10 Key Benefits of a Smart Solar Power System

The 10 Key Benefits of a Smart Solar Power System

Enphase Micro-Inverters are the next big breakthrough for residential solar systems.

Micro-Inverter technology allows each panel in a solar system to work independently from the other panels, ensuring maximum output of clean renewable energy for your household or business. Micro Inverters help avoid common roadblocks that stop a solar installation on many houses such as patchy shade and small roof areas.

Solaray is the largest & most experienced installer of Enphase Micro Inverters in Australia. Our competitive pricing is supported by the most experienced Enphase Technical Team in the industry, to ensure you get the right advice, system design and technical support.

Read on to find out why nearly all Solaray customers choose to power their solar system with Enphase.

1. Increased Output

A smart Solar System from Solaray Energy features panel-level output, allowing each individual panel to output power independently from the other panels. This significantly increases system performance in all weather conditions.

Our Smart Solar Systems average over 110% of their expected output, for example, a 5kW system will consistently generate over 30 kWh on a sunny day in summer thanks to the latest technology from Enphase.

input-with-and-without-enphase-microinverterThe payback of a solar power system has become so good, many people are surprised to find out it is now possible to get a top of the range system to pay for itself in as quickly as 3 to 5 years, with a possible total profit of up to around $50,000 over the life of the system. The quality and technology of Solaray Systems can help to increase system output, which means more money in your pocket.

What’s more, you are taking around $50,000 off the books of Australia’s coal industry, creating a huge impact on the future of Australia’s Renewable Energy Industry. This is why buying a solar power system is the single most effective action you can take to not only reduce your power bill but to vote for a clean energy future in Australia:

According to Renewable Energy World, shading of as little as 9% of a solar system connected to a central inverter, can lead to a system-wide decline in output by as much as 54%.

The below image is a great example of how a Solaray System can significantly increase output. In this image, the Solaray System will be working at a significantly higher level compared to a standard system in the patchy shade, because each panel is independent of the rest of the array.

String Inverter

One of the biggest limitations with standard string inverter systems is that the panels are installed in series, meaning that each string in the system will always perform at the rate of the worst performing panel. This means that partial shade on even just one panel can have a large impact on the output of a system.

It is not just shade from trees that can affect solar output. Bird droppings and dust, as well as chimneys and power lines, can all affect solar output. Additionally, solar panels have a +- tolerance during the manufacturing process. For example, LG NeON 330W panels have a +3% tolerance, so they will range in output from 330W to 340W. Your system won’t be able to take advantage of this unless each panel is outputting power independently from the other panels. 

Enphase Performance Reliability - Shading_Soiling

2. Increased Flexibility

A 6.6kW system using 390W panels from LG Solar will typically include 17 panels. Innovative solar technology now allows our technicians to design a panel array across multiple roof areas – both across different orientations and angles.

If you use most of your power in the afternoon, it can be beneficial to have panels facing both north and west to distribute the output of solar power across the day. This avoids having a big peak of solar power in the middle of the day, making it easier to use a large percentage of the solar power as it is generated, and hence increasing the effectiveness of your system.


3. System Monitoring

Solaray Systems come with full online monitoring, free for the life of your system. A gateway connects your system to the internet to transfer live data on system performance, status alerts and critical issues. As your installer, Solaray receives automatic emails alerting us to any technical issues, making it simple to conduct system checks remotely from our head office in Glendenning, or even when our technicians are on the road. System owners can keep up to date with system output and check the system’s status.

Solaray system monitoring also comes with the option for panel-level output insights and consumption monitoring that allows you to keep track of how much power you are using in the home. This energy monitoring platform is regarded as one of the best in the industry.

4. No single point of failure

In the unlikely event that something goes wrong with one of the panels, the rest of the system that is unaffected can still be operational. This allows for less downtime and allows you to continue to generate solar power during a warranty claim or service check.

5. Remote Technical Support

As your installer, the Solaray Support Team have access to live, real-time monitoring of every panel. In the event of a fault, Solaray receives an automated message that alerts us to the issue. In most cases, the firmware can be updated and the problem fixed remotely. This can save you days of downtime and the frustration of having to call out a technician.

6. Easily Expandable

Solaray Systems are truly expandable, limited only by your roof space. Solaray can install as many additional panels as you like, and we don’t need to match the new panels to your existing array. This allows you to take advantage of any technology gains over the next few years.

This is in stark contrast to older systems, where we needed to match the inverter size to the panel array to ensure high performance. This means that adding panels normally requires replacing the inverter. The other limitation is that we need to match the panels when adding panels to a string. This limits the upgrade window to around a year or so, as trying to find old stock is close to impossible due to fast advances in technology.

7. System Safety

Solaray Systems avoid the need for high voltage DC cable runs, increasing safety for the homeowner. If a string inverter system was invented today it would probably be deemed illegal due to the need for a high voltage cable run through your home. There is also power leakage on longer DC cable runs, making safe and easy AC cable runs the preferred option whenever possible.

8. Longer Warranties as Standard

Solaray service a 10-year warranty as standard on Enphase systems, with 5 and 15 year extensions available at a good price.

As a part of our Platinum Service Package, Solaray service full replacement warranties so you are not out of pocket in the event of a failure. This, along with our free technical support is one of the main reasons Solaray ranks in the top 5 Solar Installers in Australia.

9. Battery Ready

homeowners-with-tesla-powerwall-2Solaray systems are battery ready and are fully compatible with the leading brands on the market, including the Enphase AC Battery and Tesla Powerwall 2.

Solar Batteries can be installed with your system or added to an existing system. We connect the batteries directly to the meter board, where we install a control hub that manages power consumption and storage in the home.

Solaray Systems have been designed to be modular, expandable, easily installed and can be tailored to each customer’s usage profile. A household or business is then able to monitor their usage, solar generation and peak times, and install more battery capacity knowing that it will pay for itself in the quickest possible time.

10. Larger Systems With Single Phase Power

Due to limitations from the energy distributors such as Ausgrid and Endeavour Energy, houses with single-phase power were previously limited to a 5kW solar system. This was creating a lot of headaches for households that were using a lot of power during the day but could only install a 5kW system, well below the average-sized system sold these days.

New technology from Enphase has allowed us to get around this regulation by limiting the amount of excess solar power sent to the grid. The full benefit of the solar system is fed into the house for you to use, however, if it is not used the export of excess solar power to the grid is limited to 5kW. This can slightly reduce the credit on your power bill if you have a feed-in tariff from your energy retailer, however, the difference should normally only a few dollars a quarter, much less than the significant benefit you can receive from having a larger solar system. If you need this explained in more depth so that you fully understand the benefit of solar, you can read more here: The Benefit of Solar Power

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    • Solaray

      Hi Brian, we do not install off-grid systems so unfortunately, we won’t be able to help. Thanks for the enquiry.

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