One of the best ways to contribute towards the preservation of the environment is to use solar energy. Not just does solar energy reduce the dependence on less environmentally friendly energy options, it is a choice that is supports an important and universal issue.
However, using solar energy requires converting the energy from direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC). To do this, a solar inverter is required. Solar inverters also monitor the performance of the entire solar system and can provide diagnostic data to identify any potential problems. Solar inverters also allow energy to be stored in the battery or sent back to the power grid.
Here are the main functions of a solar inverter:
• Conversion of energy from DC to AC
• Maximizing energy production
• Improving grid assistance capability
• Tracking the power output efficiently
• Ensuring the system working safely
Solar inverters also come in a few different types.
String inverters are best suited for homeowners looking for an efficient, low cost option that is reliable, easy to maintain and has a high degree of flexibility.
Central inverters are generally used for large scale operations, such as solar farms, or industrial size solar projects. They are optimized per watt cost and are generally easy to install and maintain.
Micro inverters are installed individually on the back of each panel, are smaller in size than string inverters and generally comes with a capacity of 250-300 watts. Micro inverters are effective when not all solar panels receive the same degree of sunlight and therefore can help optimize the production of the entire system. However, because a separate inverter is required for each panel, they can be more costly than string inverters.
Which inverters you choose will of course depend on the type of solar project you are creating, and there are many more options than listed here, and certainly many more to come. That is the exciting thing about solar energy – it is an industry that is evolving more rapidly than we could have ever imagined.
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