Why are there so many types of solar inverters?

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Are you getting tongue-tied by all of the confusing solar components out there? Understandable. It can be a lot to digest. With the panels, inverters and these days batteries, understanding the role and function of each part of your new solar system is very difficult.


That’s why we are here – to help you understand what each part does and why. When prospecting solar enthusiasts in Brisbane are doing research into a new solar system, a question we often get is, why are there so many types of solar inverters?


While there are several different solar inverters in Brisbane, some of which are connected differently, there are two main classifications that should be considered by home and business owners looking to move into solar power.


Stand-alone inverters

The most common kind of solar inverter in Brisbane, the stand-alone inverter is mostly a box that sits on the side of your home. The inverter has a vital job; it takes the direct current collected from the solar panels and converts it to an alternating current. Alternating current (AC) is the kind of electricity that you use in your home every time you turn on a light or use the television. If you are wondering how much space a stand-alone inverter will take up, think of it as an instantaneous water heater or fusebox (often smaller than both of these) on the outside of your house.


There is a range of different products, some that have monitoring capabilities, others that are more basic. The overall function of an inverter remains the same. Like any popular technological product, there is a range of brands available. Although this type of inverter is incredibly common, it is still best to ask your professionals which kind suits your individual needs and budget.


Micro Inverters

This kind of inverter is fixed on the underside of each individual solar panel on your roof. Although more expensive, micro inverters commonly convert more direct current based on their position. A single micro inverter is placed on every panel, and therefore the overall efficiency of your solar system is increased, but it comes at a cost. For large commercial properties, microinverters have become a popular choice.


Inverters essentially have the same role: to turn the sun’s power into energy you can use in your home. While there are different efficiencies, models and sizes, the professionals at SunEnergy Brisbane can help you determine which kind of solar inverter works best for your unique situation.


If you’re looking for a quote for your Brisbane solar system, and wish to know more, give the professional team at SunEnergy a call or request a quote online.We know everything there is to know about solar inverters and can answer all of your questions!