Deciding to power your home with solar can be one of the most important decisions you make for yourself and the environment. Nonrenewable energy prices are constantly fluctuating because they rely on supply and demand. But solar makes your home energy-independent, so you’re not subject to these price changes. In addition, Our World in Data explains that solar leaves a carbon footprint hundreds of times smaller than that of fossil fuels. And within three years of operation, your system will become carbon neutral.

If you have decided to go solar or are considering it, one of the best choices is to use microinverters for your system. Reportlinker.com projects that the global solar microinverter market will grow at a CAGR of 17.8% and it will be worth $7.4 billion by 2028. A large part of this growth is due to the numerous benefits you can get from using microinverters in your own home. And without further ado, here are some of those benefits…

Safety

Before microinverters, solar panels used to be connected in a series called strings. Strings result in higher voltage direct current (DC), which can reduce energy losses. However, a high voltage DC in a string can reach up to 1,000 to 1,500 V. If this number arcs, it can be a fire hazard. A post on microinverters by Hoymiles explains that they help to isolate modules, which carry 40 V, which significantly lowers the risk of fires. It can also be monitored relatively easily on a module level to detect potential problems immediately.

Cost-effectiveness

String inverters tend to cost less than microinverters. However, since they produce high-voltage DC, they require pricier protective switches and fuses. Switchgears are more common in microinverters, which makes their protection built-in. And unlike strings, they do not require separate cooling. To top it off, strings have a limited lifespan. Microinverters lost significantly longer, with a lifespan that reaches upwards of 25 years. This makes it far more cost-effective than strings.

Less noise

Solar panels are significantly quieter than other renewable energy sources like wind turbines. In fact, it should make noise, no matter how many you fit on your roof. But our article ‘Do Solar Panels Make Noise?’ explains that a string inverter can emit a noise level of around 45 dB, which you can still hear. Microinverters, on the other hand, do not emit any noise at all. Microinverters generate much less heat as well, so they do not require active cooling. This means that they can operate noiselessly.

Reliability

In general, microinverters are easier to manage than strings. From the get-go, they are far easier to install. Most micro-inverters undergo rigorous testing, so they also withstand extreme weather conditions. Lastly, microinverters are far easier to manage for homeowners. You can monitor individual panels, making it easier to detect potential faults so that they don’t affect the microinverters in other panels, eliminating potentially costly damages.

Powering your home with solar makes your home energy independent and reduces your household’s carbon footprint. With microinverters, you can enjoy an even safer, more affordable, and more reliable solar home system.

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