Enphase iQ7 vs SolarEdge HD-Wave side by side. Making the right solar energy system choice isn’t easy. With many people telling you what they think is the best, ask yourself “the best of what?” Best features? Best guarantee? Best performance? The list goes on. Make a decision based on data and the specifications of what’s important to you.

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Make: Enphase vs SolarEdge.

Model: iQ7 vs HD-Wave.

Variants: 3.0 | 4.0 | 5.0 System variants.

Connection: Single-phase.

 

GREATER THAN 3.3 IS A VERY GOOD SCORE. The following content for the Enphase iQ7 vs SolarEdge HD-Wave should be used as a guide only. Individual circumstances and compatibilities should always be taken into account when selecting the right inverter for any given installation. The below Enphase iQ7 vs SolarEdge HD-Wave content has been built using the Solar Review Inverter Assessment Criteria 2.0 and above based on available product specifications at the time of writing. 

Design.

Design is what defines a particular solar inverters ability to meet end-user expectation from modern appeal, future integrations and versatile installation locations.

Enphase iQ7 vs SolarEdge HD-Wave

Design Overall: Derived from the industries best specifications in each Solar Review inverter design sub-category, the side by side combined average for Enphase iQ7 vs SolarEdge HD-Wave is as follows:

Enphase

iQ7
  • AC Coupled battery compatibility (with selected battery technologies).
  • New release.
  • Fanless.
  • Internationally recognised award.
  • CE certified.
  • Innovative.
  • IP 67.

SolarEdge

HD-Wave
  • Hybrid without EPS (battery compatibility with selected battery technologies).
  • Internal redesign, old shape.
  • Fanless.
  • InterSolar award.
  • TÜV Reihnland certified.
  • Inspiring.
  • IP 65.

Features.

As the heart of your new self sufficient power supply, the features of an inverter define the opportunity for diverse interaction, variable installation design methods and defined asset management opportunities.

Enphase iQ7 vs SolarEdge HD-Wave

Features Overall: Derived from the industries most notable qualities in each Solar Review inverter features sub-category, the side by side combined average for Enphase iQ7 vs SolarEdge HD-Wave is as follows:

Enphase

iQ7
  • Microinverters and module level optimisation.
  • Basic LED.
  • WiFi & Ethernet inbuilt (Plus 4G optional).
  • Inbuilt Isolator not required.
  • Manufacturer supplied module-level optimisation compatibilites.
  • Manufacturer supplied module-level rapid shutdown capibilities.
  • Manufacturer supplied expanded monitoring capabilites.
  • Mandatory optimisation shadow management.
  • Installer remote access support is rated at - firmware updates.

SolarEdge

HD-Wave
  • Microinverters and module level optimisation.
  • LCD Graphic Interface.
  • WiFi & Ethernet inbuilt (Plus 4G optional).
  • Inbuilt Isolator.
  • Manufacturer supplied module-level optimisation compatibilites.
  • Manufacturer supplied module-level rapid shutdown capibilities.
  • Manufacturer supplied expanded monitoring capabilites
  • Mandatory optimisation shadow management.
  • Installer remote access support is rated at - firmware updates.

Performance.

Performance in more ways than just efficiency alone. How does a solar inverter perform within its intended environment and in adverse conditions? The key specifications not often at first thought.

Enphase iQ7 vs SolarEdge HD-Wave

Performance Overall: Derived from the industries best specifications in each Solar Review inverter performance sub-category, the side by side combined average for Enphase iQ7 vs SolarEdge HD-Wave is as follows:

Enphase

iQ7
  • 97% European efficiency.
  • Temperature range of -40°C.
  • Temperature range of +65°C.
  • Temperature derating not listed.
  • Weighs 1kg per device.
  • Noise emission obsolete.

SolarEdge

HD-Wave
  • 98.8% European efficiency.
  • Temperature range of -20°C.
  • Temperature range of +60°C.
  • Temperature derating of 50°C.
  • Weighs 15kg.
  • Noise emission of 25 dB (A).

Guarantee.

Manufacturer guarantees are interesting when selecting an inverter technology. More commonly is a complimentary extension to base guarantee options in recent years. As guarantee obligations can often be shielded by installer incompetence, should a manufacturer define an adequately trained installer network with a complimentary warranty extension (added end-user benefit), such guarantee has been considered as a base warranty more likely of adhering manufacturer installation specifications.

