At Utah Solar Group, we provide both solar panels and inverters in Utah. When people think of solar-powered products, the first thought that usually comes to mind is a solar panel. However, solar panels aren’t the only components that should come to mind when you’re considering investing in solar equipment. Solar inverters play an equally significant role when it comes to powering your solar-powered systems. Their primary purpose is to take all that wonderful green energy the solar panels absorb and convert it into a useful energy source for appliances.
Types of Solar Inverters
Both solar panels and inverters have more than one option available. Let’s cover the different options available for solar inverters.
- String Inverters – Most often, smaller-sized solar-powered systems use this type of inverter. Typically installed in rows, this inverter powers multiple strings at once. The solar panels are tied together in strings. When they produce energy, it all gets transferred to one inverter, which is commonly installed on the side of your house or basement. These are ideal for roofs that grab consistent sunlight throughout the day, as they don’t perform as well in shaded conditions.
- Central Inverters – These are similar to string inverters in that they power “strings,” just on a much larger scale. Theses inverters need fewer components connections, but they need a combiner box and pad. These are best suited for larger-scale operations.
- Micro Inverters – These are designed to function for each panel. While they are costly, they are extremely efficient, as micro inverters can convert DC to AC directly at the panel. Another added benefit to using micro inverters is that, if one panel is underperforming, it won’t negatively impact an entire “string.” Microinverters make it easier to assess how each individual panel is performing, unlike sting inverters, where they can only assess the performance of that string.
Types of Solar Panels
There are three primary types of panels. These include the following:</p
- Monocrystalline – Consists of one continuous crystal structure. These are 1st generation, and they are also the most developed technology. You’ll enjoy a higher efficiency rate, but they are more expensive.
- Polycrystalline – These types of panels look like squares and have a blue appearance. These are lower cost, but nowhere near as efficient as monocrystalline.
- Thin Film – These are the most cost-effective option of the three, but they also have the shortest lifespan. They are also not as efficient and require more space to attain the same energy output. In short, these are less suited for residential installs.
To learn more about solar panels and inverters in Utah, call Utah Solar Group today.