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We've All Heard About Solar Panels... But What the Heck is a Microinverter?

Posted by Adam Sewall In Tuesday, June 7 2011 under: Enphase, microinverters, Solar Homes, Solar Technology, inverter

Enphase Energy, a leading maker of microinverters, yesterday announced the launch of what is being billed as the company's "most efficient and power technology to date."

This may lead some of you to ask, What the heck is a microinverter?

Luckily for everyone involved, GetSolar's very own Annie Lindseth has already has a concise explanation:

Solar panels need (micro)inverters to convert the electricity they produce to a type that can be used at home. Solar photovoltaic panels produce DC (direct) electrical current, and household appliances use AC (alternating) electrical current.

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How Do Solar Panels Work?

Posted by Margaret Collins In Wednesday, September 10 2008 under: Solar Panels, Solar Homes, home solar, Solar Technology, inverter

With the ever-increasing interest in residential photovoltaics (solar electric systems), more and more people come to sites like to figure out what all the fuss is about, and how these things actually work. Even homeowners who have progressed to the stage of figuring out the pitch of their roof and talking about budget -- even homeowners who already have a system! -- can be vague on the details of how these beautiful little systems do what they do.

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