A SolarEdge Inverter Spec Sheet from Go Solar Group
Record-breaking efficiency, excellent warranty and inverter-power customized to the complexity of your home. Welcome to SolarEdge Single Phase Inverters.
SolarEdge power optimizers have a weighted efficiency of 98.8 percent, and their inverter has a weighted efficiency of 99 percent. When combined, these products allow customers to get the most out of their solar array.
A Product Warranty to Match Your Panels
Although residential panels will last 25 plus years, other parts of the system may not. A good warranty will save money and hassle.
The SolarEdge Inverter has a 12-year warranty. SolarEdge also offers an extended warranty for up to 25 years. SolarEdge’s power optimizers are warrantied for 25 years.
SolarEdge: An Inverter for the Complicated Roof
Not all roofs have enough space to string four panels in the same direction. Available space on some homes makes using a traditional string inverter a challenge. That’s why your friendly neighborhood solar installer has found an inverter just for you.
SolarEdge Inverters and Grid-tied Solar
Most homes are grid-tied, which means when the sun isn't out the local utility powers the home. Although a common method, there are some drawbacks to grid-tided solar.
One of these drawbacks is that solar panels are not allowed to be on during an outage. SolarEdge inverters have arc fault protection and rapid shutdown to comply with safety standards.
Two things set the SolarEdge apart from other string inverters. These include the HD wave and power optimizers.
Monitoring solar production is one of the selling points of the SolarEdge. Its monitoring system can track production at the modular level.
Meaning the monitoring portal looks at each solar panel. Individual solar panel monitoring allows installers to diagnose possible system issues with ease.
The monitoring app also gives customers security. They have the assurance that their array is correctly producing electricity.
SolarEdge Monitoring Portal Setup
After the solar array has been installed, approved and a new meter is in place, it is time to set up the monitoring portal. Go Solar Group starts the registration process. An e-mail is then sent to the customer so they can finish the process.
Once the customer has received the e-mail, they need to click the link, in the e-mail, and fill out the registration form.
After the registration form is filled out and confirmed click the login bottom to make sure it works.
SolarEdge has a great step-by-step manual to help customers navigate the portal and set-up personal preferences.
What the Monitoring Portal Offers
The monitoring portal gives customers the ability to view the production of their system. It shows the production of the solar array, where this energy is going and the home’s energy consumption. These energy reports can be seen in a day, week, month and year view.
The portal can also match the customer’s utility billing cycle. To increase the accessibility of this monitoring system customers can download a free app on their Apple or Android devices.
One of the reasons that Go Solar Group has decided to use SolarEdge is the inverter’s minimal complaint history. However, there are a couple of common questions that customers have.
The main concern for SolarEdge inverters is the ability to view real-time production. Most of the SolarEdge inverters don’t have an LCD screen, which prevents them from providing real-time data.
Because solar inverters, that have Wi-Fi enabled production, experience lots of connection issues, SolarEdge does not offer a real-time monitoring program. Instead, the portal receives measurement data through power lines.
To see current data and compare it to the portal data, customers need to load the SetApp to their smartphone. Once they have the app, they can look at their inverter in real-time. Just press view only, scan the QR code on the inverter and establish a Wi-Fi connection between the app and the inverter.
Because Solar Edge's monitoring doesn't give real-time data, Go Solar Group uses the Neurio to monitor solar production. The Neurio is a third-party solar monitoring system. It connects to the home's electrical panel and gives real-time data via WiFi to the Neurio home energy monitoring system.
If a customer has forgotten their password, they can click forgot password. An e-mail will then be sent to reset their password. To avoid forgetting passwords, write the password down and keep it in a labeled safe place.
Turning off the Wi-Fi will disconnect the inverter from the monitoring portal. The inverter will reconnect once the Wi-Fi is back on.
Inverters with LCD screens will have a "S_OK" message. Inverters without an LCD screen will have a shining blue light.
There are several different reasons why a solar module may be producing less than the rest. The common possibilities include transportation damage, the orientation of the panel, shading, dirt build-up, manufacturing tolerance and temperature mismatch. If solar panels are not performing the way they should, please contact Go Solar Group; we will determine the issue.
SolarEdge Inverter Competitor Comparison
There are several solar inverters on the market right now, which one to use is dependent on the needs of the customer.
Go Solar Group has decided to use the SolarEdge as its solar inverter of choice. We value its compliance with the most recent electric code, decreased monitoring issues, design flexibility and modular monitoring capabilities.
However, this inverter may not be the best fit for every customer. Here are a couple of things to consider before deciding on an inverter.
Types of Solar Inverters
Two solar inverter types dominate the solar market. These include string and microinverters.
Microinverters are mini inverters attached to each solar panel. Inverted current moves from each solar panel to the home.
String inverters have a ground-level installation process; making them easier to access. The direct current from the solar panels transmits to the inverter, where the current gets inverted to alternating current, and used in the home. Solar arrays with string inverters experience more impact from the shade and limited space than microinverters.
SolarEdge inverters are string inverters with optimizers; making them a hybrid inverter. Optimizers attach to each solar panel, which boosts the efficiency of each solar panel; Increasing monitoring capabilities and decreasing issues with shading and limited space.
SolarEdge Inverter Prices
Prices differ between inverter brands. However, string inverters are often the cheapest.
String inverters are cheaper because they don’t require as much equipment and time to install. However, sting inverters are also less efficient and have shorter warranties.
Both microinverters and optimizer-enhanced string inverters are expensive. However, microinverters are the most expensive, because optimizers aren't as labor-intensive.