Is an inverter upgrade for you?
Many homeowners have benefited from upgrading their PV system inverter. There are a number of different reasons to take that step, but an upgrade may not be for everyone. Please see below some reasons an upgrade could be appropriate for you.
If you decide to move forward with an upgrade, please scroll down for details of UK solar and renewables industry organisations for help locating an accredited installer.
Reasons to Upgrade
Inverter or System Failure
If your PV system is showing signs of failure or underperformance and is out of warranty, it could be the right time to consider an upgrade. If that is the case, an accredited solar PV installer should check the entire installation for physical or other types of damage. Following the inspection, the installer should check the inverter’s uptime and warranty, and use the current monitoring system (if present) to pinpoint any problems.
Expanding PV System Functionality
An upgrade to a SolarEdge inverter gives you the opportunity to expand the functionality of your PV system with any of the following elements:
Increasing Your FiT Revenue
By choosing a more efficient inverter, more of your solar energy is converted into electrical energy and even a small percentage can have a significant impact on its output. In recent years, inverter efficiency, has increased, from about 93% to around 97%. SolarEdge’s inverter with HD-Wave technology has 99% weighted efficiency. If your PV system is registered under the Feed in Tariff (FiT) scheme, increasing the efficiency of your solar system and, hence the amount of electrical energy it is producing, gives you the potential to sell more power back into the grid
In a standard PV system, mismatches between individual modules (solar panels) cause power losses across the whole system. In a SolarEdge installation, each PV module is connected to a power optimiser, which maximises solar energy production from each module. If an individual module underperforms, it will not affect the performance of the others. This maximises your energy production and again, potentially provides more energy that can be sold into the grid.