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What is a Solar Panel Micro Inverter?
February 25, 2022 at 10:30 PM
Image of homes with solar panels micro inverters.

When you start researching solar panels for your home, you’re immediately steeped in the complexities of the technology and array installation. Even for the most DIY-driven individual, purchasing and installing solar panels requires specialized knowledge. There are many opportunities for things to go wrong. Even working with a less-experienced solar company can result in a solar array that doesn’t optimize the savings and energy creation for your property. One of the most crucial aspects of an array is the solar panel microinverter. Solar Switch brings years of expertise and experience to our clients. Learn more about solar panel microinverters and their importance in solar arrays.

Is the solar inverter separate from the panel itself?

When you’re planning on installing a solar array to generate renewable energy for your home, you may not realize the complexity of the system. While the panels are the most visible part of the system, innovative technology supplies the generated electricity to your home. It can even return excess energy you don’t use to the power grid.

The inverter is separate from the panels themselves. Just like there are many different types of solar panels, there’s a wide variety of inverter types on the market. Installing the ideal pairing of inverter and panel takes specialized knowledge and experience, just one reason why trying to DIY solar installation isn’t recommended.


Solar panels from above. Looking for patterns on my doorstep during lock down and social distancing.

What does an inverter do?

Solar panels generate electricity that is direct current (DC). However, your household runs on alternative current (AC). One crucial piece of equipment is responsible for taking the solar-generated power and putting it into the correct current––the inverter.

The inverter is essentially the component that makes it possible to use the electricity your solar panels create. There are many types of inverters, each optimized for different solar arrays depending on the energy generated and the output needed.

What are the different types of inverters?

Since solar panels first became available for residences, there have been considerable advancements in inverter technology. There are three common types of inverters used today:

  • String inverters: this inverter treats a solar panel as a single panel. They’re affordable, which makes them popular, but there are downsides. The main issue is a problem with a single panel that will affect the energy output of the entire array.
  • Microinverters: this type is installed close to the panel, allowing the panels to function independently of each other. If one of the panels fails or needs repair, the rest of the array can function optimally.
  • Central inverters: Between string and microinverters are central inverters. They’re affordable and efficient but also bulky, noisy, and have the same downsides as string inverters in that one broken panel will affect the entire array.

The experts at Solar Switch will help you find the ideal inverter for your needs and your custom array. Making the switch to solar energy is great for the environment. Picking the right panel and inverters ensures that green energy will also be great for your home and wallet.

Work with Solar Switch to learn about solar power for your home and have experts install your solar panel microinverter.

Solar Switch educates customers about the benefits of solar energy, as well as how to optimize solar energy for your property. By tailoring every array we install, we’re able to deliver industry-leading utility savings to our clients. As solar technology continues to evolve, Solar Switch stays current with developments. We’re able to offer our customers energy-generating solutions for decades to come. Help the environment while saving money and generating reliable, consistent energy on your rooftop.

We bring years of expertise to every customer, from initial consultation through installation. Our teams are detail-oriented in every aspect, including using the optimized solar panel micro inverter for your array.