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Micro Inverters - A top-rated Inverter Option

Commercial Solar Design specializes in solar array electrical systems for large installs. We are beginning to see noteworthy gains from installation of micro inverters compared to traditional string or central inverter configurations. Micro inverters are solid state without any moving components and allow for individual solar panel monitoring alternatives. Because every single panel possesses a micro inverter each solar panel can be monitored for energy productivity. In case a individual panel has a fault, only that panel production is affected. With a string of solar panels, if one particular panel has a fault the whole string will quit producing. We equate this to the good old strings of Holiday lights when just one bulb burning out would make the whole string fail. New Christmas light strings tend not to experience that any longer and make a powerful
case for micro inverters.

Harvesting Capabilities of String vs. Micro inverters

Micro-inverters maximize the power collected from every panel and are not affected by a particular solar panel which might perform poorly. String inverters will be restricted to the actual power produced by the least effective solar panel within a string so in the case a single panel is dusty, defective, aligned differently, a different model of solar panel, etc., it drags down an entire string.

String inverters demand certain configurations as specified below. Operations outside limitations may result in zero system production at times throughout the day. Micro inverters are generally unencumbered with these types of restrictions.

A micro inverter individualized solar panel harvest will supply somewhere between 5%-25% increase in electricity output when compared to a string inverter configuration. The 5% is merely advanced economy in design. Higher efficiencies will be achieved whenever shading takes place and/or because solar panels age differently. Certain energy age faster when compared with others. The string inverter generates determined by the weakest output.

Modular and Scalable

String inverters necessitate that you comply with a rigid design structure. Virtually any expansion of the solar array necessitates another type of or additional inverter as well as an additional large array of solar panels to suit the string configurations. For example, a 12,000 watt string inverter is likely limited to three exact configurations: 8-strings of 7- panels, 8-strings of 8- panels, or 4-string of 9- solar panels. That means that you are limited to 56, 64, or perhaps 36 panels. Not a whole lot of scalability there.

Micro inverters alternatively tend to be infinitely scalable. You're able to string from 1 to 16 micro-inverters in parallel for every AC branch. Virtually all string inverters are only able to permit 11 or 12 panels per string. Considering that each and every panel has its unique inverter, you could have any quantity of solar panels in almost any configuration.

Variable Location

Micro Inverters are often set up in virtually any orientation and tilt making them perfect for rooftops having various angles and orientations. String inverters require all panels on a string to always be the same orientation and tilt. An incorrectly engineered string will result in mediocre overall performance. Moreover knowledgeable solar contractors may have difficulty designing a string inverter system if all the solar panels are not on exactly the same tilt and orientation. Micro Inverters enable roof top space maximization. When you have a small roof with a west and south face micro inverters permit you to fit 10 solar panels on the south face and 5 solar panels on the west face.

MTBF - Mean Time Between Failure

String inverters carry a 10 warranty and also have an predicted life of 15 years. Common solar revenue models demonstrate a profound drop at year 15 representing the price of swapping the string inverter. Micro inverters have got a lot longer life span. Another factor is string inverters end up with a single point of failure. Micro inverters do not have a single point of failure given that every single solar panel has its own inverter. In case a micro inverter fails the monitoring system will be able to specify which one failed and the only decrease of power generation is usually a particular panel.

Installation Labor Premiums

String Inverters need considerable cabling by electricians. Micro inverters are generally wired by solar installers with the final hookup being accomplished by an electrician. This alone can be a appreciable reduction in cost in addition to complexity of the solar array. No longer needed are the bulky string inverters secured next to your electric meter or in your
garage.

System Monitoring

Micro inverters monitor every last panel separately. End users log into a web site and can check each solar panel or branch of panels, each roof surface area etc. You can observe clouds move across the rooftop and the degree of detail is phenomenal. The program informs you when a panel or inverter is failing or has failed. Your photovoltaic installation technician also is notified at the same time for proactive warranty replacement. The monitoring will need a DSL link and can then be checked through any web enabled computer.

Time to Return On Investment

The micro inverter type strategy is more expensive out the door as a result of equipment but not that much more costly because of diminished labor charges. The benefit is enhanced electric power production over the lifetime of the solar panels. Considering panels have a 25 yr warranty we tend to be talking about decades. I know of solar panels installed 30 years ago (1980) that happen to be even now putting out the equivalent electricity they were when installed. Whenever you do a repayment comparison the micro inverter system consistently features a greater initial cost but a faster time to
repayment. Once the system is paid off you will take pleasure in extra energy out of a system that does not involve a 15 year string inverter replacement unit expenditure and headache.