What does a solar inverter do?
Solar inverters are crucial to any residential or commercial solar system installation. The best way to think of your solar inverter is like a hub. It performs various functions, but most importantly, it converts direct current (DC) solar energy into alternating current (AC) that powers your home.
Your solar inverter is also responsible for sending excess solar through your switchboard and back to the national grid or, alternatively, to your solar battery. In short, solar energy can’t be used in your home without an inverter connected to your solar panels.
Different types of solar inverters
There are two common types of inverters:
- String inverters
These inverters connect solar panels to one inverter. While functional and affordable, solar production is affected throughout the entire string if something goes wrong with any panel in the string.
Unlike string inverters, microinverters are placed on each solar panel. There are significant benefits to using microinverters. Firstly, if one panel is affected by shading or other issues, only that panel’s solar generation is concerned. Secondly, the inverters are closer to the solar panel. The energy has a less complicated route from the solar panel to the inverter, resulting in less power being lost in transition.
The type of inverter you choose depends on several factors, such as cost and system design. Microinverters do offer better productivity and efficiency, but they cost more upfront. String inverters may be less effective, but they’re more affordable.
When working with Tindo Solar, we ensure you have the most suitable setup. We can provide a range of solar inverters and micro solar inverters.