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The Place for Micro Inverters

Micro Inverters

Traditionally in a solar power system, a relatively large number of solar panels or modules will be connected to an inverter producing an AC current at "mains" or "grid" voltage. That inverter, together with producing the AC current from the DC current produced by the modules, also has control over the efficiency of the modules. An mppt inverter can do this efficiently but only if all the modules have exactly the same characteristics and are operating under the same conditions.

Micro Inverters are much smaller inverters designed to match to a single panel or module. There are a number of possible benefits.

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This is relatively new technology and only a small number of manufacturers are following this path but production and market share is increasing.