Tesla Solar Inverter completes the Tesla home solar system, converting DC power from solar to AC power for home consumption. (Tesla)

Solar inverters convert the DC output from solar panels into AC that can be fed into a commercial electrical grid or used by a local, off-grid electrical network. A standalone inverter can be used in isolated systems where the inverter draws its DC energy from batteries charged by solar panels.

What happened?

Tesla just launched its first standalone solar inverter which is available in two capacities – 3.8kW and 7.8kW. The two “versions” feature two (for the 3.8kW version) and four (for the 7.8kW version) maximum power point trackers (MPPTs).

The inverters will allow Tesla Solar Roof and rooftop solar panel installed homes with different energy needs to equip an inverter appropriate for the size of their home.

What does it mean?

The advantage here is that Tesla now has a product verticality that covers the entire solar installation process, which gives it more control over the cost of its solar systems.

This also means Tesla is now directly in competition with Enphase and SolarEdge for a piece of the inverter market business.

Derick Lila
Derick is a Clark University graduate—and Fulbright alumni with a Master's Degree in Environmental Science, and Policy. He has over a decade of solar industry research, marketing, and content strategy experience.

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