Quite often, people invest more time and focus their attention in their solar power system by buying the top-quality solar panels out there but put less effort in researching the best solar inverter for their home.
An inverter’s job is simple, it changes the PV-generated or battery-stored DC electricity
that came from your solar panels into AC electricity that can be used by your household appliances or be sent back to the utility grid. However, with many models and options, choosing the right inverter for your application has become a more challenging task.
Solar Shop Online supplies, and through our partner installers helps us install and maintain solar power systems, inverters, and voltage stabilisers while providing green solutions for all industries.
Inverters are also specific to whether your system will be grid-tied or be off-grid, and
whether your system will include batteries, either for off-grid use or on-grid with battery backup. The efficiency and quality of your solar inverter is going to be the biggest influence on the output of your solar power system, so it is important to make sure the
one you are quoted for is the best in the market or choose one that covers the main
criteria of a reputable inverter.
Because of the Covid19 situation forcing businesses to convert their shop online,
shopping for solar inverter units can be challenging. But do not worry, we listed down 3 important criteria to look for before buying your solar inverter:
1. Quality & Performance
The internet is a vast network of information that can provide you data on
different inverter brands, with enough research you’ll be able to distinguish which inverters to steer clear of and what inverter brands are reputable within the industry.
One of the best ways to determine the quality of any product is by looking at their customer’s experience when you read their feedback on the product. You can do this by searching on forums and websites online like; Product Review, Facebook, Google, and Clean Energy Reviews.
If you can’t find any information on a brand or their product, then its performance isn’t well known. In that case, it may be best to avoid that inverter brand.
2. Compatibility of your Solar Panel and Inverter
It is necessary for your solar panels and inverter to be compatible so it can
function well. Inverters have a voltage range in which they can run a range of
panels within a maximum input current.
If you have already chosen what panels you want to have installed, make sure
that you look for an inverter that will work well with those panels. You can speak to one of our sales associates in helping you figure out what configurations of panels and inverters will be compatible, or what inverter would work well with your solar panels.
3. Reliability and Warranty
The average lifetime of a solar inverter is at least ten years, but a standard
inverter warranty will cover you for 5 years. If a manufacturer offers a warranty of 10 years and above shows the quality of their product and their confidence in its life expectancy like one of our brands: Sungrow.
Before signing the warranty do make sure to read the fine print. It should
precisely say what the company is responsible for and what you (the end user) are responsible for. Reliable manufacturers/suppliers should also be able to
respond quickly on issues about the product as they have the correct servicing
centres and processes in place.
The inverter is the main solar component you’ll interact with once your system is up and running, but it also means that it will be the first equipment you will have to replace.
Choosing wisely when it comes to your inverter will ensure that the constant use of your solar system is overall pleasant, your system generates as much electricity as possible,
you’ll have excellent customer service if anything goes wrong, and you’ll be less likely to replace it in the near future.