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Safe place to install your solar inverter

March 04, 2022

If you are looking around for solar you should be aware about the key components of a solar PV system. A solar system is made up of several components which combine together to produce electricity, balance the control or flow and maintain the standard of electricity to mount the system to your building. It is essential that all the components are designed to work optimally and that one component does not compromise the performance, safety or life expectancy of the others components. 

Inverter is the crucial component of a solar system. To understand why inverters are an important component we need to get into the functioning of the solar system. It is simple and basic, most of us already know it. Solar panel working out into simple steps:

  • Solar panels absorb the sun’s energy and convert it to Direct Current (DC) electricity. However, DC electricity is unable to power a home or workplace on its own.
  • A Solar Inverter converts DC electricity generated by the solar modules to Alternating Current (AC) electricity, which is required by most appliances.
  • AC electricity flows through the home or workplace, thus powering electronic devices.
  • Excess electricity produced by the solar panels is supplied to the electric grid or batteries for future use.

By understanding the basic workings we come to the conclusion that a solar inverter is more worthy than solar panels. It is important to choose the right kind of inverter which suits your property needs because inverter is the component that is most likely to fail over the lifespan of solar and without an inverter you cannot use the energy generated by the panels. 

 An ideal question a property owner usually asks is what is the best and safe place to install a solar inverter?

Most households or commercials install a string inverter. Let’s look at 5 basic points that can help decide where to place the inverter.  

  • The inverter should not be exposed to direct sunlight as that affects the performance, lifespan and warranty of the solar inverter
  • The solar inverter should be placed in an area that receives proper ventilation
  • The inverter should be protected from varying and severe weather conditions
  • The solar inverter should be placed such that it is easy to maintain and check it regularly 
  • The solar inverter should be placed such that it has free space of 6 inches from all sides.

Install the inverter at a place where Wi-Fi monitoring is possible. 

Connecting your solar system with wifi means being able to remotely monitor the performance of your solar panels, which means your inverter should be placed in the wifi range. This is an amazing smart feature available in the solar inverters and we all love using it. Who wouldn’t like to learn how their solar system is performing? To be able to use this amazing technology, you need to confirm if your inverter is in your wifi range and get it install accordingly

An option of solar inverter cover is available

If the inverters are placed in direct sunlight, their performance can go down and thus an inverter cover option is available. You can install an inverter in direct sunlight and cover it with an inverter cover which shall protect it from the damages it might face. A solar expert can be the best person to guide you through your solar installation, they can help you learn what’s the best place to install an inverter at your property and what angles the panels should be placed on the roof. Speak to one of our SolarBridge consultants to learn more about installing solar Pv system at your property.