You can choose between grid-tied or off-grid inverters, and select the type of solar inverter that best pairs with your solar system. The three most common types are string inverters, string inverters with optimizers, and microinverters. String inverters are usually the most cost-effective option, while string inverters with optimizers and microinverters often come at a higher cost but offer more flexibility. To gain a deeper understanding of the different types of inverters and their features, contact one of our team.
String inverters have a single core function: convert the DC power of the solar panels into AC power, then send that electricity into the home circuit grid. They are the most simple and cost-effective of the solar inverter options. They are ideal for grid-tied solar systems.
Hybrid inverters are smart inverters. They are able to convert DC power into AC power just like string inverters, but they are also able to manage multiple streams of electricity and intelligently send those streams where they need to go, such as to critical appliances, solar batteries, or back to the grid. They are the more advanced version of solar inverters and are ideal for hybrid or hybrid + backup solar systems.
An off-grid inverter is used in solar systems that have no connection to the electrical grid. The off-grid inverter gets DC electricity from the solar panels or battery storage and converts it into AC power for home use.