Solar Power Inverters
Explore the options of solar power inverter technology
Comparing Inverter Technology
No matter which inverter you spring for, they all have the job of converting unusable DC electricity into AC electricity. Understanding the differences between inverters involves taking a look at what they do differently. Let’s examine the three types of inverters to catch a glimpse at what might be good for you.
String Inverters + Power Optimizers - SolarEdge
This variety of inverter is the workhorse of all inverters. It’s what’s most widely used in all homes across America. You’ll find string inverters sitting in the garage and the basements, warehouses, and other storage places throughout the country. It’s the most widely spread form of inverter because it has many pros and few cons. A string inverter gets its name from solar panels being wired in strings that all lead back to a single inverter. It’s a very efficient set up that provides dependable results.
It’s main drawbacks come in the form of complicated roofing areas. Keep in mind that with a string inverter, your electricity production will only be as efficient as the panel producing the least amount of electricity. The DC to AC conversion process happens centrally at the inverter.
SolarEdge technology also uses power optimizers. Power optimizers help optimize panels individually in a similar way that microinverters are used.
Microinverters - Enphase
Microinverters will help you to accomplish advanced solar panel configuration across vast estates, industrial complexes, and any other facility you can imagine. When looking at microinverters, you’ll find one installed at each solar panel. One of the advantages to this configuration is they convert electricity directly on the roof, This allows for a greater level of customization over the electrical infrastructure on the property. In the instance that one or two panels are in the shade, a system utilizing microinverters would still produce electricity as great as the highest producing panel.