By Sunny Wang, director of government affairs and communications, Aurora Solar
While solar softwares can help design theoptimal PV system, the components you select will also make a difference in achieving thedesired energy production.
One particular component type — the smart module — has beenincreasing in popularitybecause of its benefits compared to traditional modules. If you haven’t considered smart modules (also known as DC-optimized modules) they’re worth a look.
A smart module is a solar panel with an integratedDC power optimizer. Smart solar modules will have the power optimizers pre-attached to them, and the optimizers help each panel operate at its maximum power level regardless of how the other panels on the same string are performing. This allows formore energy to be harvestedfrom the smart module PV systems.
The tradeoff of using smart modules comes down primarily to cost. The price tag might be higher, but the benefits from smart solar modules may be more attractive depending on the situation.
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