A solar inverter is an integral component of a solar generator. It can be purchased separately or in conjunction with a solar panel, controller, and battery for a fully functioning system. When purchasing an inverter separately, keep in mind that it must be matched with the wattage output of your solar panel.
When the solar panels receive direct sunlight, the solar inverter convert that energy into electrical power. That power is typically stored in batteries for later use. This is where an inverter comes in. An inverter converts the Direct Current (DC) stored in the battery into an Alternating Current (AC) that can be used in the home to run electrical equipment and devices. This type of inverter is referred to as a standalone model.
When the energy from the solar panel, or photovoltaic (PV) module, is connected directly to the utility grid, a synchronous, or grid-tie inverter is required. Like the standalone model, the synchronous inverter also converts DC output into an AC current. It takes the solar power collected from the panels and applies it to your home’s distribution panel, so that it can be used by loads or flow into the utility grid. This type of inverter is required if you want to sell back excess energy to the utility company through the process of net metering.
Multifunction inverters, which are both battery and grid connected, are also available. For assistance installing a solar inverter and every other component of your solar generator, your best bet is to contact a certified solar installer with years of experience and expertise in the industry. Get a free solar estimate today!
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