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What Are Inverters?

An inverter is one of the most crucial pieces of equipment in a solar energy system. The solar panels create direct current (DC), which the inverters convert to alternating current (AC), which the electrical grid utilises. The inverter controls the flow of electrical electricity. Overall, the inverter is a critical piece of equipment because it converts the electricity produced and powers your home.

How Do Inverters Work?

An inverter converts direct current to alternating current by rapidly flipping the direction of a direct current input. As a result, the DC input is converted to an AC output. Furthermore, filters and other electronics can be employed to generate a varying voltage as a clean, repeating sine wave that can be fed into the power grid. The sine wave is a shape or pattern formed by voltage over time; this is the pattern that the grid may employ without causing damage to electrical devices.


Types Of Inverters

There are various types of inverters available to be used with your solar system. A central inverter, for example, is typically employed in large-scale utility plants or mid-scale community solar projects. String inverters convert the electricity generated by the entire string to alternating current (AC). Micro-inverters are miniature inverters that are installed on each panel. A hybrid inverter is a device that combines a solar inverter and a battery inverter.

Inverter Life Span

The longevity of an inverter is generally determined by the type of inverter used. The typical warranty on an inverter is 5-12 years, with various extension options available for a cost.

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