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Learn About SolarEdge Inverters & Power Optimizers

10 Sep 2015

Posted in Industry News, Residential by Alba Energy

Solar panels produce energy from sunlight in direct current (DC) form, but most homes require alternating current (AC). The process of converting from DC into AC power is called inversion, and is made possible by a piece of solar technology called an inverter.

Alba Energy utilizes SolarEdge Inverters & Power Optimizers on both residential and commercial solar panel installations because they maximize power generation while lowering the cost of energy produced by the photovoltaic (PV) system. Tesla Motors recently announced a partnership with SolarEdge on their new rechargeable lithium-ion battery packs, which further illustrates the company’s bankability.

Below we discuss the SolarEdge technology and the reasons we recommend it on our installations.

SolarEdge Inverters & Power Optimizers

As their name implies, power optimizers are devices that optimize the amount of power delivered from a solar energy system. The SolarEdge power optimizer is a DC/DC converter which is connected to each PV solar panel to increase energy output from PV installations by constantly tracking the maximum power point (MPPT) of each solar panel individually.

Video: How SolarEdge Inverters And Power Optimizers Work With Solar Panels

Benefits of SolarEdge Power Optimizers

Higher Energy Production

Similar to Christmas tree lights, where one failed bulb knocks out an entire string, one underperforming solar module connected to a traditional string inverter will negatively impact the performance of an entire string. SolarEdge Power Optimizers eliminate this issue by allowing each module to perform to the best of its ability at all times, producing more power. Because optimizers allow each panel to operate regardless of the potential shade on another, even in partial shade, optimizers have been found to boost production by 3-5 percent! More power = more savings on your energy bill!

Better Design Flexibility

SolarEdge Power Optimizers enable the best possible rooftop utilization, resulting in more energy and more savings. Are you planning on adding to your array down the road? SolarEdge Power Optimizers allow users to mix and match module types, giving you the option to easily expand your system at a later date.

Online Monitoring In Real-Time

A solar PV system without monitoring would be like a car without a dashboard. How fast are you driving? Do you have enough gas? When should you change the oil? The SolarEdge online monitoring portal provides real-time visibility into the performance of your solar array and is accessible from any computer, smartphone or tablet.

At Alba Energy, we use SolarEdge technology to provide you with more – More energy, more flexibility, more oversight, and more savings!

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