An inverter is the component in the system that takes the direct current (DC) power generated by solar panels and converts it to alternating current (AC) power that is used by the outlets in your home or business and compatible with the power grid. Clean Solar only installs premium inverters for all of our customers. We feel the inverter is the most important component choice you will make and offer multiple options:
- Single inverters with optimizers
- Single inverters
Microinverters are installed on each individual panel to convert the power from DC to AC at the source. They allow for each panel to performs mutually exclusive of the one next to it, making it ideal for roofs with shading issues.
There are many benefits to a microinverter system including:
- More efficient
- Most detailed monitoring
- Long lifetime
- Less power loss if any panels are shaded
We choose to work with Enphase Energy as our microinverter partner.
Single Inverter with Optimizers
Single inverter with optimizers is a combination of both technologies. The optimizers allow for each panel to work independently and then the energy is converted at one single inverter.
Benefits to a single inverter with optimizer system include:
- Less expensive per watt than a microinverter
- Reduce the impact of panel shading
- Little difference in efficiency than microinverter
We choose to work with SolarEdge for our single inverter systems with optimizers.
Single string technology is time-tested as a proven, cost-effective technology for converting DC to AC power. When shading is not an issue on your roof a single inverter may be your best option. When there is shade on the roof from nearby trees or a chimney, microinverters are a better choice as single inverter arrays are arranged into series and parallel “strings,” and when shade covers any panel(s), energy production of the entire string suffers.
Benefits to a single inverter system include:
- Least expensive per watt
- Time-tested technology
- Transformerless with Emergency Daytime Power Supply
- Requires additional emergency shut off switch
Clean Solar chooses to work with SMA and ABB: We believe they have the best reliability and customer service standings in the industry.