Getting to Know Your Inverter

Grid-tie inverter

These inverters are reliant on what is called a grid reference, without something like the national grid or a generator, these systems will shutdown.  These systems are designed to lower the average annual energy-related costs of the building they are installed on by generating power when there is sunlight.  The shutdown of these systems during such events as load shedding is a safety requirement. The advantage of this technology is the ability to feed power to the grid, often named a “feed in tariff”.

Intelligent hybrid inverter 

A best-of-both-worlds solution, the advantage of a hybrid inverter system is that it can seamlessly switch between a supply of energy received from the national grid, solar PV-generated power or battery back-up storage. These inverters are often scalable and a system can be expanded over time.  This can be to address the increased power demands, the need for greater storage or the desire to increase power generation from PV.  These inverters also have capability to operate as a grid tie system in many circumstances, allowing the owner to take advantage of the “feed in tariff”.  A hybrid setup solution is the great step towards control of your own power, or energy independence. 

As with any proposed inverter system installation, it’s imperative that you consider a service provider able to offer you both peace of mind in terms of reputation for quality and after-sales support, but also the relevant safety and compliance certification. 

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