On all solar inverter installations South Scotland Solar Ltd completes, our team are sure to have a chat with you about your homes energy storage usage and needs. On every job we will always explain how best to use your solar inverter, battery storage and PV system, including advice on what energy tariff is most suited to your needs and system.
If its worth charging your solar battery in a cheap night rate, discussing what percent you should charge and if its worth discharging your battery to the grid to receive extra export payments. Factors such as the best time in the day to do this for higher export payments will all be covered.
We will also demonstrate how you can do this and more through the app, which will change with the seasons depending if there is more or less sunshine.
South Scotland Solar Ltd offers full after care advice and support on charging / discharging, as well as anything else relating to the you getting optimum results from your solar panel system.
Solar inverters are an extremely important competent of your solar panels and PV system. To achieve the best results from your solar panels in Scotland, you want to be sure you have a modern solar inverter that is compatible with your solar battery storage system.
South Scotland Solar Ltd are MCS approved solar panel installers who will provide you with the best advice on replacing your solar inverter or carrying out a repair on any faults your existing one may have.
We supply and fit new solar inverters in Edinburgh, Fife and the East Coast of Scotland, as well as parts of Lanarkshire, The Scottish Borders and Southern Scotland.
Our solar inverter repair service is only available to limited areas, you should contact us to discuss if we will cover your area.
A solar inverter is a critical component of a solar energy system. Its primary function is to convert the direct current (DC) electricity generated by solar panels into alternating current (AC) electricity that can be used to power homes and businesses or fed back into the electrical grid. Solar panels produce DC electricity when exposed to sunlight, but most household appliances and the electricity grid operate on AC power. The solar inverter bridges this gap by converting the DC electricity into AC electricity, which is compatible with standard electrical systems.
Here are the key functions and features of a solar inverter:
String Inverters: These are common for residential and small commercial installations, where several solar panels are connected in series to form a “string.” A single inverter is connected to multiple strings.
Micro inverters: Micro inverters are small inverters attached to each solar panel individually. They operate independently, allowing each panel to perform at its maximum capacity regardless of shading or panel mismatch.
Power Optimisers: Power optimisers are devices connected to each solar panel, optimising the DC electricity output before it reaches the inverter. They work in conjunction with a string inverter.
Solar inverters are a crucial component of solar energy systems, ensuring efficient energy conversion and integration with the electrical grid. The choice of the type of solar inverter depends on the specific requirements and design of the solar installation.
Solar inverters are generally reliable, but like any electronic device, they can experience faults or issues over time. Some common solar inverter faults and problems include:
Component Malfunction: Components within the inverter, such as capacitors or transistors, can fail due to wear and tear, overheating, or manufacturing defects, leading to inverter failure.
Overheating: Inverters can overheat due to high ambient temperatures or poor ventilation, leading to reduced efficiency or shutdowns.
MPPT Problems: Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) is a critical function of solar inverters. Faulty MPPT algorithms or components can lead to suboptimal energy production.
Voltage Instability: Fluctuations in DC input voltage can cause instability in the AC output. This may be due to issues with the solar array, wiring, or internal components of the inverter.
Grid Synchronisation: Inverters need to synchronise with the grid frequency and voltage. Any mismatch or disturbance in grid conditions can cause synchronisation issues.
Anti-Islanding Failure: Anti-islanding features are designed to shut down the inverter during power outages. If this feature fails, it can pose a safety risk to utility workers.
Water Damage: Ingress of water due to rain or flooding can damage internal components.
Dust and Debris: Accumulation of dust or debris on the inverter’s cooling vents can impede airflow and cause overheating.
Software Glitches: Bugs or glitches in the inverter’s firmware can lead to operational issues.
Software Updates: Sometimes, issues can arise after a firmware update if the update process was not successful or if the new software is incompatible with the hardware.
Incorrect Wiring: Poor or incorrect wiring, loose connections, or damaged cables can disrupt the flow of electricity, affecting the inverter’s performance.
Improper Installation: Inadequate ventilation, incorrect mounting, or improper grounding can lead to operational problems.
Degradation: Over time, electronic components can degrade, leading to a decline in performance or reliability.
End of Life: Inverters have a limited lifespan. As they approach the end of their operational life (typically 10-20 years), they may become more prone to failures.
Regular maintenance, proper installation, and prompt troubleshooting are essential to prevent and address these common faults. It’s recommended to check and maintain your solar inverter to ensure maximum performance and reliability of your solar PV system.
South Scotland Solar Ltd are able to diagnose what the issue is with your inverter and provide a repair if possible or the price of new replacement inverter if your existing one is beyond repair.
Replacing a solar inverter is a common scenario in the lifecycle of a solar energy system. Inverters typically have a lifespan of 10 to 20 years, and when they fail or become inefficient, they need to be replaced to ensure the continuous operation of your solar panels and PV system. It is also common that the wrong type of inverter has been installed, leading to a poor performance on the overall system, this is another important reason to consider a replacement.
