Inverters are the most important and necessary component of your solar system.

They convert the direct current (DC) generated from solar panels into alternating current (AC) that you can use in your home or business.

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The quality of the inverter you select can have an impact on the performance and longevity of your system. As such, there can be significant price discrepancies between cheap inverters and top of the line models.

The inverter is the most important part of your solar system and often overlooked to concentrate on solar panels. It’s the smarts of your solar system and does the heavy work to allow you to use your own generation.

The appliances in your home run on AC, not DC, which is why the solar inverter must change the DC output that is collected by your solar panels. The inverter receives the DC power, converts it to AC power and sends it to your distribution box.

From here is can then be delivered to the home or business to power all of the appliances as needed. From the distribution box, the excess power is then sent back into the grid.

Inverters can be a single point of connection that manages the DC power from all your solar panels, or micro-inverters, which are attached to each individual solar panel. Inverters come in a range of sizes, depending on how many solar panels you install as well as 1-phase or 3-phases.

Like solar panels, the Clean Energy Council has an approved list of inverters that meet the standards required of the National Electricity Market.

A good inverter will generally last about 10 – 15 years, while the panels should last 25+ years. So expect that you will need to upgrade your inverter at least once over the life of the system.

You can read about the solar inverters Huglo Solar chooses to install here.

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