Why Inverters Use Cell Data

Inverters are what convert DC energy from your modules into AC energy that is used to provide electricity for your building. Depending on which inverter your system uses, your inverter may use cell data to stay connected to your system’s monitoring platform. Inverters that utilize cell data use it for tasks like keeping track of module health or performing remote software installations/updates. Inverters keep track of module health by monitoring a module’s production or in some cases your systems production. When a module’s production level goes down, inverter’s use cell data to report that production drop on the monitoring platform. Decreased production levels could also mean a module has been damaged and needs repair. Either way, inverters that keep track of system health need to utilize some form of communication to stay connected to the systems monitoring platform.

Goodbye 2G/3G

With the abundance of 4G and 5G towers, cellular network providers have made the decision to phase out 2G and 3G cell networks. This means that inverters that utilize a 2G and 3G cellular network won’t be able to perform the functions that require the use of cell data.

Next Steps

While 2G and 3G networks are being phased out, there are steps you can take to prepare your system for this transition. Replacement parts for your system can be purchased so your inverter can continue their communication functions once 2G and 3G are gone. Your inverter’s cellular modem will need to be replaced with a 4G or 5G model. If your inverter supports hard wired connection, a certified technician can be contracted to install an ethernet communication kit can be into your home’s router to replace 2G or 3G with WiFi.

Installing Replacement Parts

Whether you decide to upgrade your modem or connect to WiFi, Sun Service Specialists can help. When upgrading your inverter’s modem, you will need the help of a service specialist since the inverter’s face plate must be removed to access the cellular comm kit. Our service specialists take the extra steps necessary to know the ins and outs of your system. Click the link here to get in touch with a service specialist.

Closing Thoughts

The solar industry is an industry where product innovation is constant. Manufacturers are always brainstorming ways to improve solar systems whether that be with innovations in modules or changes with inverters. New advances in technology means the solar industry has to change and adjust to these advances. Staying up to date with your system’s manufacturers and keeping up with our blog are both great ways to be proactive with your systems longevity.