In the context of residential solar storage systems, a hybrid inverter (sometimes referred to as a multi-mode inverter) is an inverter which can simultaneously manage inputs from both solar panels and a battery bank, charging batteries with either solar panels or the electricity grid (depending on which is more economical or preferred). Their capabilities may go beyond this however – some devices also handle inputs from wind turbines, generators and other power sources. Hybrid inverters can vary in size, performance and features. Most models usually operate bi-directionally, meaning they can convert DC power from modules to usable AC power and then convert stored AC from the batteries to power loads when needed. Hybrids can also remain grid-connected and use a mix of renewable and non-renewable energy to charge batteries and offset loads.
- All-in-one inverter solution for grid-connected solar-plus-storage systems
- Frequently intelligent and programmable for maximizing overall system efficiency and savings
- Can usually be installed without batteries for future expansion
- Long history of use in off-grid and stand-alone power systems