Solar INVERTERS

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 a 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

IS REPUTABLE?

There are a few different types of inverters within the industry. Each inverter brings their own speciality to the party. 
The most commonly installed inverter is the
"String Inverter". String inverter is just that, a "string" of panels is connected to the inverter. There can be more than one string of panels.

"Hyrbrid Inverter" Inverters are a great 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 system contained of hundreds of kilowatts and even megawatts! You will only find these on solar farms or large scale commercial systems.

"Mircoinverter" 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:

Volume

How many solar panels does the manufacturer sell each year

Quality Control Systems 

Procedures a manufacturer takes to ensure premium quality products everytime

Financial Stability

How prosperous the company is. Is there risk of going bankrupt or insolvent

Research and Development

How much a manufacturer spends on researching and developing solar panels

Vertical Integration

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.

Warranty

Process to attain warranty claims, local or Australian based service office

Risk Diversification

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 more than 5 years

This reveals the company's longevity and ability to serve any potential warranty claims in the future.

Sungrow

Phono Solar is a Chinese company that produces tier one solar panels with a 10 year product warranties and 25 year performance warranties. They are certified as corrosion resistant. DNV GL is, among other things, an international certification body. They perform independent tests of solar panels. Phono Solar did extremely well in testing, coming second overall in an extensive round of tests completed in 2016.

Fronius

Phono Solar is a Chinese company that produces tier one solar panels with a 10 year product warranties and 25 year performance warranties. They are certified as corrosion resistant. DNV GL is, among other things, an international certification body. They perform independent tests of solar panels. Phono Solar did extremely well in testing, coming second overall in an extensive round of tests completed in 2016.

SMA

Phono Solar is a Chinese company that produces tier one solar panels with a 10 year product warranties and 25 year performance warranties. They are certified as corrosion resistant. DNV GL is, among other things, an international certification body. They perform independent tests of solar panels. Phono Solar did extremely well in testing, coming second overall in an extensive round of tests completed in 2016.

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