Unlocking the Power of Solar Energy with the Right Inverter
In any solar energy system, the inverter is the linchpin, and here's why:
- Crucial Conversion: The inverter is the device that performs a vital task - transforming direct current (DC) electricity generated by solar panels into the alternating current (AC) electricity used by the electrical grid.
- The Brain of Solar Power System: It may be surprising to learn that the solar inverter you choose has the biggest impact on the overall power output of your solar system – not the solar panels. That’s because the solar inverter is essentially the brains of your solar power system and choosing the right type of inverter for your property can significantly increase overall power output.
- Battery & Inverter Symbiosis: And when it comes to adding a battery to your solar system, the choice of inverter becomes even more critical. That’s because different types of batteries work in different ways, depending on the type of inverter you choose. Some are a lot more efficient than others. Knowing this information in advance will help you choose the type of inverter that’s going to produce the most power for your home – which is the end goal after all!
In the world of solar systems, there are two categories: those with and those without battery storage.
Solar Systems without Battery Storage rely on Grid-tie Inverters. These work by first directing solar energy to power your home. Any excess energy is then supplied to the local grid, benefiting neighbouring systems. When solar energy production falls short, your home draws power from the local grid. It's important to note that grid-tied solar systems are designed to shut down during power outages to prevent the potential backflow of electricity, which could endanger utility workers.
Through the process of net metering, homeowners earn credits for the surplus energy they feed into the grid, offsetting the energy they draw from it. This ingenious system essentially allows solar owners to replace their traditional electricity bills with reduced payments for their solar systems.
Adding Battery Storage takes solar systems to the next level. With batteries, you can store excess daytime energy for use at night or during periods of reduced solar generation. This reduction in energy bills can be especially significant in regions with high electricity costs.
Solar systems equipped with battery storage can opt for one of four inverter types: Grid-tie Inverters, Off-grid Inverters, Hybrid Inverters, or AC Coupled Inverters.
Choose the right inverter type from our selection below to maximize the potential of your solar energy system.