30 Apr '13, 8pm

Informative article for Houston solar questions. Thanks Environmental Building News!

Posted by Douglas White on Apr 23, 2013, 08:22 PM SMA makes great inverters, but you would need two inverters, a Sunny Boy and a Sunny Island to have grid tie, battery back up power at twice the cost of using either a Schneider Electric, Xantrex XW series inverter, or an Outback Power, Radian Series or GTFX inverters. Also, the Sunny Island is a 120 volt machine, so you need to purchase an additional SMA Smartformer to convert it to 240 VAC! Both Schneider Electric (Xantrex XW Series) and Outback (GTFX & Radian) make inverters that are 120/240 volt, right out of the box and the single inverter (which is stackable) has both functions, grid-tie, net metering and battery backup built into a single machine. Magnum also makes an inverter/charger. Midnight Solar also makes charge controllers, components for grid-tie battery backup systems and AC coupling components for the inver...

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