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What are the Benefits of Microinverters for Home Solar?

Solar panel efficiency has increased massively over the last two decades. Solar was once expensive with only a small return on investment. Today, higher efficiency yields mean that you can get affordable home solar and enjoy strong savings and a great return on investment over time. Best of all, your panels can last up to 30 years in many cases, which means there’s plenty of time to enjoy the benefits. If you’re thinking about getting a free home solar estimate, there’s one crucial aspect of your system that you can think about in advance.

Will your installer use string inverters or microinverters for your panels? There’s a significant difference between the two, with one of the key benefits of microinverters being an increase in overall efficiency.

Let’s look at why microinverters matter, and why you might want them used for your solar installation.

String and Microinverters Explained

There’s a fairly easy distinction that you can remember when thinking about string and microinverters.

  • With a string inverter, every panel in your system will connect to a single inverter that converts the electricity to be used in your home.
  • With microinverters, each panel gets a single high-efficiency inverter to convert electricity for your home.

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The Benefits of Microinverters are Significant

String inverters are easier for installers to work with because there’s only one. If the inverter fails, it can be replaced quickly.

Microinverters would require more troubleshooting if there’s a failure, and a technician would need to get onto your roof to work directly on the panels. Microinverters are mounted underneath the panels, with one used for each panel.

For skilled technicians like those working for Long Island Power Solutions, the difference isn’t a big deal. Yes, it takes a little more effort to work with microinverters, but experienced techs can still work quickly and efficiently.

In most cases, the benefits of microinverters for solar outweigh the extra installation steps. Microinverters are more efficient and will generate more power for your home. They also work better when your panels are partially shaded because a panel that gets less sunlight will work through its own inverter, rather than affecting the entire system.

Even though microinverters require a little more work to replace, the risk of one failing throughout the lifetime of a system is exceedingly low. Plus, when you get installed with a company like Long Island Power Solutions, you’ll have a 25 Year Warranty on your solar panels, giving you confidence and peace of mind.

Our technicians will use microinverters whenever possible. There are rare cases when a string inverter might make more sense, but, for homes on Long Island, microinverters are typically better for efficiency and return on investment.

Now’s a Great Time to Invest in Solar

With no money down SMART solar financing, and some compelling federal and New York solar tax credits, now is the best time ever to get solar. The tax credits can greatly offset the cost of getting installed, and solar panels have never been priced more affordably.

Our team has installed more than 5,000 systems in New York. Our experience means we can easily determine the best inverter technology for your unique installation. We provide free home solar estimates and will give you a cost/benefit analysis so you can see what kind of power output and savings will be possible with reliable panels and high-efficiency inverters.

Now that you understand the benefits of microinverters, it’s time to talk to a company that can tell you all you need to know about solar. Get your free Long Island solar estimate today and enjoy the smooth experience offered by the best solar installer near you.

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