Sofar is an inverter brand from China .Sofar has launced a model 5kW HYD 5000 ES of series 1Φ (3-8)kW ESwhich is of Hybrid type , meaning that it can connect to both solar panels and energy storage battery. The efficiency of 5kW HYD 5000 ES is 97.8%.
Sofar the 5kW HYD 5000 ES model of series 1Φ (3-8)kW ES has 2 MPPT ( Maximum point tracking ) input for solar panel arrays , which can face 2 directions of your rooftop. If solar portion of your rooftop faces multiple directions then then home owner should purchase a multiple MPPT inverter. Select inverter only which are compatible with the latest solar panel models. This model has a max input curent capability of 12 Amps, where as industry trend is to choose a model with a min current capability of 15 Amps or more , especially when using high efficiency solar panels.
This 5kW model can be overloaded to 4 kW for 10 seconds which is useful to avoid inverter tripping (shutting off) for loads like aircon , motor etc. which create surge power on the solar inverter for the first few seconds. Select the following models of inverter for best compatibility to all your home appliances
By 2025 thousands of residential inverters like you will be able to together create a stable national grid. This will result in additional income for the home owner. This series 1Φ (3-8)kW ES of Sofar cannot connect to a distributed grid and perform advanced Grid-Support Grid forming Functions as a Distributed Energy Resource (DER) which is becoming common in developed countriesSuch smart inverters sense the grid (i.e. voltage and frequency) and can respond individually in ways that help maintain grid stability rather than just shutting off like tradional solar inverters. Select the best [Grid forming residential VPP inverters] (https://www.pathtogreenhomes.com/?url=/what-is-vpp-and-solar-inverters).
A non Smart solar inverter treats all household loads including Electric vehicle equally. The real time capability of the solar inverter to deliver maximum power to the electric vehicle is called PV Optimised. This model cannot charge an Electric Vehicle (EV) in a PV optimised or forecast based manner, when solar power should feed the car and not the household loads. Select in [pathtogreenhomes.com] (pathtogreenhomes.com). The best EV charging solar inverter with PV optimization capability.
A non smart solar inverter treats all household loads including Heat pump equally. The real time capability of the solar inverter is to put last priority as the heat pump , with excess solar power used for space heating or space cooling .The priority of smart inverters shoud be as follows 1st EV, 2nd household loads , 3rd battery charging and lastly heat pumps. . This Sofar model cannot communicate with a smart grid ready Heat Pump. Select in [pathtogreenhomes.com] (pathtogreenhomes.com) the best Heat pump- compatible solar inverter
The standard warranty of this model 1Φ (3-8)kW ESis 5 years.Extended warranty may be seperately purchased. PathtoGreenhomes recommends solar inverter to have 12 years+ warranty to at least match product warranty of solar panels