Inverters are an important part of any solar system. They convert DC to AC power for use in your home or business. There are two main inverter types: micro-interverters, where each solar panels has its own smaller inverter, and string inverters, where several solar panels are wired together in a string that is connected to one larger inverter.
There are benefits of both types of systems. Typically, your more economical solution will be using string inverters, but microinverters allow the panels to function independently of each other, which can be important if your system may have some shading on occasion. Some string inverters allow for an emergency outlet to be added near the inverter, allowing you to use the power from your solar array even if the power grid is down. Microinverter technology is usually easier to add on to should you need additional solar panels to meet your needs in the future.
Read more about each technology below. An Intermountain Wind & Solar can help you sort what is best for you and your system. Call 801-298-5255 or fill out the contact form to the right!
Micro Inverter Technology
Micro-inverter systems are a maintenance free system that does not require the use of battery storage, and also helps the modules operate more independently within the array. Modules operating independently leads to significant improvements in energy production, adding additional modules at a later date, and shade mitigation. Also the monitoring technology is extremely advanced. Click here to view the Real-Time Monitoring for some of our Micro Inverter systems.
String Inverter Technology
A string inverter is an extremely efficient design for your grid-tie system where shading is not an issue. As the picture above shows, with a string inverter, panels are put together in a series string and then wired to the inverter. Depending on the size and design of your system, string inverters can handle multiple strings of panels. Intermountain Wind and Solar can also provide online monitoring of your system’s production. This way you can check in on your system wherever you may be.