Although the panels might be the big drawcard for many when choosing a new solar system, solar inverters are every bit as important. Although solar inverters might not look dramatically different when placed next to each other – particularly to the untrained eye – models can differ hugely regarding features and performance.
In this blog, Renew Energy demonstrate several essential pieces of information that will help you find the ideal inverter for you.
What are solar inverters?
Solar inverters are designed to convert the DC electricity created by solar panels and storage batteries into AC power. This power is then able to be used by appliances and devices in the home. It is important to note that even with the highest quality solar panels on the market today, with a low-quality inverter, you will struggle to effectively utilise the power created.
Shopping around for solar inverters first requires some basic tips. First, we want to be abundantly clear: do not buy the cheapest inverter you can find. These inverters, while on paper touting the same specifications as pricier inverters, are not built to last the distance. For this reason, solar inverters are considered an important investment.
It is crucial to have solar inverters correspond to solar panels – if you have already chosen your solar panels, make sure that the input of your inverter is in line with the output of your solar panels. If you are in any way confused about which inverter is suitable for you, Renew is always happy to help.
Choosing the right brand for you
Choosing the right solar inverter brand can also be a challenging endeavour –brands like Fronius have a variety of inverters in their range that ensures they can efficiently cater to the different needs of consumers.
Different brands carry different warranties, countries of origin and often different feature sets. While all inverters have a display used to demonstrate current outputs, some inverters exhibit features such as Bluetooth. Some solar inverters are also produced with weather resistance in mind, while others are not (in which case, a cage is necessary). In these instances, it is all about what is relevant to your circumstances.
Brand-specific features can also increase efficiency – power optimisers that work in conjunction with SolarEdge inverters to streamline the conversion of DC power to AC power, in addition to offering performance monitoring and voltage management.
Need a hand selecting your inverter?
With so many inverters on the market today, we understand that it can be tough making the right decision for you. For those looking for some easy, no-nonsense advice, make sure to get in touch with the team at Renew Energy today.