Grid Tie Power Inverters
The grid tie power inverter directly converts DC voltage from your solar panel into AC power for your utilities. Any surplus power that is generated by the solar panel is supplied back to your utility company thereby reducing your electric bills. As a bonus, the grid tie power inverters can be used as a backup battery in case of a utility power failure.
Models of both pure sine wave inverters and grid tie power inverters are technologically advancing at a rapid rate. They are being advanced to perform other functionalities besides converting DC to AC. Manufacturing companies of the two electronic devices are striving to optimize their performance levels e.g. data monitoring, improved utility controls, applications and system design engineering. This means, new models of solar power inverters continue emerging, making it even more tricky in making an informed choice.
To help you choose the most suitable solar power inverter be it pure sine wave or grid tie power inverter, below are some things you should put into consideration before making a purchase.
Understand your needs
Why do you need the inverter and where will you be using it? This question will help you figure out the most suitable solar inverter for you. Manufacturers of both pure sine wave and grid tie solar power inverters print details of where the inverter is to be used on the specification sheet. This coupled with your needs, you can be sure of purchasing the most ideal solar power inverter.
Unless you’re totally new to solar products like panels, inverters, batteries, etc. you can see that prices are dropping all the time. Now you can so much more for your dollar than just a few short years ago. And prices keep dropping. Buying in bulk has never been more affordable or available really.
There’s so many 2nd tier companies buying directly in huge quantities from the manufacturers and selling directly to the public. eBay is a great place to look for deals by these businesses. To give you an idea of how fast the solar fied is growing, Dan Whitten of Solar Energy Industries Association said recently by the end of 2020, the amount of installed solar capacity will be 300 % higher than today. Nationwide, growth was 10 times between 2008 and 2015.
That’s 7 years, not very long at all for any industry and the future looks brighter and brighter as prices fall. Key factors will always depend on the amount of electricity you will need and the number of panels you have installed. And the beauty of today is you have the option of being connected to grid if wanted or you can have a independent stand alone system.
With all the savings of mass production, competition going in to full un impeded growth, the icing on the cake is the Federal discounts available today. Up to 30% of the cost of your system can be picked up by Uncle Sam and it’s supposed to in force til the end of 2021. That is just incredible. There’s another process of cedits given when users supply power to a brokerage maket. This will be the topic of another article.
All in all this is good new for all solar enthusiasts and there’s no time like now to get started or expand an existing system .