The inverter is a critical component of the solar power solution, so it is important to choose the right type according to your energy needs, budget, and inverter capabilities. “Usually, customers follow the cost-conscious route when choosing a solar product. But there are many things to consider that affect your budget and energy needs,” explained Svilen Voychev – CEO of Valsa Trading.
Choosing an inverter requires the customer to follow a due diligence process. Inverters, like all alternative energy solutions, are not a one-size-fits-all product. However, there are many types for different energy needs, which come at different price points. “If your goal is to be completely off-grid, your site conditions, energy needs, load profile, financial capability, and desire to be energy independent will determine which equipment you invest in. ,” said Vouchev.
Customers should arrange an energy consultation with trained, experienced professionals to help determine their needs and guide them towards the necessary products needed. “It’s important for customers to understand how they use energy in their home or business,” Voychev said. He suggests that customers examine their energy needs, point out where they are consuming energy and how they can save costs by investing in, for example, a suitable inverter solution. “There is no silver bullet when it comes to energy solutions. However, with due diligence, an installer can design a solution that will save you money and ensure you get a return on investment (ROI), ” explained Voychev.
Solar solutions require a substantial initial investment. As a result, many customers increase their energy needs in stages. However, Voychev advises: “When following a phased approach, it is important that customers understand their patterns of energy use and intentions to increase in the future. This knowledge will allow you to buy the right inverter which can increase if your energy needs increase. Also, keep in mind the ability to integrate the inverter; you want to invest in reputable energy products that are well integrated with other equipment in your solution.”
For example, Phocos inverters, which Valsa stocks, are scalable to customer needs, cost-effective, and flexible. Phocos inverters can supply energy access to different applications, such as home use for backup energy during load-shedding; it can handle partial or complete demand depending on the capability and type of product. “The Phocos range of electronic inverters is cost-effective and offers good value,” Voychev said.
Voychev also emphasized the importance for installers to understand the different products on the market. “The installation process is important for both the customer and the installer. Always follow the installation requirements and manufacturer’s instructions, regardless of the price and quality of the product. Always choose professional and experienced installer to perform the installation work. By doing this, you will maintain the manufacturer’s warranty, meet insurance compliance requirements, and get the most value from your investment because the inverter is well- install,” he concluded.