Inverter replacement should be handled by trained and certified solar technicians. Attempting to replace the inverter without proper knowledge and experience can lead to safety hazards and system malfunctions.
Contact South Scotland Solar Ltd to assist with your solar inverter replacement.
The cost of a solar inverter swap / upgrade in Scotland starts from around £1,000, however, it varies depending on several different factors. You have to consider the make and model of the inverter, the output and installation costs to have it installed by an MCS solar installer.
If you can gather some of this information, we will do our best to provide you with a rough idea of the cost to replace your solar inverter. Please remember we will need the specific make and model, otherwise it will just be a ballpark figure.
If you have purchased your own inverter and are looking for the cost of installation only, please be sure to have full details of your solar PV system as well as the make and model of your inverter.
For an accurate cost with an itemised quote to consider, please complete our contact form to arrange a free, no hard sell home survey.
An efficient solar inverter is a vital component of any solar energy system, and it offers a range of benefits that contribute to the overall performance, efficiency, and longevity of the system. Here are the key benefits of a good solar inverter:
Optimal Energy Conversion: A good solar inverter is designed for high efficiency, ensuring that a maximum amount of the DC electricity generated by solar panels is converted into usable AC electricity. Higher efficiency means more energy production from your solar panels.
Quality inverters require minimal maintenance, reducing the overall operational costs of the solar energy system.
Grid Synchronisation: Good inverters synchronise seamlessly with the grid, ensuring that the solar energy system works in harmony with the electrical grid. They maintain proper frequency and voltage levels, making them suitable for grid-tied solar installations
Warranty: Good inverters often come with extended warranties, providing peace of mind to homeowners. Manufacturers’ confidence in their products is reflected in the length and terms of the warranty.
Customer Support: Reputable inverter manufacturers offer excellent customer support, assisting homeowners and installers with technical issues, troubleshooting, and warranty claims.
If South Scotland Solar Ltd has installed your solar inverter, we will be on hand to provide after care when required.
Optimised Power Production: Many high-quality inverters employ MPPT technology, which constantly adjusts the operating point of the solar panels to maximise their power output. This is especially important in varying weather conditions or when panels are partially shaded, ensuring optimal energy harvesting.
Longer Lifespan: Good-quality inverters are built with durable components, leading to a longer operational lifespan. They are less likely to fail prematurely, reducing the need for frequent replacements.
Weather Resistance: Quality inverters are designed to withstand various weather conditions, including extreme temperatures, humidity, and exposure to sunlight, ensuring their reliability over the years.
Real-Time Monitoring: Many modern inverters come with built-in monitoring systems that allow homeowners and installers to track the system’s performance in real-time. This data helps identify issues promptly and optimize the system’s efficiency.
Anti-Islanding Protection: Inverters with anti-islanding protection ensure that the solar power system shuts down in the event of a power outage. This feature protects utility workers by preventing the system from continuing to feed electricity into the grid.
Reputable inverters are certified by relevant authorities and comply with industry standards, ensuring their safety, reliability, and adherence to regulations.
Please contact us if you have any other questions about your solar inverter or a new inverter your considering buying.
There are different types of solar inverters, including string inverters, micro inverters, power optimisers, and hybrid inverters. Each type has unique features and applications.
In terms of brands, we tend to install Tesla, Growatt and Givenergy hybrid inverters.
The lifespan of a solar inverter is typically 10 to 20 years. Regular maintenance and proper installation can help extend its longevity.
It’s possible, but it depends on the specific requirements and compatibility of your solar panel system. Consult with our MCS solar installers to determine the best replacement option.
Many inverters come with built-in monitoring systems accessible via a smartphone app or a web portal. These systems provide real-time data on energy production and system performance.
A grid-tied inverter is designed to synchronise with the utility grid, allowing excess energy to be fed back into the grid. An off-grid inverter is used in standalone solar systems not connected to the grid.
In grid-tied systems, most inverters are designed to shut down during power outages for safety reasons. However, some hybrid inverters with battery storage capabilities can provide backup power during outages.
The inverter size should match the total capacity of your solar panels. Again, consult first with our MCS solar installers to ensure the inverter capacity aligns with the system’s specifications.
No, it’s recommended to hire a professional solar installer. Proper installation is crucial for safety, efficiency, and compliance with local regulations.
Warranty periods vary by manufacturer and model but typically range from 5 to 25 years. It’s essential to check the warranty terms and conditions before purchasing an inverter.
With 15 years of experience within the electrical industry under his belt, Callum decided in the autumn of 2021 the time was right to start his own business. He passionately believes in the power of solar energy and helping his customers enjoy the many benefits it has to offer. If you are thinking about converting your home or business to solar and would like more information South Scotland Solar would love to hear from you.
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