5KW Solaredge Inverter Model SE5K, SE5000A-US
US buyers only.
Single Phase Inverter Feature highlights
Solar inverters specifically designed to work with power optimizers
Excellent reliability with standard 12 year warranty (extendable to 20 or 25 years)
Small, lightweight and easy to install
Communication to internet via broadband or wireless ZigBee
Optional Rapid Shutdown functionality for NEC 2014 690.12
Optional revenue grade data, ANSI C12.1
Please read the information below for more information on PV Solar Systems.
Federal Solar Tax Credit
Claim up to 30% of the cost of your new solar system for your home, including both equipment and installation.
Please note: A consumer must have a federal tax liability to take advantage of the solar investment tax credit.
State Solar Tax Credit
Check with your state to see what credits are available.
Please note: A consumer must have a state tax liability to take advantage of the solar investment tax credit.
Detailed Information about PV Solar Systems and Parts you will not find Anywhere in one location
Our PV Solar Systems are for those who want to do it yourself (DIY) and save. We do not install, but have installed and sold solar products for several years and will provide all the information and help we can.
What to do First
Replace all your incandescent light bulbs in your home to LED bulbs, and then do all you can to make your home as energy efficient as possible. The air conditioner is by far the biggest user of electrical power in most homes, so make sure it is running properly. Apply for a Net Meter from your power company. Purchase this system so you have the information we provide to help you apply for a building permit with the proper information and drawings, and get any engineering needed so there are no delays. We only provide our instructions, information, and drawings, after purchase via email.
PV Solar Systems
We have complete net metering on grid solar systems available at low costs that are less than half the cost of most systems installed, plus they qualify for the federal and state tax credits. Most solar companies charge over $20,000 for a typical net meter grid tie system of about 5,000 watts installed. The federal tax credit is currently 30%. Check with your state to see what tax credit may be available. We include detailed instructions with help in getting your building permit. Most cities require engineering of the roof and mounting system, a drawing of your site with specifications, and a drawing showing labeling of conduit and power panels. We provide examples to help guide you.
What is Net Metering
A net power meter is required for a solar power system or photo voltaic PV system to earn credits from your power company. You cannot use your old meter as it will charge you for power you generate as it cannot determine the power flow direction. You must apply for a net meter from your power company. It usually takes 25 to 45 days to get approval, and then they will only install the net meter after you pass the final permit inspection. It takes 1 or 2 weeks to get the net meter installed by your power company after they get a notice of the final inspection. Power companies no long pay you for power you generate so you want to size the system so your solar credits equal the power you use. A 5,000 watt system is all that is needed for most homes. If you have a swimming pool, spa, electric car, or other high power usage device you may need another 1,000 to 2,000 watts or more.
Types of PV Solar Systems
A solar system is either a net metering system or a battery backup system. Battery backup systems provide backup power when the power goes out, but requires many expensive batteries that need replaced every few years. The costs of batteries and the costs of replacing batteries will offset most of the energy savings generated, and much of the power generated during the day is wasted as more power than is needed is generated during the day. A net meter system will not provide power when the power goes out. Hybrid systems can be built, but are expensive. For power outages a small 2,000 watt generator and a few gallons of gasoline is a good backup and costs only $300 to $1000 depending on the quality of the generator. All PV solar systems installed to your house must be permitted including a small battery backup system.
Types of Net Metering PV Solar Systems
There are 3 types of PV net metering solar systems. The lowest cost uses a standard string inverter. It is about 10% to 25% less efficient than the other two types. The solar panels are wired in usually 2 series strings. The string voltage is high voltage DC up to 500 volts DC and is dangerous to install or work on in sunlight. The other two types of systems have about the same higher efficiency. The most expensive uses micro inverters from enphase. A micro inverter is installed on every solar panel and produces 240 volts AC. The 240 volts AC again is dangerous to install or work on in sunlight. The third type is a string inverter from SolarEdge. It uses power optimizers installed on every solar panel. These optimizers will optimize the current and voltage from the solar panels to provide optimum efficiency, particularly with partial shading of solar panels or solar panels installed of different plains, such as east or west instead of south. This system is the safest to install and work on as the optimizers produce only 1 volt DC until they are connected to the inverter and the inverter is operating. Proper operation can easily be verified while installing by checking the safe low voltage DC and adding the voltages to see that the panels are operating. This is very important for the self installer. For these reasons, the SolarEdge system is the system we sell.
Types of PV Solar Panels
Our PV solar systems come with high quality polycrystalline SolarWorld, Made in the USA, solar panels and have a 25 year warranty.
PV Solar Panel Mounting System
We provide instructions and an engineering example for mounting the solar panels with our low cost easy to install system that does not use expensive aluminum rails. This mounting system costs much less so we can provide mounting at a lower cost. The mounting system is not included with this system. See our listings for solar panel mounting systems.
Other Items you will Need.
You will need the mounting system mentioned above $150 to $300 or a rail mounting system $1,000 to $1,500, wire, conduit, and safety shutoff switch $300 to $500, a building permit $200 to $600, roofing and solar panel mounting engineering in many locations $250 to $600.