What is a solar power inverter and why is it important? Learn all about this humble but essential device, and which type of inverter you'll need for powering your solar appliances or for larger home solar power systems.
It's likely you've seen solar inverters mentioned on solar energy sites and perhaps have wondered what that particular component is all about.
A solar power inverter is used to convert the direct current (DC) electricity coming from a solar cell or photovoltaic array into an alternating current (AC).
Why is this important? Given that the appliances in your home require the AC to operate properly (not the DC), the DC entering into the solar grid via the sun's rays must be converted to be effective and efficient in powering your home.
An inverter used in conjunction with a solar panel is used to power residential appliances or sometimes is used to power a utility grid. It's a vital component of a top-notch solar panel operating system.
In other words, you can't have a solar panel system without having a solar inverter to connect the dots” so to speak. Really, what it comes down to is what type of inverter you'll need for powering your appliances or for larger projects.
There are three types of solar panel inverters on the market currently:
How do you choose the correct solar power inverter for your residential or commercial application?
First, it is important to know that your inverter will be one of the more expensive parts of your solar energy system. Make sure that you choose one that has a good warranty, generally 15 years of more.
Choose a reputable manufactures with longevity and experience in the solar energy field. After, all, your warranty will not do you any good if the company is no longer around in 15 years!
To determine what type of (class) inverter you'll need for your project, you must first figure out what is called the maximum sum of all the AC loads” in your project (home or commercial building).
You'll also need to consider the power quality delivered to your project by the inverter, the capacity or power rating of the inverter, and the efficiency of the inverter. These factors will help you to determine which solar power inverter is the right choice for your residential or commercial solar project and solar panel system.
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