While there are many circumstances where these devices make a lot of sense, in many cases, it is not money well spent.
You might be asking yourself: “Who benefits from microinverter and DC optimizer technology and who doesn’t?”
The answer to this question isn’t complicated and can be reached by simply asking yourself: How will shade and a broken up roof affect my solar system’s electrical output over time?
This will help you determine if the investment in microinverter and the technology risk, over time, is worth it.
For example, if you happen to have a large open roof surface (or area to ground mount your solar panels) that has absolutely no shade whatsoever, chances are quite good that the marginal number of additional kilowatt hours you receive from optimizing solar panels individually simply won’t be worth it.
A solidly built and reliable ‘string’ inverter from a tier one manufacturer, like SMA, will do the job just as well for less money.
Plus, it will have only one point of failure instead of many.
If, on the other hand, the location you’d like to install your solar panels is partially to heavily shaded and/or broken up – think of a roof with lots of small surfaces but no big surface – then it’s likely you’ll receive tremendous benefit from the use of microinverters or DC optimizers.
In situations such as these, individual panel optimization can pay big dividends both in the short and long term.
Before you let a solar company take you down one road or the other, be sure to understand your installation’s shading characteristics and the congruity (or incongruity) of the area where you intend to install the solar modules.
To understanding roof characteristics!
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Have one of our Solar Energy Consultants come give you a custom solar design and proposal. Our consultants are trained to look at roof spacing and shading characteristics. This way they can design a system that’s right for you – wether or not that includes individual panel optimization.