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WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOLAR INVERTERS?
It's important to have some knowledge as to what you need to look for in solar inverters and what options are available in an inverter and what each inverter type does.
Our team is here to help you if anything is unclear or you have some other questions that need answering!
HOW DO I KNOW IF THE INVERTER MANUFACTURER
There are a few different types of inverters within the industry. Each inverter brings its own speciality to the party.
The most commonly installed inverter is the "String Inverter". A string inverter is just that, a "string" of panels is connected to the inverter. There can be more than one string of panels.
"Hybrid Inverter" Inverters are a great way to either future proof your system or to utilise both battery storage while having the comfort of the grid as a back up when needed. A Hybrid or Grid Connect Inverter with Battery Storage is using a String Inverter that will utilise battery storage for night time use or when the power is out and will only draw power from the grid if required.
"Central Inverters" are used for large scale systems containing hundreds of kilowatts and even megawatts! You will only find these on solar farms or large scale commercial systems.
"Microinverter" are tiny inverters placed directly onto each and every panel. These are a dying breed as there is no proven benefit that far outweighs the use of a String Inverter, in particular for an area such as Alice Springs and the NT.
"Battery Inverter" if you want to retrofit batteries to your solar power system, or simply keep your battery system separate from your solar panels (i.e. not going through the same inverter), then a separate battery inverter is a good choice. This simply converts your battery power into 230V AC and feeds it into your switchboard instead of grid power where possible
What to look for in a good solar inverter:
How many solar panels does the manufacturer sell each year
Quality Control Systems
Procedures a manufacturer takes to ensure premium quality products every time
How prosperous the company is. Is there a risk of going bankrupt or insolvent
Research and Development
How much a manufacturer spends on researching and developing solar panels
Manufacturer controlling their supply line from silicone cells to the final panel product
Innovative Robotic Processes
Manufactured using highly automated techniques. Robotic processes guarantee panels with higher quality standards, consistency and reliability.
The process to attain warranty claims, local or Australian based service office
Arguably the most important. Manufacturers having a risk diversified manufacturing portfolio, compared to solar manufacturers only making solar panels. Without diversification, can lead to the company going bankrupt or insolvent.
Manufacturing Solar Panels for more than 5 years
This reveals the company's longevity and ability to serve any potential warranty claims in the future.
Sungrow is a global leading inverter solution supplier for renewable energy. The company offers a comprehensive range of solar inverters and energy storage systems, catering to diverse market demand around the world. Their products are designed with cutting-edge technology, ensuring high efficiency and reliable performance. Sungrow's commitment to innovation has led to numerous breakthroughs in renewable energy technology, making them a trusted partner for customers looking to integrate renewable energy solutions into their homes, businesses, and utility-scale projects.
Fronius is a leading manufacturer of solar inverters for residential, commercial, and industrial applications. The company offers a range of inverters designed to meet different customer needs, from small-scale residential installations to large-scale commercial and utility projects. Fronius inverters are known for their high efficiency, reliability, and advanced features, such as built-in monitoring and diagnostics tools. With over 75 years of experience in the energy industry, Fronius is committed to innovation and sustainability, driving the development of new technologies to advance the adoption of renewable energy worldwide.
SMA Solar Technology AG is a German-based manufacturer of high-quality solar inverters for residential, commercial, and utility-scale applications. Founded in 1981, the company has over 40 years of experience in the solar industry and is a recognized leader in the field. SMA offers a wide range of inverters that are known for their efficiency, reliability, and advanced features, such as remote monitoring and control. With a strong commitment to sustainability and innovation, SMA is dedicated to developing cutting-edge technologies that help accelerate the transition to renewable energy.
Fox ESS is a leading energy storage system manufacturer with a focus on research and development of innovative technologies. Their lithium-ion battery systems are designed to store renewable energy, providing homes and businesses with a reliable and sustainable power source. With advanced monitoring and control features, Fox ESS systems help users manage their energy usage effectively, reducing costs and increasing energy independence. From residential to commercial and industrial applications, their products are built with high-quality components for long-lasting performance
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