A solar inverter is one of the most important & essential elements of a photovoltaic system. It converts the variable direct current (DC) output of a photovoltaic (PV) solar panel into alternating 240V current (AC). This AC electricity then can be fed into your home to operate your appliances.
The electricity that is not consumed in your home is either fed into the grid (electrical power lines) or into home battery storage. New hybrid inverters include an integrated battery management system.
Long lasting solar power systems require a high quality inverter with a robust convection cooling system. Low quality inverters have unfortunately failed in the Australian climate and for this reason, we recommend ensuring the best quality inverter you can afford, coupled with high quality tier 1 panels.
The life of a solar inverter can be significantly increased by installing it inside a garage, under a carport and out of direct sunlight. It is extremely important to use a quality inverter and mount it in a sheltered location if possible.
There is a considerable price difference between the hundreds of different solar inverters available. For example, an entry-level 5kW inverter can start from as little as $500-700, while a premium quality 5kW inverter with 10+ year warranty may cost $1700 or higher. Many low-cost inverters are notorious for claiming high failure rates with difficulty claiming warranty. Therefore, it is highly recommended in investing in a better quality inverter.
Remember, “the cheapest product will cost you the most in the long run”
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