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Inverters

ReneSola introduces new line of microinverters for the US market

September 12, 2012
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ReneSola, a leading manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules, has introduced a line of microinverters, according to a media statement from the company. The Micro RePlus microinverters are intended both for installation as stand-alone units or integration into solar panels at the factory. Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about it Print for […]

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SolarBridge Technologies: Microinverters for AC solar panels

August 17, 2012
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SolarBridge Technologies is a US-based company whose mission is to facilitate uptake of rooftop solar photovoltaics (PV) by reducing its complexity and improving its cost-efficiency, developing and manufacturing reliable, high-quality AC microinverters for integration with solar panels. Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about it Print for later Tell a friend Related PostsHome battery […]

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Solar power storage solutions: Beyond batteries

May 30, 2012
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The development of affordable storage solutions for solar power or other renewable energy sources such as wind will change the nature of electricity generation and distribution as we know it. Most people think of wind and solar power storage (usually in the form of batteries) as a technology primarily for use in off-grid/stand-alone solar power systems. However, a […]

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Enecsys microinverters in Australia

April 3, 2012
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Enecsys microinverters are an innovative technology that offer a revolutionary approach to solar PV system design and installation. Instead of having a conventional, centralised solar inverter, Enecsys microinverters are attached directly to the back of solar panels, thereby avoiding one of the most common issues in conventional solar arrays: efficiency loss in an entire ‘string’ of […]

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SMA inverters in Australia

April 2, 2012
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SMA solar inverters are the industry standard for the global solar PV industry. The SMA catalogue boasts a range of inverters for all applications: small-scale, residential, commercial, and utility. The company has a sterling reputation for producing reasonably-priced but high-quality products, and for its dedication to excellence in customer service. Additionally, with a presence in […]

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Power-one Aurora Solar Inverters

March 8, 2012
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Power-One is an Italy-based company that manufactures a range of power conversion and management products, and is well-known in the solar PV industry for its quality solar inverters for residential and commercial solar applications–especially its Aurora inverter line. The company was established in 1973, and began producing components for renewable energy systems in 2006. The Power-One solar catalogue […]

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Growatt Solar Inverters in Australia

February 8, 2012
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Growatt is one of the most prolific solar inverter brands in Australia, with a reputation for affordability. The company manufactures grid-connect inverters for a range of residential and commercial solar power system sizes. Founded in 2010, Growatt has recently founded its Australian subsidiary, Growatt Australia Pty Ltd. The company’s Australian office is in Melbourne. IMPORTANT […]

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Fronius Inverter Promotion: 20-year Warranty Available for Half Price

January 30, 2012
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Fronius, one of the world’s leading solar inverter manufacturers, has announced a special promotion for the company’s 20th anniversary as an electronics manufacturer. Under the promotion, customers are eligible for a 50% discount on 20-year warranty extensions for all inverters installed between 1 January 2012 and 31 December 2012. Warranties can be purchased through Fronius Installation […]

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Nedap’s PowerRouter: Smart inverters for on- and off-grid solar PV systems

January 13, 2012
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The PowerRouter is an innovative inverter/energy management system that broadens the range of options for using power from small-scale electricity generators such as solar PV systems, giving solar- and wind-powered homes and businesses more independence from the grid. Unlike conventional grid-connect inverters, the PowerRouter allows households and businesses with batteries the option of storing solar […]

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Fronius Inverters in Australia: Inverters for all applications

December 8, 2011
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Fronius is an international company with a 65 year history in the manufacture of welding equipment and nearly two decades of experience with solar inverters and other devices for monitoring and controlling energy, including battery chargers. Fronius inverters are suitable for a wide range of applications, including residential solar and commercial solar projects. Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet […]

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Samil Power Inverters in Australia

October 28, 2011
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    Samil Power is a solar inverter manufacturer with production plants in China and sales offices in Australia, Germany, UK, Italy, France, USA and China. The company specialises in all aspects of design, innovation, manufacture, promotion and service of photovoltaic grid-tied inverters. Samil makes a range of high-tech solar inverters for residential and commercial solar applications and has […]

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SMA Sunny Boy 2100TL inverters now available in Australia

October 17, 2011
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    SMA Sunny Boy 2100TL inverters, part of SMA’s transformerless inverter range, are now available in Australia. The vast majority of the solar installers in the Solar Choice installer network offer SMA products as a primary or standard option in their installations, and the addition of the 200TL will allow increased flexibility and options […]

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Off-grid solar power system in Sydney’s Western Suburbs

September 27, 2011
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Nev and Linda Sweeney have been living on their 500-square-meter suburban plot in Sydney’s St Clair Suburb since the early 1980s, and have been trying to live sustainably using the resources on their land for almost just as long. Their approach includes innovative energy generation and efficiency strategies (including off-grid as well as grid-connected solar […]

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Types of solar inverter efficiency

