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6.24 kW Grid Tied Solar System with Enphase IQ7A Microinverters and 16x Heliene 390w PanelsSKU: 1894406$10,535.00
6.4 kW Grid Tied Solar System with Enphase IQ7+ Microinverters and 20x Heliene 320w PanelsSKU: 1895321$10,873.20
What is a micro-inverter?
A micro-inverter is an inverter that pairs with a single solar panel to manage the DC-to-AC power inversion for that individual panel.
In micro-inverter systems, there is no centralized inverter. Instead, each panel is hooked up to its own micro-inverter.
Pros and Cons of Micro-Inverters
Each panel and micro-inverter pairing is essentially a self-contained single-panel solar electric system. This means that panels can be built in any configuration or orientation, and micro-inverter systems can be as small or as large as you need them to be.
Micro-inverters monitor and regulate the output of the solar panel they are connected to. If a panel is under-producing, you can easily flip that panel on or off to troubleshoot or replace it, without affecting the rest of the array.
Micro-inverters also allow you to start with a small-scale system that matches your budget, then expand down the road.
If you want to start with a single solar panel, that’s completely doable with micro-inverters. You’ll start saving money immediately, since solar is cheaper than buying power from the utility, and you’ll be negating a portion of your bill. Later down the line, you can scale the system up to offset 100% of your household energy usage.
The tradeoff for this convenience is that micro-inverters are the most expensive option on a cost-per-watt basis. Once you scale into larger-scale systems, string inverters (with or without optimizers) are more cost-effective than micro-inverter systems.
Learn More About Micro-Inverters
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