Essential Facts about Solar Inverters
Commonly, consumers think about solar panels without evaluating their need for a solar inverter. This component is as important as the panels in your solar system. The inverters convert electricity that the panels gathered. This way, you can use it to power your appliances and lighting.
There are different types of inverters that you can choose from:
As the name suggests, this type is connected to the grid. It is often known as an inverter, which means it accepts both AC and DC power. A grid-connected inverter is the most versatile and performs various functions, including:
Grid-tied inverters can be a string inverter, a solar optimiser, or a micro inverter. A micro-inverter is a smaller type of inverter and is designed to work with individual panels. The traditional inverter is made to work with a string of modules. Although they are not new (introduced in the late 90s), microinverters have recently gained in popularity.
Perhaps the biggest advantage of using micro-inverters is that the outputs are not dependent on each panel. For instance, one of the panels is experiencing a lower output because of shade issues. When you use a micro-inverter, the rest of the panels will not be affected and will remain efficient.
The US National Renewable Energy Laboratory confirmed that using micro-inverters can give homes as much as a 12% increase in energy output.
We can help you select the best inverter, one that will best suit your needs. Here at Easy Solar, we sell the brands that we trust, particularly those with no to minimal complaints. These brands include:
In our years of experience, this company is the best of the best. Fronius opened its Australian office in 2010. Every string inverter from Fronius comes with a 5-year warranty but you can get another five years.
One of the oldest companies around, this German company has grown to be revered all over the world.
This company has a good reputation, especially when it comes to the reliability of their products.
This Chinese company offers a 10-year warranty on their inverters. The manufacturing plants are situated in China but Growatt has offices in the UK and Germany.
One of the companies with the best warranty services, Goodwe is a Chinese company that specialises in string inverters.
Another Chinese manufacturer, Sungrow sells only single-phase inverters. The products are available at reasonable prices.
Using Batteries to Store Power from Solar Panels
The rise in the supply of batteries is evident, not only in Australia but around the world. Before you jump into the bandwagon though, you should first determine whether or not your inverter is battery-ready.
To be truly battery ready, you will need a hybrid inverter, however you can retrofit a coupling to manage the batteries with an existing inverter, if you have an existing system at your property.
Nevertheless, one of the reasons why people need batteries is that they excessively use their available power at night. Instead of feeding back the power to the electricity grid, you can utilise it for your own needs at home.
Easy Solar recommends that you get a high-grade battery. Among the most commonly used today are:
You will get battery options with high a high price point. However, there are several variations. The LG Chem RESU is one of the popular products that can give you a long lifespan and great quality. The discharge capacity is 90% and it does not compromise the battery’s life. The warranty lasts for 10 years for this home battery.
This Chinese company has its headquarters in Shenzhen. One of the popular options is B-Box, which is recommended for residential setups. The battery comes in four different sizes, starting from 2.56kW to 10.24kW. They are all IP55-rated and you can start purchasing the smallest size and build up from there if required.
Established in 2012, the company specialises in battery storage products, as well as energy solutions for both residential and commercial consumers. The batteries come with a competitive price-point with grid backup functionality.
Compared to other batteries on the Australian market, GCL is one of the most affordable options available. The Chinese solar manufacturer has been around since 1990. The company is also responsible for supplying silicon wafers for several Bloomberg Tier-1 panels, such as Jinko, Canadian Solar, and others.
One of the most popular batteries from Tesla is Powerwall. It is a small-scale lithium-ion battery designed for home energy storage. The battery packs from the company are deemed ideal for off-grid solar systems.
Each solar system is different, which is why we urge customers to talk to us in person. This way, Easy Solar can explain the various options and the best choice for your situation.
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