History of Solar Inverters The history of solar inverters in India can be tied up with the advent of solar panels in India. Though solar panels were used in small quantities earlier, it was actually after the Modi government at the Centre that solar technology became more popular in India. The success of solar can be measured by the eightfold jump in number of solar installations from 2.63 GW in 2014 to 22 GW currently.
Solar inverters are a crucial part of a solar system since power from sun cannot be directly used to run electrical appliances. Starting out as just boxes converting DC into AC, today, solar inverters have evolved to become much more smart and intelligent units, performing other functions such as data monitoring, advanced utility controls etc.
Solar Inverters in India are mostly imported through a few domestic and international manufacturers have set up manufacturing operations in India.
String inverters can be used for both rooftop and utility solar, while central inverter is used exclusively for utility-scale applications. Micro inverters are the best option for residential solar but they are not yet very popular in India.