August 8, 2011
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        There are three numbers you will come across when considering purchasing a solar inverter based on its efficiency: peak efficiency, Euro (η) efficiency, and CEC efficiency. Which one is most important when considering which inverter to buy? Many people look only at peak efficiency, but the truth is that this number […]

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EnaSolar: Web-monitored solar inverters from NZ

August 4, 2011
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  EnaSolar manufactures a range of solar inverters for the residential solar market. Their inverters are some of the most innovative available on the market, with built-in, comprehensive solar system monitoring capabilities. This enables you, your installer, and the manufacturer to prevent issues in your system from growing into crises. Throughout Australia, Enasolar’s brand and reputation […]

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Solar power grid price parity through BoS cost reductions

May 12, 2011
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In a previous Solar choice blog entry, we discussed the meaning of grid price parity (or grid parity) and why it is such an important goal in the solar power industry. In a nutshell, once solar power becomes price-competitive with other, conventional forms of power generation, then it will only be a matter of time […]

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Residential Solar System Warranties: What to look for, what to watch out for

May 9, 2011
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When thinking about installing a residential solar power system, it is important to carefully consider the types and durations of the warranties offered by solar system installers. This article explains the differences between the types of warranties that may be available to you when shopping around for a solar photovoltaic system for your home. (Get […]

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Oversizing your solar PV system’s inverter for future array expansion

May 4, 2011
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Some households and businesses, when considering whether to install a solar power system, are tempted to oversize their inverter with the idea of later expanding their solar panel array to fill it out. Generally, this is not an approach that we recommend, but Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about it Print for later […]

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Making an informed decision-Questions to ask yourself when considering solar power

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We here at Solar Choice are regularly asked about not only technical issues related to solar power, but also about which Installers are the most reputable and dependable. Even before considering these very critical points, there is the important issue of deciding if Solar Electricity is the right investment for your home and energy security. […]

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Queensland floods and solar power arrays: safety and precautions

January 21, 2011
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The cataclysmic flooding in Queensland has devastated individuals and communities, taking and ruining lives, and leaving large sections of cities and towns underwater. As the flood waters recede and people survey the damage, there are a few things to keep in mind for those who have roof-mounted solar power systems. Most importantly, solar panels continue […]

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Feeding Solar Power Back To The Grid

January 10, 2011
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Feeding Solar Power back into the electricity network is the job of your inverter. We have talked about sizing your inverter and how the location of your solar power panels can effect the costs of installing a solar power system. One of the concerns we have come across is “Impedance”; this is also an important […]

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Solar Powered Stand Alone Power Systems: Ways to minimize cost!

November 19, 2010
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There are several components to designing a Solar Powered stand alone power system and thus there are several ways to minimize the cost of the system! This article will talk about each component how it is sized and what your options are in each case. Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about it Print […]

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Inverters for Stand Alone Solar Powered Systems

November 17, 2010
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When you decide that you want to power your entire home from solar power one of the decisions that installers make is the size of the inverter this is the one of the most important pieces in the puzzle and its pretty important to know how to size it. Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin […]

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Using direct current to power devices in off-grid solar PV systems

September 13, 2010

Off-grid solar systems tend to require significantly more caution, care, and maintenance than grid-connected systems, where you can plug in and use any appliance you want without having to think about the consequences. The reason for this is that AC (alternating current, as opposed to DC, direct current) is the electricity flow type of choice in […]

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Getting Grid-Connected in your State or Territory

August 23, 2010
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You are a faced with a slight conundrum:  you’re considering installing a solar energy system (photovoltaic or PV) in your home and you want to get connected to the grid but you’re not sure where to start. Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about it Print for later Tell a friend Related PostsSolar power […]

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Frequently Asked Questions!

August 5, 2010
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We get asked a lot of questions and sometimes the answers just remain on the page of the article and it is hard for others to keep track of them, so we have decided to summarize some of the key questions we have faced here is a summary of answers to frequently asked questions. Recommend […]

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Sunny Boy visits Solar Choice

July 14, 2010
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Solar Choice is committed to expanding our knowledge base, and sharing that culture of knowledge with you. While we work with a wide range of installers who use a wide variety of inverters, we also strive to learn as much as we can about the products they install. Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet […]

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Conventional and Transformerless Inverters

June 12, 2010
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Our earlier article, ˜Solar Panel Installations are changing!‘ discussed the modern evolution of solar technology. As noted, one big change that may increase efficiency and lower costs is the shift from conventional inverters to transformerless (TL) models. Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about it Print for later Tell a friend Related PostsCould distributed […]

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Solar Panel System Design and Reliability for non-grid-connected systems

April 28, 2010
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One of the biggest decisions for any engineer when designing a system is reliability. However, you don’t have to be an engineer to design your own Solar Energy Panel system. Well, not after you read about these system design tips! Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about it Print for later Tell a friend […]

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