The Good, Bad, and The Dirty of Solar Inverters (And Bonus – The Best)

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What is a solar inverter? And why does it matter? The solar inverter is the contraption on a solar system that converts Direct Current (DC) power into Alternating Current (AC). That is important because your solar system produces DC power, but your home, business or house of faith runs on AC power. In fact, the entire US power grid runs on AC power.

So if inverters just convert the DC power to AC, is there a difference between them? And if so, why should I care? My answer to that is yes there is a difference, and YES – YOU SHOULD CARE!!! Why? Do you own a cell phone? What if I told you I could sell you a cell phone with all the bells and whistles we’ve come to expect, but it had three battery options; one works well most of the time, but would randomly shut off, another that works all the time, but only has a 2 hour battery life, and the third that works all the time and had a 12 hour battery life. Which one would you want? What if they all cost the same price? I think you would choose the one that worked all the time with the longest battery life.

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