What’s an Inverter?
Inverters convert the electricity created by your solar panels (DC, or direct current) into electricity that can be used by the plugs in your house (AC, or alternating current). When you have solar panels installed on your roof, you’ll also get an inverter as part of your system. Here’s more information on how solar inverters work.
Based in Germany, SMA is the world leader in solar inverter technology. SMA inverters have industry-leading efficiencies of 98%, and they’re reliable and easy to use.* Their latest inverters use innovative technologies– OptiTrac and H5-Topology– to make the machines even more efficient. The more efficient an inverter, the more energy you’ll be getting from each ray of sunshine that hits your solar panels. SMA’s “Sunny Boy” line of inverters is made for home use, and works with grid-tied solar panels.
Along with an inverter, homeowners usually use some type of monitoring system to see how their solar system is performing. SMA provides a free web-based service called the “Sunny Portal” that stores your data and shows you info about your solar system’s output and how much CO2 you’ve offset. You can view the website from anywhere in the world, and it’s updated daily as often as you choose. SMA offers some other options for monitoring, too, like a small LCD display that you can set on your desk, which accesses data from your inverter wirelessly.
* This is based on information from solartechonline.com.