An essential component in the solar power process, a solar inverter is incredibly important. And choosing the right type of solar inverter is more important than you might initially think. But what is a solar inverter and what do solar inverters do? Here at the Eco Renewables Group, we are solar power experts, working across the North West, from Penrith to Blackburn. As a result, we have produced this guide to solar power inverters.

What is a solar inverter?

A solar inverter has one basic function. Essentially, it converts the DC current produced by the solar PV panels, into AC current that can be used by your homes appliances and the national grid.

As a result, without a solar inverter there would be no usable power output generated from your solar panels. That’s because direct current isn’t compatible at all with our circuitry systems.

What are the different types of solar inverter?

So if a solar inverter only has one job, why are there different types of inverter? Well, the only difference between solar inverters is their connection to the national grid. Take a look:

The stand alone inverter- this solar inverter is directly connected to the solar panel batteries, where it withdraws the DC current. The current passes through the solar inverter, and is converted to AC. This is then used by your appliances throughout your home. However, as it is a stand alone inverter, it is not connected to the national grid. This means that with a stand alone intverter, you can not sell your excess electricity back to the national grid.

The grid tie inverter- A grid tie inverter is directly connected to the solar panels, drawing the direct current, and converting this into AC. It is also connected to the national grid, which means that with one of these inverters you can make money by selling your electricity back to the national grid. This is the most common type of inverter.

For more information or advice, get in touch with the experts today, here at the Eco Renewables Group.