SolarEdge

SolarEdge – Inverter

Description

SolarEdge offers advanced inverter technology, giving the customer optimised panels designed to deal with shading, panel level monitoring and flexibility with design. Outsourced manufacturing in China, Hungary and Romania this product may be an option for the techy but optimisers have been known to be unreliable.

Are SolarEdge good Inverters?

SolarEdge is a leading manufacturer of solar inverters that provide high efficiency, reliability, and safety for solar energy systems. The company offers a range of inverters, including single-phase and three-phase models, with power ratings ranging from 1 kW to 100 kW. SolarEdge inverters require SolarEdge optimizers to be installed on each solar panel which can provide panel placement flexibility for complicated roof designs. These optimisers can add complexity and additional failure points.

Warranty

  • SolarEdge offers a standard 12-year warranty which can be extended to 20 or 25 years for an additional fee.
  • Power optimizers: SolarEdge offers a standard 25-year warranty for its power optimizers.

Features

  1. Power optimization: The SolarEdge optimizer uses Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) technology to monitor the output of each solar panel and find the optimal operating point. This ensures that each panel produces the maximum amount of energy possible, regardless of shading or panel mismatch.

  2. Module-level monitoring: The SolarEdge optimizer also provides real-time module-level monitoring of each panel’s performance, including voltage, current, and power output. This information is transmitted to the SolarEdge inverter, which displays it on the monitoring portal for the user.

  3. SafeDC™ technology: The SolarEdge optimizer is equipped with SafeDC™ technology that reduces the DC voltage of the system to a safe level during installation, maintenance, and firefighting.

  4. Rapid shutdown: In the event of an emergency, such as a fire or other hazard, the SolarEdge optimizer can quickly shut down the system to minimize the risk of injury or damage.

Where are SolarEdge Inverters made?

SolarEdge is an Israeli company that designs and develops solar inverters and related products in Israel. However, SolarEdge has manufacturing facilities in several locations around the world, including China, Hungary, South Korea, and Vietnam.

 

Pros:

  • Maximum power point tracking (MPPT): SolarEdge inverters use a unique MPPT algorithm that allows each solar panel to operate independently and optimize its energy output. This ensures that the system produces the maximum amount of energy possible, even in partial shading or uneven panel conditions.

  • Monitoring and control: SolarEdge inverters come with a built-in monitoring and control system that allows you to track the performance of your solar system in real-time. You can view data such as energy production, panel output, and system status from anywhere using a smartphone or computer.

  • Safety features: SolarEdge inverters are designed with several safety features, including arc fault protection, ground fault protection, and rapid shutdown. These features help to prevent fires and other hazards associated with solar energy systems.

  • Easy installation: SolarEdge inverters are easy to install, with a simple plug-and-play design that reduces installation time and costs.

Cons:

  • Cost: SolarEdge inverters can be more expensive than other types of inverters, particularly for larger systems.

  • Complexity: SolarEdge inverters use a more complex technology than other types of inverters, which can make troubleshooting and maintenance more difficult.

  • Compatibility issues: SolarEdge inverters may not be compatible with all solar panel types or other components of a solar energy system. It is important to ensure that all components are compatible before purchasing a SolarEdge inverter.

  • Optimisers require power to operate and the proposed performance gains may not be achieved in real conditions.

  • Optimisers add additional failure points up on the roof where it gets very hot. SolarEdge optimisers have been known to fail and cause system downtime and multiple installer callbacks.