What is the SolarEdge power optimizer?
In standard solar PV installations, panels are grouped together in a ‘string’ to generate electricity that goes to the inverter. This is a cost effective solution for most install situations. However, if part of your install is shaded for example, all the panels in ‘string’ series can only work at the efficiency of the least efficient panel. The SolarEdge power optimizers manage each panel independently so that every panel can perform at its maximum efficiency. The system also communicates performance data back to a central monitoring portal so that panels can be efficiently managed.
Why does it matter? Because for every panel that isn’t performing at it’s best, you lose potential generation payment from your FiT.
Each SolarEdge power optimizer is also fitted with the unique SafeDC™ feature which automatically shuts down modules’ DC voltage whenever the inverter or grid power is shut down.
The Solar Edge system can be retrofitted to maximise the benefits of an existing system. On new systems it allows flexibility in design, enabling panels to be placed at the optimum positions and perform at their best.