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Use Your Own Solar Power at Home With a Solar Converter

A solar power inverter is a device that converts the power received from a solar panel or a battery into alternating current. A solar inverter is necessary if you want to use solar power directly in your household for appliances such as televisions, computers and lights. A solar inverter is usually included when buying a PV system.
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Solar panels produce direct current which can be stored in solar batteries or used directly in a household or commercial building. For effective use the electricity has to be converted into usable alternating current with a solar inverter.

Pure Sine Wave And Modified Sine Wave Solar Inverters

There are two forms of electric wave output generated by an inverter: Pure or true sine wave and modified sine wave.

A solar inverter that produces pure sine wave is suited for homes that require an optimum performance for appliances such as TVs, computers and stereos.

A modified sine wave inverter is well suited to run greater appliances such as power tools and other motor driven loads, non-digital microwave ovens or lights.

A modified sine wave solar inverter is cheaper and can run most appliances. The disadvantage of using a modified sine wave solar inverter is that slight interferences can occur for televisions and computers. That does not damage the appliances though.

Solar Power InverterInverter that converts direct current received from solar panels or batteries into alternating current.


Size of A Solar Power Inverter

The size of a solar inverter depends on what kind of appliances you want to run. Check first how many watts you need to produce, then buy the solar inverter that is able to generate the right amount of power.

Combine Your Solar Inverter With A Solar Charge Controller

Inverters draw solar energy from the solar panel or the solar battery, where surplus energy is stored. Usually the solar inverter does not run the battery dead, but will sound an alarm or turn itself off in time. If you want to have better control over your battery status, you should install a solar charge controller that monitors and regulates the power coming from your batteries.

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Written by: Christian Märtel, Editor