We use only the highest quality solar power panels, inverters, and batteries.
Easily added smart energy home products at anytime
Real-time monitoring through the mySolarEdge App
HD-Wave Technology offers a new era for PV inverters
12-year warranty (extendable to 20-25yrs)
SolarEdge Solar Inverter Review
SolarEdge was founded in 2016 as a smart energy solution company, whose intelligent inverter technology has made significant contributions to the renewables industry. SolarEdge’s innovations changed how solar systems harvest and manage power in photovoltaic (PV) systems and is one of the most popular solar inverters globally, with systems installed in more than 130 countries. The company’s history and reputation make them one of the renewable energy sector’s strongest innovators and a trusted partner to solar systems installers around the world.
The Solaredge Single Phase Inverter with HD-Wave Technology uses an advanced design to stay on even when the rest of the grid is off.
It provides whole home backup when connected to the SolarEdge home battery (coming soon), for increased energy independence and savings.
Up to 200% oversizing is possible, earning more STCs (small-scale technology certificate).
The number of STCs created is determined by:
- Amount of renewable electricity produced by your system.
- Amount your system reduces electricity consumption.
- The climate of the surrounding region it is installed in.
Investing in a solar system for your home, business or property is a serious venture and a big step towards a cleaner future for Australia. According to the Clean Energy Council and their Clean Energy Australia 2020 report, renewable energy contributed 24% of Australia’s total electricity generation in 2019 – an incredible contribution considering the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources reports there are just over 2.5 million rooftop solar system installations Australia wide.
It’s no surprise then that home and business owners want to make the best solar system investment possible to reduce their costs and maximise their impact. At HCB Solar, we have partnered with trusted suppliers of solar system technologies in the market to bring solar power to homes and businesses across the Hunter Region, such as SolarEdge.
The Solaredge Single Phase Inverter allows you to easily add on smart energy home products to control and optimise more appliances such as pool pumps, AC units, etc.
Homeowners are provided with energy consumption insight to track usage and reduce bills with the built-in SolarEdge consumption meter. This gives users full transparency to know when it’s time for a change or upgrade.
All conveniently managed from one app, mySolarEdge, for real-time energy monitoring and control – from anywhere.
What Does A Solar Inverter Do?
Solar inverters are critical to the functionality of photovoltaic solar systems, as they convert the direct current (DC) output from your solar panels into alternating current (AC) electricity, which allows you to use the energy produced by the system in your home or business. Solar inverters are also essential to solar monitoring technology and apps, as they are monitoring energy generation and consumption, as well as reporting on system operations, via the inverter.
There are several types of inverters, including string, micro, battery-only and hybrid inverters. These different types of inverters have different methods of managing power production from solar panels, with a standard solar system typically using a string inverter system.
SolarEdge Solar Inverters vs Traditional String Inverters
SolarEdge’s innovative technology is an optimized solar power product range that is quite different from a conventional string inverter system.
String inverters manage energy production as a whole and performance can be inhibited by the weakest performing panel, because a string inverter system is restricted to two Maximum Power Point Trackers (MPPTs). An MPPT is a DC to DC converter which maximises the power output of your solar panels and is used in grid-connect solar inverters, and can increase energy generation by up to 30%. MPPTs do this by continually assessing the optimal voltage to maximise energy generation from the string of solar panels, which means if one or two panels are shaded or dirty on a string, the MPPT will do it’s best to compensate. However, this can impact the overall performance of all the panels on the string.
SolarEdge products offer a solution to this issue by using panel-level MPPTs, known as their Power Optimizer Module, which attaches a power optimiser to each individual solar panel. This means that instead of several solar panels being connected to a single MPPT in a string, each solar panel is connected to its own MPPT that monitors and optimises the performance of that individual panel. With SolarEdge, every panel in your solar power system is optimised and cannot negatively affect the power production of any other solar panel in the system. The Power Optimizer Modules also communicate performance data to the SolarEdge monitoring system, so you can monitor the performance of your overall system and individual panels for enhanced, cost-effective maintenance and usage.
Using the Power Optimizer Module also means that SolarEdge solar inverters are only required to perform a single function – convert the DC output to AC electricity. The result is a much more cost-effective and reliable solar inverter. The fixed string voltage ensures operation at the highest efficiency at all times independent of string length and temperature.
Another great benefit of using panel-level MPPTs is the flexible installation design of your solar panels. With a string inverter system, installation design is very restricted, but with SolarEdge the system layout is really flexible, as you can use multiple orientations, tilts and panel types (compatible with c-Si, thin-film, and high current panels) in the same string to create optimal solar systems. This is because SolarEdge inverters and power optimisers automatically maintain a fixed string voltage, ensuring that the system operates at its highest efficiency at all times regardless of varying string lengths, panel types or temperature, as well as allowing installers greater flexibility in installation design to maximise roof space .
Essentially, SolarEdge’s technological innovations mean you can get more panels on your roof, which in turn allows you to produce more energy at a lower cost-per-watt for a quicker return and serious long-term savings.
SolarEdge Safety Features
The Power Optimizer Module is equipped with the unique SafeDC™ feature which automatically reduces panels’ DC voltage to a safe level whenever the inverter or grid power is shut down (unless connected to a StorEdge inverter operating in backup mode).
SolarEdge Warranty & Awards
SolarEdge offers some of the longest product warranties in the solar industry, with a 12 year warranty on their solar inverters (option to extend to 20 or 25 years) and a 25 year warranty for power optimisers. The long warranties on SolarEdge products provides peace-of-mind for homeowners and businesses, as solar systems are an important, long-term investment.
Testament to the dependability and popularity of SolarEdge products, they received the Solar Power World’s 2018 Leadership Award in Solar in the Inverter Category, and their single phase solar inverter with HD-Wave technology was the winner of the prestigious 2016 Intersolar Award and the renowned 2018 Edison Award.
Why You Should Choose SolarEdge For Your Solar Power System
SolarEdge solar inverters and optimizers offer homeowners and commercial projects a serious long-term investment option. The product range is compatible with a variety of solar panel types and has integrated technologies to upgrade your system when you’re ready, including their very own StorEdge battery solutions and multi-award-winning EV Charging Single Phase Inverter. SolarEdge is an award-winning company that provides security, increased performance and, most importantly, peace-of-mind.
DC Input Conduit Size / # of Strings / Wire Cross Section
25mm max. / 1-2 strings / 1-13mm2
25mm max. / 1-3 strings / 1-13mm2
Dimensions with Safety Switch (HxWxD)
450 x 370 x 174
540 x 370 x 185
< 25 dBA
< 50 dBA
Nighttime Power Consumption
Max. Inverter Efficiency
12 years (extendable to 20-25yrs)
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We only use trusted solar suppliers
HCB Solar has carefully chosen our partners and suppliers.
We are proud to be Newcastle’s Approved LG Solar Dealer.
The solar products we recommend are truly the best in the country.