The Smarts Behind Your Solar System
Your inverter isn’t just the engine of your system; it’s the brains too, as it lets you control how and when your solar energy is used.
For example, when your system is producing excess electricity, you can either sell it to the grid or with a smart inverter, you can:
- automatically charge your batteries so you can power your home when the sun goes down.
- divert the surplus energy to pre-heat your electric hot water system (so it doesn’t need to run as long overnight).
- Direct high-energy consuming appliances such as air-con, pool pumps and heat pumps to start operating when there’s surplus energy. If a cloud then blocks the sun and your electricity production subsequently drops, the inverter stops sending solar energy to these dedicated appliances.
The result? Full system utilisation, lower electricity bills and a faster payback on the cost of your system.
To further speed up your return on investment, you can join a virtual power plant (VPP). A VPP is a network of solar and battery systems, where members can buy and sell their stored solar power and make a profit when there’s demand for energy in the grid. SolarEdge is one of the VPP-compatible brands.