have a sunny roof and a simple installation, then string inverter is the right one for you.

Micro Inverters

Micro inverters are small inverters located at each individual solar panel, because each solar panel has its own inverter. You can monitor the performance of each panel separately. There are also better for more complicated installations and those with shading with micro inverters even if one panel isn’t producing electricity, the others will continue performing efficiently.

 Power Optimizers

Power optimizer systems are hybrid between string inverters and micro inverters. This technology optimizers located at each solar panel condition the electricity before sending it down a string to a central inverter. This conditioning process improves the overall efficiency of the system. By optimizing the voltage of the electricity, making it easier to convert from DC to AC power. Optimizers offer similar monitoring and production to micro inverters and work well for the same types of installations like with micro inverters. If one solar panel with a power optimizer is underperforming because of shade or other factors, the rest of the solar panels will continue performing efficiently.

Hybrid Solar Inverter

Hybrid solar inverter is combining the capabilities of both grid tie and off-grid inverters into one, a hybrid solar inverter system can be used in both high-power cut areas and areas where rare or less power cut. Under normal operating conditions, it can power the house, charge the battery, and feed extra power back into the grid.In case of  a power outage, the unit will automatically switch to battery power and continue to operate independently of the power grid.

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