With the cost of electricity rising[1], being able to produce your own electricity and store it for your own use is quickly becoming a popular, viable solution. If you’ve ever considered installing a PV system on your home, you probably already know that it can be a pretty costly upfront investment. If you get a few quotes from various installers, the different sizes and options can become confusing. There are many types of components that are included in a PV system, such as solar panels and PV inverters, so it’s important to pick the right one that fits your needs. Based on our experience as a solar installation company with more than 20MW of installations in 16 years, we recommend SolarEdge inverters. Here are a few of the reasons why:

How a SolarEdge System Works

All PV inverters are responsible for managing grid interaction and PV production. With traditional string inverters, PV production is managed at the string level. This means that the power production of all of the panels is determined by the weakest performing solar panel in that string. So, when one of your panels gets damaged or dirty, either the performance of all the panels drops, or the lower-performing panels may stop producing all together until the issue is resolved. However, SolarEdge’s DC optimized inverter is different. The SolarEdge solution moves the management to the panel by using power optimizers These power optimizers are responsible for managing the power of each individual panel so that each reaches its own maximum potential regardless of the performance of the other panels.

[1] https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jul/01/australias-high-electricity-prices-the-new-normal-report-says

 

Since each panel operates individually, the SolarEdge system offers more design flexibility in the system layout, making it possible for more roofs to have a PV system. For example, panels can be installed vertically AND horizontally, and on different sides of the roof. This allows for more panels on your roof, meaning more energy at a lower cost-per-watt in the long run.

Safety Features

SolarEdge’s SafeDC™ feature is one of the main reasons we, along with many other PV installers around the world, love SolarEdge – it offers enhanced safety that is embedded into the system without any additional costs! PV systems are safe, but panels are always producing DC voltage whenever there is sunlight, which can be dangerous in the event of a safety hazard, such as a fire. SolarEdge’s SafeDC™ feature is designed to keep your system safe during installation, maintenance, and emergencies, even when the sun is shining.

The SolarEdge Monitoring Platform

SolarEdge’s monitoring platform is another great tool that allows us to view panel-level production and receive alerts for fault detection. This enables us to view your monitoring data online and, if needed, remotely troubleshoot the problem and immediately order replacement parts without disturbing you with a site visit. Below is an example of how we view your system.

 

As a system owner, you are also able to track your PV system’s energy production, as seen in the example below. The system can be viewed either on your computer or via a smartphone app, so you can check your system’s production while on-the-go. The best part about this is that it is free for the system lifetime, at no extra cost to you or us.

Longer Warranties

SolarEdge offers some of the industries’ longest warranties for its products: 25 years for power optimizers, and 12-year warranties for the inverter, with the option to extend to 20 or 25 years. Given the low failure rate for power optimizers and inverters and the longer system warranty, it’s easy to see why so many installers and homeowners choose SolarEdge for this important and long-term investment.

Future-Ready

With all of the new smart home innovations coming out on the market today, wouldn’t you want something that enables you to extend the functionality of your PV system to support smart energy? Perhaps, in the future, you might want to add a storage battery for reduced electricity bills and backup, or other smart energy management tools to increase your energy independence. Whether it’s an energy meter, battery, EV charger, or water heater controller, SolarEdge gives you the freedom to add more components to your future system, whenever you are ready.

Hopefully this gives you some insight as to why we recommend SolarEdge. There are many great reasons for choosing a SolarEdge PV system for your home or business. And for many of these same reasons SolarEdge is a global leader in PV inverters and smart energy solutions.