Inverters are the most crucial piece of an effecient solar install

We are experts in helping you figure out which one YOU need for YOUR situation not just because it's easier for us to install. Guiding you to what you want and guess what? Even the best one's are in YOUR budget.
String Inverter or Micro Inverter

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What is a solar inverter and how does it work?

Solar panels are usually made from silicon, which provides a semi-conductor surface. The panels sit within a metal frame encased in glass. When particles of light – photons – hit the silicon of each individual solar panel, electrons become agitated. This creates a photovoltaic (PV) charge, which in turn produces an electrical direct current (DC). The panel’s wiring captures this current, and it’s the solar inverter that converts the DC to an alternating current (AC). Solar inverters connect the solar panel system to the existing electrical meter, or it feeds the power to the electrical grid.

DC-to-AC Solar Power Inverter

Direct current flows in one direction. Appliances at home run on AC, so conversion has to happen. The solar panel inverter accomplishes this over four steps.
  • 1
    Step One

    The inverter channels DC through its internal transformer

  • 2
    Step Two

    The inverter transformer function is to lower the voltage and switch to AC

  • 3
    Step Three

    The DC runs through two or more transistors

  • 4
    Step Four

    The transistors are rapidly turned on and off to feed the transformer’s two different sides

DC to AC

3 Types Of Inverters

Micro Inverters

They are common in areas where shading is an issue or the homeowner has a chopped up roof with panels on more than 2 mounting planes. There is an inverter attached to the bottom of every panel converting the DC to AC at the panel vs a string inverter next to the meter. We offer ApSystem and Enphase micro inverters.

String Inverters

These inverters are best used with optimizers. String inverters connect multiple panels into a ``string`` and wired to one inverter for the whole system. These are good options if you have a chopped up roof. A shaded panel on a string will affect the rest of the panels performance unless an optimizer is used. We offer SMA and Solar Edge string inverters.

Hybrid Inverters

When you pair your solar panel system with a hybrid inverter, a separate battery inverter isn’t necessary: it can function as both an inverter for electricity from your solar panels and a solar battery. This allows for ``centralized monitoring,” which means you can monitor both your solar panel system and battery performance through one platform. Similar to string inverters. We offer Lion Energy's hybrid inverter.

Which One Is Right For YOU?

It's important homeowners are aware of the pros and cons between the two. Here are the cons of both.
Micro Inverters

Microinverters cost significantly more than a string inverter, and can be more difficult to maintain or repair in the event of a problem because they are located on the roof.

String Inverters

A drop in the performance of an individual solar panel (i.e., from shading) can impact the output of all of the panels on an individual string. While multiple strings can accommodate multiple roof planes on the same inverter, string inverters may not be right for more complex system designs or roofs with regular shading.

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