You might have heard about microinverters being one of the new buzzwords surrounding solar. These kinds of inverters are steadily gaining in popularity due to their design being quite different from that of established central inverters.
In this blog, Renew Energy walk you through what micro inverters are, and why they might not always be the ideal choice for your home.
What is a micro inverter?
First, if you’d like to learn some inverter basics, make sure to read our informative solar inverter buying guide. Although you might be aware that inverters are crucial parts of a solar system, more than one type of inverter exists on the market. Micro solar inverters are small inverters that are matched to each solar panel, converting the DC current produced by the panel into AC power for use in the home.
The advantages of microinverters are most apparent when there is shade covering some panels. In these instances, micro inverters attached to panels not covered by shade are still able to draw decent power from areas that are unshaded.
Disadvantages are also associated with micro-inverters, however. Being technologically advanced pieces of equipment isn’t always an advantage, either. Complex electronic parts may make micro inverters more prone to breakages in the long run and require specialist repairs.
Why micro inverters aren’t always a smart choice in Perth
Despite the advantages of microinverters, there is one big disadvantage: cost. Microinverters can attract a much higher price than central inverters, and although this can be an advantage in some conditions (shaded areas, as mentioned before), the consistently hot climate in Perth devalues this advantage.
Instead, having one central inverter installed is both a budget conscious decision and the best choice for the environment in which Perth houses are situated. With tried and tested world-class brands such as Fronius, Solar Edge and Goodwe available, choosing a central inverter for less money than you might be charged for a microinverter is far from a compromise on quality.
Looking to learn more about microinverters and central inverters?
Understanding inverters and their suitability for certain homes are not always easy. For this reason, Renew Energy is always available for a chat to discuss what inverter is most suitable for your home and how these inverters can be more affordable than their micro counterparts. Get in touch with our friendly team today for some great advice about the right solar options for you.