22 Aug '11, 3pm

New “Plug ‘n’ Play” Solar Module Fits Almost Any Roof

New “Plug ‘n’ Play” Solar Module Fits Almost Any Roof

The power that solar cells generate is in direct current (DC) form, and in order to be used in a building it must first be converted to alternating current (AC), through a device called an inverter. In conventional rooftop solar installations, groups of panels are connected to one main inverter, which can cost thousands. More recently, manufacturers have started to offer solar panels with built-in inverters called microinverters. In terms of getting more households and businesses to start transitioning to solar energy, microinverters make it economical for hesitant buyers to start with a single panel or module. That enables the buyer to get more comfortable with solar technology, before committing to a larger investment. Microinverters can also make the solar system more efficient , by reducing the energy waste that typically occurs when power is conducted from a solar pan...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/08/22/new-plug-n-play-solar...

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