Tag Archives: Micro-Inverter

Knowledge is Power: Micro Inverters!

What factors do you consider when you’re comparing quotes to install a system? Probably a number of things- electricity savings, system size, total cost, to name a few. But what about inverters? Or more specifically, micro inverters? Truth is, some of the most significant technological innovations in residential solar have been in the field of […]

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Efficient Inverters to Hit US Market in 2012

As we’ve discussed in the past on this blog, there are a number of ways in which the US solar market is changing- declining panel prices, volatile state SREC markets, and innovative incentive programs are just a few examples. However,a recent announcement from REFU Solar Electronics, or REFUsol, a German manufacturer that specializes in solar inverter technology, […]

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Solar Energy Monitoring Systems – The Next Big Thing in Solar?

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If micro-inverters are the current craze in the solar industry, then solar energy monitoring systems will be the next big thing. Micro-inverters (and other parallel technology) were given lots of attention because they can increase the efficiency of a system by up to as much as 10%-20%. Similarly, solar electricity systems that are hooked up to monitoring systems have a […]

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Maximizing Residential Solar Panel System Performance

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We recently attended the Intersolar North America conference in San Francisco and spent some time talking with installers, distributors, and manufacturers about ways to maximize system performance for residential solar energy installations. When it comes to shading, residential solar installations tend to be more affected than utility scale or commercial scale installations.  Whether it’s a tree […]

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The Future of Residential Solar Energy

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As I’ve watched the residential solar energy market for the past year I’ve often wondered where it is heading. Who will emerge as the dominant players?  Will the panel manufacturers ultimately control the industry or will those on the leasing and finance side?  How will rebates look in years to come?  Will the federal and local governments […]

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Is A Micro-Inverter Right For You

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Micro-inverters are all the buzz in residential solar right now.  This post will help you understand the pros and cons of traditional inverters vs. micro-inverters. As mentioned on our Solar 101 Technology page, solar panels produce a direct current (DC) which needs to be inverted into an alternating current (AC) before it is able to be […]

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