Understanding different types of solar
Understanding different types of solar

Understanding different
types of solar

What are the key differentiating factors in a decision for a solar utility?

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What to pay attention to when purchasing
solar hardware?

A wide range of solar solutions are available differing in performance, quality, safety and price.
In general you can distinguish 2 types of solar utilities. Traditional and smart solar utilities.

Traditional solar systems

Traditional solar systems

In a traditional solar system modules are connected in strings of 15 to 25 solar panels. The performance and behaviour of the strings is defined by the module with the lowest performance and monitored on a string level.

Smart solar systems

Smart solar systems

In smart solar systems, the performance and behaviour of every single solar panel is monitored and optimized by an optimizer. This results in higher productivity and improved safety standards.

Solar is a long term investment

A solar installation has a lifetime of over 25 years. Therefore it is important to assess which system will suit your needs and wishes best. Take costs and income into account and optimise your total cost of ownership over this full period. Lower operational costs over the full lifetime of the solar installation have a substantial impact on the return on investment.

Why a traditional solar system?

Why a traditional solar system?

The main advantage is that initial investment costs are lower because technology is relatively simple. In case of limited shading effects the traditional solar system yields high production.

However the traditional systems’ safety features are not as sophisticated as for smart solar systems. 

Why a smart solar system?

Why a smart solar system?

The main advantages of smart solar are increased safety and lower operational costs because of module-based monitoring and steering. And even in areas with shading, smart solar still yields high production due to panel-based optimization.

A smart solar utility yields higher return over the lifetime of the solar utility and is future proof. 

Long-term versus short-term investment

Long-term versus
short-term investment

Smart solar installations yield a higher return on investment (ROI) over the full lifetime of the installation. In the short term a traditional system requires lower investment costs. However, on the longer term the more efficient operations and the longer warranty periods result in higher return on investment for smart solar utilities over the full lifetime of the investment.

On top of that, Smart solar is future proof by exceeding the increasing safety requirements of regulators and insurance companies.

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