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Things to Consider

Before Installing Your Solar Inverter

Things to Consider Before Installing Your Solar Inverter

There are many types of solar inverters that you can install along with your solar panels in San Diego. When the sun hits your San Diego property’s solar panels, the energy stored is direct current, otherwise known as DC; however, most buildings run on alternating current, or AC. A solar inverter simply converts the energy you have gotten from the sun into energy that can be used in your home or business.

Solar Panel String Inverters in San Diego

String inverters for San Diego’s solar panel systems are typically mounted near the fuse box and one or two string inverters can typically run the whole system. String inverters are the most widely used worldwide, and traditionally have been the most popular; however, advances in other technologies are quickly gaining market shares. With a string inverter in San Diego, a string of panels is only as strong as the weakest performer. If a shadow hits one panel, all the panels will operate at that diminished capacity.

Microinverters in San Diego Solar Panels

Micro converters are parallel circuits for San Diego solar panels that work with each individual solar panel to yield more solar electricity. They are especially beneficial when there are shading issues, say from trees or chimneys, or in panels that are facing different directions. In the early days of solar panels, micro converters earned a poor reputation for being unreliable. Technological advancements in recent decades have made them extremely reliable for San Diego solar panels, and nowadays, they even often come with the longest warranties.

Power optimizers, also known as power maximizers, mount behind each solar panel like microinverters. They optimize the energy your San Diego solar panels collect before sending the energy on to the inverter. They have gained popularity rapidly in San Diego in recent years because they result in an overall higher energy yield. An optimizer is essentially a microcomputer that uses power point tracking to make each individual solar panel more efficient. They ensure that each panel is absorbing the most energy possible.

Contact Soltech Electric for Premier Solar Services

The moment your San Diego home or business is ready to switch to solar energy, keep the pros at Soltech in mind. Our industry-leading solar services are backed by 21 years of electrical experience and better business practices to bring our clients the most personalized approach to cutting electrical bills. We look to accomplish two things with every job we take: make your investment worthwhile and find the solution that best suits your unique needs. Call our team today to see how we can help your home or business save on energy costs!



I had Soltech Electric install solar on our home back in June last year.  We heard about Soltech through a co-worker who knows one of the co-founders/owners.  My co-worker had excellent reviews about their experience and their solar system.  Specifically, they said Brad (account manager and project manager) was very personable and knowledgeable, so they felt they received a complete picture of how solar works and the bid made sense and was cheaper than their other bids with the best inverter as well.  I made sure to set Soltech up to bid the job and told them I would also get a second bid or two just to compare.  Soltech Electric is a small company and they don’t throw money down the drain on marketing for customer acquisition so referrals are huge for them and they like to spend time with their customers.  I made sure to set up a phone call meeting and Brad and he explained all of the different inverter options so it made picking the equipment easy (I went with the best inverter in the market for my house-SolarEdge inverter! (The phone call was over an hour because I had a lot of questions) I was most pleased with the bid itself though, it was easy to understand and they gave great financial analysis for how much I would save.  It has almost been a year and it is very accurate (and the projections were even slightly conservative).  I would highly recommend having Soltech bid your house or project, they are honest, fair and their install crew was very professional.  I would recommend them to another close friend.

  • Josh I.

If you are reading this trying to determine which company to chose, I recommend going solar with Soltech Electric. My husband and I received one bid that was cheaper but I didn’t feel very comfortable with that company so I wasn’t worried about saving a small amount of money for what we may be getting. The whole experience start to finish was informative, on time and went smooth.  Our house was a pretty straight forward install, but we still had a lot of questions about financing vs. cash and how the whole process worked to get a finished product that would save me money.  Their financial analysis for the follow-up meeting made it very easy for me to know how to decide between a cash purchase or the different financing options.  We decided to finance it and I am happy I was able to come to that conclusion with accurate information.  They were accommodating to my work schedule and set dates to do the work and were spot on for when they showed up and how long it would take.  The install crew was very professional and the install went faster than I thought it would.

  • Tasha B.

For the person who wants to go solar with a dependable company they can work closely with you and give you what you want Soltech should be considered.  For me, it has been all over the news that larger National companies are more expensive and typically overall not as good of an option compared to local companies. Soltech is a ‘must call’ for solar info or to bid your project, it’s that simple.
I feel compelled to leave this review to let everyone know Soltech did a great job and impressed me on the install portion! I have a carpet and power washing company so being a nitpicky person on details, I know first-hand a job can be done with excellence or fast/sloppy and the end result may not be overly noticeable to the eye, but the details makes a world of difference.  For Soltech this means their roofing practices (*compared to other companies that assumed the roof’s waterproofing paper was fine and it didn’t need any attention and they didn’t suggest re-doing the waterproofing paper). I knew better with a 16-year-old roof on my house so with a brand new solar system I assumed it would be good to re-do the waterproof paper in the area of the solar system.  Brad with Soltech was the only company to suggest this as their best practice.  Brad explained their company belief on the longevity of the system vs. getting a quick install done which resonated with me.
Soltech takes pride in delivering a service that isn’t just putting panels on the roof.  I couldn’t be more pleased to know the roof and system will be saving me money for decades!  My hat is off to Soltech for a job well done!

  • Phillip C.