Your solar inverter turns the sunshine captured by your solar panels into electricity you can use to power your home.
Generally the higher the quality of the inverter you choose, the more efficient it will be. For example, if you choose an inverter which is rated 96% to 98% for efficiency, this means it will convert almost all of the solar energy generated by the sun into electricity you can use at home while the sun is shining.
How a solar inverter works
- On a sunny day, the cells in your solar panels catch the sun’s rays.
- This energy is sent as a direct current (DC) electricity to your inverter.
- Your inverter converts the DC electricity into alternating current (AC) electricity.
- Your home is powered by AC electricity.
Types of inverters
String inverters are the most common type of inverters, generally offering higher efficiency when converting solar energy to electricity that can be used in your home and good value for money.
Optimised string Inverters
Optimised string inverters operate similarly to a standard string inverter but with individual optimisers on each solar panel, which can offer similar benefits to microinverters.
Micro inverters are generally smaller and installed on the back of every panel, allowing the panels to operate independently which optimises the performance of the solar PV system. These can be a good option for spaces with shading issues.