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3 tips to keep your inverter humming for a long time.

An inverter is an important element of a solar power system. As you may or may not know the inverter turns DC (direct current) produced by solar panels or wind turbines into AC (Alternating Current) which our household appliances need. The inverter acts like a conversion device and its important to keep the unit functioning properly to get the most juice out of your system. Inverters typically have at least a 10 year manufacturer warranty, the following tips can keep your inverter running in tip top condition for many years. 1. Don’t mount the inverter in places with direct sunlight – its important to keep the inverter cool, therefore the best places to mount the inverter would be your garage or the side of the house that is shaded or not directly in the sun. The last thing you want to do is bake your inverter in the beating sun. 2. Outdoor enclosure – If you decide to mount your inverter outside in the shade it is important to put inverter in a waterproof enclosure. You can buy enclosures at any electrical supply store. You want to make sure the inverter stays dry at all times, it can be very dangerous to allow the inverter to get wet. EDIT: thanks the to reader comment to improve the quality of this post, I should of been more specific here. Some inverters need a to be put in a enclosures while most have weatherproof casing around them, which would not require an enclosure. It depends on the inverter if you need an enclosure or not. 3. Use Compatible equipment – many times people destroy inverters because they using incompatible equipment. For example if you buy a 1kW (kilowatt) inverter don’t try to plug in 1.5kW (kilowatts) of solar panels, overloading an inverter will destroy it. If the inverter is made for solar panels, don’t plug in a wind turbine or a combination of solar and wind. Also grid-tied inverters are not compatible with a battery backup bank. Read the instruction manual before you purchase an inverter so you know what is compatible. Also make sure you use the proper size wiring that is recommended in the owners manual. EDIT: Overloading an inverter could destroy it. Again depending on the type of inverter. Some inverters will just decrease in performance when you exceed the rated watts, although some inverters will get damaged. Also something to consider, if you go over the rated wattage, will the manufacturer honor the warranty if something goes...

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Say hello to Mirco-Inverters

Buzz going around solar town is there is a new “micro-inverter” on the street made by Enphase. Cool! Before I even go into what an micro-inverter” is lets start off with the basics. An inverter in general coverts the DC (direct current) power produced by solar panels into AC power (alternating current). Basically, AC power is what most of our appliances run on. So, the inverter plays a critical in your solar power system. Traditionally, solar power systems have a series of solar panels connected to an inverter. So if an inverter goes down, that whole series goes down with it. So how is a micro-inverter different? The major difference is instead of having a series of panels connected to one inverter, a mirco-inverter connects to each panel. It means, your system performance will greatly increase because: maximizes the harvesting capabilites of each solar panel in the array. increases the reliability of the solar power system. simplifies the installation process. solar panels performs better in shady conditions, and is resiliant to dirt and bird poop. Awesome innvotation continues in renewable energy industry, people are really thinking of some out of the box soltuions to problems down to the installtion level. The solar power industry is heading to mass adoption like a bullet...

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What the heck is an inverter?

Without an inverter, it would not be possible to turn the energy produced by a solar panel or wind turbine into energy we can use. The primary purpose of a renewable energy inverter is to convert DC into AC power. Our everyday appliances use AC power, therefore the inverter is a very important part in the overall design of a renewable energy power generation system.

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