Solar information

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High Voltage DC

Regular Inverters

Risk of very high temperature arcing and potentially fire.

Micro Inverters

Potential for fire to occur is greatly minimized. Inverters run a much minimal risk of overheating due to the fact that they work individually instead of putting pressure on only one inverter

Shading

Regular Inverters

Shading one panel reduces efficiency of all panels

Micro Inverters

Outputs are completely independent of each other, which means more effective power. Inverters function individually with each panel vs the one inverter connected to all panels, this means if one panel is being covered with shade as shown above, then the production of all panels will be reduced with string inverters.

Maximum Power Point Tracking

Regular Inverters
Targets one one power point for the whole panel array, reducing the overall amount of power harvested
Micro Inverters

Targets each panel's maximum power point. With micro inverters we can receive maximum production from each panel.

Monitoring And Fault Finding

Regular Inverters

Only see the combined output from every solar panel in the series string, which makes troubleshooting mroe difficult.

Micro Inverters

Can monitor each solar panel individually allowing you to easily identify exactly what's happening more quickly and easily With micro inverters, we can keep track of all panels production individually, with string inverters we get total production.

Redundancy

Regular Inverters

If yoru series string inverter develops a fault, your entire solar array stops producing power until it is fixed.

Micro Inverters

If a Micro Inverter develops a fault, the remaining Micro Inverters can continue to operate. If one micro inverter fails, the others will keep functioning normally. With string inverters, whole system will stop functioning until inverter is fixed if there are any issues.

Modularity

Regular Inverters

Can only accept specific number of solar panels per inverter so it's not as easy to add more panels at a later date.

Micro Inverters

AC Solar Panels can be added to the Micro Inverter much more easily because they are independent of each other. With micro inverters you can keep adding panels if production increases without a problem. With string inverters it is more difficult to add panels as rewiring must be done.

Orientation

Regular Inverters

All of your solar panels need to be connected in the same orientation so they all produce a similiar current.

Micro Inverters

Can be oriented in any direction and will not affect the operatino of other solar panelsbecause they are independent from one another. With micro inverters, they can be placed in any direction allowing correct panel placement that allows for maximum production. With a string inverter, all panels must be placed the same way.