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How to Install a Grid Tie Solar System and the Benefits of a Microinverter Solution

19 May 2023


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Solar energy has become a popular source of renewable energy. As the cost of solar panels decreases, more people are installing grid-tie solar systems. A grid-tie solar system is connected to the electrical grid and sends excess electricity back into the grid. This excess electricity is credited back to the homeowner's account, which means it can help reduce their electricity bill. One important component of a grid-tie solar system is the microinverter. In this blog post, we will discuss how to install a grid-tie solar system and the benefits of a microinverter.

Section 1: Installing a Grid-Tie Solar System

Installing a grid-tie solar system requires you to work closely with your local licensed electrician professional to do the installation to your control panel. Here are the steps involved in installing a grid-tie solar system:

1. Determine the size of the solar system needed: The size of the solar system needed will depend on the amount of energy the homeowner wants to generate. CDN Solar can help determine the size of the system needed.

2. Complete the net metering application with your utility company, once approved get a homeowner’s electrical permit or have your electrician get a permit.

3. Choose the location of the solar panels: The solar panels need to be installed in a location that receives maximum sunlight. CDN Solar can advise using satellite imagery as the best location for the solar panels.

4. Install the solar panels: The solar panels will be installed on the roof or on a ground mount. 

5. Connect the solar panels to the inverter: The inverter converts the DC electricity generated by the solar panels into AC electricity that can be used in the home. The solar panels will be connected to the inverter.

6. Connect the inverter to the electrical panel (Your local electrician): The inverter will be connected to the electrical panel, which is connected to the electrical grid. This will allow excess electricity to be sent back into the grid.

7. Obtain permits and inspections: Before the solar system can be activated, permits and inspections are required to ensure the system is installed correctly and safely. It's highly recommended to use your local electrician who can obtain these for you.

Section 2: The Benefits of a Microinverter

A microinverter is a small inverter that is installed on each solar panel. Traditional grid-tie solar systems use a single inverter to convert the DC electricity generated by the solar panels into AC electricity. A microinverter, however, allows each solar panel to operate independently, which has several benefits: CDN Solar advises using Hoymiles, a global leader in Grid Tie products for this.

1. Increased efficiency: Microinverters can increase the efficiency of a solar system by up to 20%. This is because each solar panel is able to operate independently and generate the maximum amount of electricity possible.

2. Improved safety: Microinverters are safer than traditional inverters because they operate at a lower voltage. This reduces the risk of electrical shock and fire.

3. Better monitoring: Microinverters allow for better monitoring of the solar system. Each solar panel can be monitored individually, which makes it easier to identify any issues or problems with the system.

Section 3: Conclusion

Installing a grid-tie solar system can be a great way to reduce electricity bills and generate renewable energy and the majority of the equipment is easy to install., but when connecting the system to the A/C panel and the grid we recommend consulting or hiring an electrician. A microinverter can provide several benefits, including increased efficiency, improved safety, and better monitoring. If you're considering installing a grid-tie solar system, be sure to call CDN Solar, and let's discuss your requirements and put together a free quotation for you.

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