Micro Inverters

There are a variety of microinverters on the market, however the Enphase Microinverter offers a number of unique advantages. We have clients all over the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury who have chosen the Enphase technology for the benefits it offers over traditional inverters.

One of the most significant of these is that it provides your system with stability and reliability by enabling each of your panels to work independently. This means that if the performance of one panel is compromised, the rest of the system will still continue to work to capacity.

This is different to a traditional string inverter. As the name implies, a string inverter treats a group of panels as if it were one large panel strung together. The downside of a string inverter is that your solar system will always perform at the strength of the worst performing panel. This means that any problems with one or two of panels cause poor performance across the entire string.

And these problems don’t need to be complex – they’re often as simple as shade, bird droppings, dust, shadows from chimneys or other structures, and even power lines – and all in abundance in the Blue Mountains! But they can have a large impact. It’s not only the affected panel that suffers an output loss – it’s all of the panels in that string. The result? Your panels just aren’t working at capacity.

But with the Enphase Microinverter, the majority of your system will remain operational in the unlikely event that something does go wrong with one panel or microinverter.

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Your inverter is the heart and brain of your solar system. It converts the direct current (DC) generated by your solar panels to alternating current (AC).

A microinverter, such as the Enphase Microinverter, is a small inverter designed to suit each individual solar panel on your roof. When the solar panels capture the sun’s rays, it’s your microinverter that converts those rays into electricity.

Why choose Enphase?

  • Reduced maintenance and repair costs. The Enphase Microinverter is easier to fix than a string inverter. As it enables each panel to work independently, it’s simpler to identify any performance failure. This is unlike a traditional inverter, where problems can be more difficult to diagnose and repair.
  • Increased performance = lower electricity bills. While traditional inverters operate at the level of the lowest performing panel, the fact that Enphase Microinverters ensure each panel performs independently means that your energy production will be far higher, reducing your reliance on grid electricity. It’s said that, even with no shade, a microinverter will outperform a traditional inverter system by 20%.
  • Remote support from E-Smart Solar As your installer, we provide ongoing fleet management. This means that we generate monthly performance reports on each microinverter’s activity, as well as update your firmware remotely.
  • Your own (powerful) monitoring system. It’s not a bolt-on and forget system – every Enphase Microinverter comes with MyEnlighten, simple software designed to help you engage with your system performance. It lets you track your daily energy usage (consumption and production), identify any potential trouble areas (a system status indicator lets you know of any issues and troubleshooting tips), and share your data.
  • Faster return on investment. Building on the increased performance outlined above, having your system always working at maximum efficiency means that you’ll enjoy more power and less bill shock.
  • Additional safety features. Because they are attached to a single panel, your Enphase Microinverter operates at a relatively low point of power. This is unlike a string inverter that relies on a high-risk, high-voltage cable system.
  • Long-term reliability and 10-year warranty Enphase is the industry leader in inverter technology. And the Enphase Microinverters are the result of incredibly refined design and testing (over 1 million hours of reliability testing alone!), which is why they offer a 10-year warranty. You’ll enjoy peace of mind and industry leading reliability.
  • Environmentally-friendly The Clean Energy Council of Australia has listed Enphase Microinverters as approved renewable energy equipment, so you know you’re making an ecologically-positive decision.
  • Easily expandable. As your needs change, your system can, too. With Enphase Microinverters, you can install additional panels down the track without having to worry about:
    • Matching the inverter size to the existing panel array
    • Matching the panels to an existing string, or
    • Replacing the inverter.
  • Design flexibility Design of your panel array is key to the performance of your system. We take a number of factors into account, including:
    • Building orientation and size
    • Roof angles
    • Surrounding structures
    • How much electricity you use, and more.
    • This lets us design a system that will give you the best return.

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