Different types of Grid-Tie Inverters for solar power systems


Hi and welcome to “FYI”, a new informational video series from Wholesale Solar. My name is Josh Roelofs and today we’re going to talk about grid-tied inverter system options. Your
first option is the SMA Sunny Boy inverter. The SMA Sunny Boy is the only gridtied inverter which
includes the secure power supply which can provide a minimal amount of backup power during a power outage provided the sun is shining. It’s a
US-made product, highly reliable, it’s also your lowest-cost option. These inverters are designed to work with solar arrays that are positioned in
direct sunlight. If you have shade from a nearby
obstruction, such as trees, buildings or something else, you would want to consider one of our
other grid-tied inverter options such as the SolarEdge. SolarEdge is a highly efficient inverter
system because there’s a power optimizer on
each solar panel. It can help mitigate the impact of shade on
a portion of your array SolarEdge is the only grid-tied
inverter which includes built-in monitoring at no additional
cost, giving you the ability to remotely view system performance from any internet-connected device. This
system includes the Safe DC Voltage feature which means you’re not working with high
DC voltage when you’re wiring optimizers together. This inverter system is also expandable. If you want to add to your array at a later date you can plug in more optimizers to your
existing group of optimizers to expand your system. SolarEdge offers the best balance between price
and features out of any of the grid-tied inverter options we sell. It’s suitable for residential or large
commercial systems. In some cases our customers will require
even more flexibility from their grid-tied inverter system which is when we recommend the Enphase micro-inverter. The Enphase micro-inverter is a
completely modular system where there’s one inverter for every
solar panel, so it’s expandable. It can help mitigate shade but this
system is really ideal for people who are starting out small and expanding later. There’s no minimum
requirement; you could literally start with one panel and one micro inverter and get your
system up and running This system uses a/c wiring instead of
DC voltage so it’s considered to be safer and easier to install especially for the
DIY installer. The micro-inverters have a lot
of great features including the longest industry warranty
at 25 years, advanced monitoring is available with
the Envoy hardware, it’s also the most flexible system if
you need several groups and panels at different
parts of the roof or different groups of panel facing different directions . Enphase is going to offer you the highest
level of flexibility from a grid-tied inverter system. So these are three grid-tied inverter
options available. If you have any questions or need more
information please give us a call or visit our website. This is Josh
Roelofs with “FYI”.

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