Oakland, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/28/2014 -- One of the main decisions that needs to be made when installing solar panels on a home is to choose the micro inverter. The service provider that is chosen will probably make a recommendation based on a relationship they have with a manufacturer, which may not be in the best interest of the homeowner. Industry research shows that Enphase micro inverters are the most reliable and will last the longest. Here are some facts that should be considered:
1.) Enphase micro inverters are safer, since they do not involve high Direct Current Voltage. Enphase micro inverters convert 24 volt DC to two circuits of 120 volt AC right under the solar panel. Hi DC Current Voltage can arc if the circuit is broken, and if broken will create an extreme temperature when it arcs. That is why they call it arc welding. It’s not a good idea to have an arc welder on the roof; too much liability.
2.) Enphase micro inverters are more efficient, one inverter per solar panel. This means that each panel is working at its peak efficiency at all times, not affected by anything happening to the other solar panels and inverters. In addition, it means that the system is easily expanded. If more energy is needed, more panels can be added.
3.) Enphase Inverters come with a free web based monitoring system. String inverter manufacturers charge for their monitoring system, if one is available at all. The Enphase web based monitoring system comes with a personal web site to review the current output and detailed history of the system’s production. If something is not working properly, the home owner and the installer receive an alert via email. It’s not necessary to wait for the electric bill to get a status update.
4.) Enphase Inverters work independently, not affected by the other inverters and solar panels. String inverters string one panel to the next in a series DC connection. If one solar panel is not working or working badly, it affects all of the other solar panels connected to it. What about Christmas tree lights connected in series? One goes out and they all go out. Good luck figuring out which one is not working. The Enphase monitoring system will identify exactly where the issue is on the line.
5.) Enphase inverters come with a 25 year Warranty, not the ten year warranty most other inverters are limited to. The production of one’s solar panels is warrantied for 25 years. String inverters are warrantied for ten years. In the warranty period of an Enphase inverter, one will have to replace one’s string inverter two times, which is a considerable hidden cost that a string inverter seller does not want to discuss.
About Save A Lot Solar
Save A Lot Solar provides solar design and installation for residential and commercial Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems. Our solar designs maximize affordability to create a Solar PV system that pays for itself rapidly and provides free electricity for many years into the future.
They are a North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Certified PV Installer, a mark of quality and competency.
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John P. Orfali
Save a lot Solar
6114 La Salle Avenue, #760
Oakland, CA 94611