Choosing the right Inverter for your Solar System
When buying solar panels in Perth, one of the key components to consider is the type of inverter technology that will be used in your system. Inverters are responsible for converting the direct current (DC) produced by solar panels into usable alternating current (AC) electricity for your home. There are three main types of inverter technologies: string inverters, DC optimized inverters, and microinverters.
- String Inverters: These are the most common and traditional type of inverters. They connect all the solar panels in your system in a series, forming a “string.” However, if one panel underperforms due to shading or other factors, it can affect the performance of the entire string. They’re generally cost-effective but may suffer from efficiency losses due to panel mismatch.
- DC Optimized Inverters: These inverters, such as SolarEdge, combine the benefits of string inverters with some level of panel-level optimization. Each panel is equipped with a power optimizer that allows individual panel performance tracking and optimization. This reduces the impact of shading or panel mismatch, resulting in increased overall system efficiency.
- Microinverters: Microinverters are installed on each individual solar panel, converting DC to AC right at the panel. This technology provides the highest level of panel-level optimization and can significantly improve system efficiency, especially in scenarios where shading is prevalent. However, they tend to be more expensive than other options.
Why SolarEdge might be the best option for most Homeowners.
- Optimization: SolarEdge’s power optimizers ensure that each panel operates at its maximum potential, even if other panels are shaded or experiencing issues.
- Panel-Level Monitoring: SolarEdge provides real-time monitoring of each panel’s performance. This allows you to identify and address any issues promptly, ensuring your system operates at peak efficiency.
- Safety: SolarEdge’s technology includes features that enhance system safety, such as rapid shutdown functionality that can be crucial during emergencies or maintenance.
- Scalability: SolarEdge systems can be easily expanded, making them suitable for homeowners who plan to increase their solar capacity in the future
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Of course, each situation is different, and you should consult an expert before making your final decision.
Solaire Connect will often recommend one of the higher quality set ups. This is because we are planning to stick around to take care of your system way after the Installation and the cheaper systems are more likely to cause issues down the track.
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