The inverter is a crucial component of a solar energy system, as it takes the direct current (DC) power captured by the solar panels and turns it into alternating current (AC) power – which is what you need for your home appliances and electronics.
When you make the switch to solar energy, you’ll need to decide whether you want to install micro-inverters or a string inverter. And chances are, your professional photovoltaic contractor will recommend the former. Here’s why.
With a string inverter, the solar panels must be wired together for the component to function. Micro-inverters attach easily, one to each panel, speeding up the photovoltaic system installation process – and that results in savings on labor costs.
If you choose a string inverter, shade or damage to one of your solar panels will reduce the energy output of your entire photovoltaic system. Go with micro-inverters instead, and you won’t see a huge drop in electricity production if one panel happens to have a problem.
A string inverter only allows you to monitor the solar energy production of your system as a whole. Micro-inverters, on the other hand, enable you to track the output of each solar panel separately. And, with web-based monitoring, you can check their performance from anywhere.
A string inverter may suffice for now, but what if you decide to expand your photovoltaic system? You may not be planning on adding more solar panels to your system later on, you could change your mind – and if you use micro-inverters, expanding your array will be much easier.
With a string inverter, you can expect warranty coverage to last for 5 to 10 years. Micro-inverters don’t wear out nearly as quickly, so they usually come with 25-year warranties. If you want the peace of mind in knowing your photovoltaic system components will last, a string inverter is not the best choice.
The decision on which type of inverter to use in your photovoltaic system is in your hands, of course, but why not get an expert opinion on the matter? An experienced solar energy contractor can answer your questions and offer advice on which photovoltaic components best meet your needs and your budget.
If you live in Idaho, Utah, Oregon, Nevada or Wyoming and want to install a highly efficient, cost-effective solar energy system, turn to Intermountain Wind & Solar. We specialize in photovoltaic system design and installation, and our professional team can maximize your solar savings.
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