Solar inverters and how to pick the best

Our inverters

Getting an inverter allows you to take the energy created by your solar panels and use it in your home.

We've installed more than 85,000 of them around Australia, and we've selected these two models as the ones as most likely to suit your solar needs.

Zeversolar inverter

Available in our Advantage package

Zeversolar inverter

Designed to give you reliable, no fuss supply of alternating current.

Manufacturer's warranty 5 years on parts and
labour
Weight 7.3kg
Max efficiency 96.3% to 97.5%
Max current output 15 Amps

Fronius inverter

Available in our Premium and Premium Plus packages

Fronius inverter

Our top-line European-designed inverter crafted for ultimate efficiency and maximum pace of mind.

Manufacturer's Warranty 10 years on parts, 5 years on labour
Weight 16kg to 43 kg
Max efficiency 97.8% to 98.1%
Max output current 4.8 Amps to 31.9 Amps

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How do solar inverters work?

Inverters are a crucial step in the solar energy cycle. Without one, you wouldn't be able to use the energy from the sun to power your fridge, TV, or air conditioning.

But do you know what they are, or how they work?

We've installed over 85,000 inverters around Australia to date, so we're pretty familiar with the ins and outs.

 

An inverter is basically a box which takes the energy from your solar panels and turns it into energy your house can actually use.

While solar panels will produce "direct current", your home (and all the appliances within it) uses "alternate current".

Your inverter can turn direct current energy (DC) into the alternate current energy (AC) that powers your home, making it a pretty important and nifty piece of tech.

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An inverter contains within it something called a "transformer" - which, surprisingly, transforms one thing into another.

It takes the direct current from your solar panels and turns it into an alternating current that your home can use as power.

So what's the difference between those two things? A direct current basically runs in a straight line, whereas an alternating current looks much more like a wave.

 

 

How solar works

1. Solar panels

Solar panels capture sunlight and convert it into DC (Direct Current).

2. Solar inverter

A solar inverter then converts DC into AC (Alternate Current) - which then powers your home in real-time.

3. Solar battery 

If you install a solar battery, excess energy is stored here (rather than pushing out to the grid).

4. Digital meter

Your energy use and habits are easily tracked with a digital meter.

5. Power grid

Any excess energy that you generate is pushed out to the grid. This energy is measured and calculated (feed-in tariff) to credit your account. You can also (automatically) draw energy from the grid when you need it.

An inverter is also crucial to the process of feeding energy back to the grid, because it produces the same kind of alternate current the grid uses.

As we've touched on, solar panels produce direct current and in its pure form isn't suitable for the grid.

So, without the inverter you couldn't feed energy back to the grid and qualify for feed-in tariff credit on your power bill.

Find out more about feed-in tariffs and how they could save you money

 

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