Important: A manufacturers obligations under guarantee will be obsolete if the inverter is not installed to manufacturer specifications. Use an authorised installer.

Guarantee Overall: Derived from the industries greatest base guarantees in each Solar Review inverter guarantee sub-category, the side by side combined average for Enphase iQ7 vs SolarEdge HD-Wave is as follows:

Enphase

iQ7
  • 10-year parts warranty.
  • 10-year labour warranty.
  • Authorised installer network with no additional end-user benefits.

SolarEdge

HD-Wave
  • 12-year parts warranty.
  • 12-year labour warranty.
  • Authorised installer network with no additional end-user benefits.

Maximum points are awarded to warranty stipulation at 10-years and over.

Software.

In a modern world, software is how you interact with your self generated power supply. More than just a monitoring portal, inverter software is evolving to become the entire energy management protocol as the new standard.

Enphase iQ7 vs SolarEdge HD-Wave

Software Overall: Derived from the industries most feature-rich user experience in each Solar Review software category, the side by side combined average for Enphase iQ7 vs SolarEdge HD-Wave is as follows:

Enphase

iQ7
  • Enphase Enlighten.
  • iOS & Android app.
  • Alerts & fault diagnosis.

SolarEdge

HD-Wave
  • SolarEdge Monitoring.
  • iOS & Android app.
  • Alerts & fault diagnosis.

Affordability.

All well and good having the greatest technology, but what if that technology is simply out of reach for most? Adversely, the cheapest product may lack essential technology requirements expected by many end-users. Put price into perspective. Affordability is where price and technology come together to help determine value.

Enphase iQ7 vs SolarEdge HD-Wave

Affordability Overall: Derived from the comparative industry price points, inverter affordability is a combination of technology for price, the side by side combined average for Enphase iQ7 vs SolarEdge HD-Wave is as follows:

Enphase

IQ7
  • Superior technology score.
  • 5kW from $3000 USD ex.

SolarEdge

HD-Wave
  • Exceptional technology score.
  • 5kW from $2500 USD ex.

OVERALL.

The below overall comparison for the Enphase iQ7 vs SolarEdge HD-Wave is broken up into two final scores.

  • Overall technology ranking; the average of design, features, performance, guarantee and software (for those less concerned about price).
  • Overall ranking; the average of design, features, performance, guarantee, software and affordability. 
Overall technology:
Enphase iQ7
SolarEdge HD-Wave
Overall:
Enphase iQ7
SolarEdge HD-Wave

Overall: The final average of each Solar Review Inverter Assessment Criteria category. Out of 5, side by side the combined average for the Enphase iQ7 vs SolarEdge HD-Wave is as follows:

Enphase

iQ7
  • Design 4.1
  • Features 4.4
  • Performance 4.2
  • Guarantee 4.5
  • Software 4.0
  • Technology 4.2
  • Affordability 2.6

SolarEdge

HD-Wave
  • Design 4.3
  • Features 4.6
  • Performance 4.3
  • Guarantee 4.5
  • Software 4.0
  • Technology 4.3
  • Affordability 3.0

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Insight:

How was the score for the Enphase iQ7 vs SolarEdge HD-Wave calculated? By utilising the Solar Review Inverter Assessment Criteria V2.3 >

4 COMMENTS

  1. This comparison is not performed using the proper methodology and thus falsely gives the advantage to SolarEdge HD-Wave. The Enphase inverter works best with the IQ7+ using a 340-400W 72-cell panel that can be used on residential applications such as a 5kW system. In this scenario, the LCOE of the Enphase is far better than SolarEdge HD-Wave. In addition the software monitoring and remote diagnostics are far better with the Enphase than SolarEdge giving the product a better asset management capability.

    • What is “the proper methodology”? The comparison, in this case, is the Solar Review Assessment Criteria which is available for consumers to review and decide what is and is not important to their unique scenario. It is great that you have a select product combination where a solution works best for your clientele – Afterall one solar product doesn’t fit all. The downside to your ideal product combination is this solution doesn’t quite match a diverse array of installation scenarios.

  2. It’s doesn’t even give the correct info on the warranty for enphase iq7. On the enphase website it says 25 years. On this completely false review it states 10 years. What makes you think that any other specs it shows for both products to be correct?

    • In the U.S you are correct. Solar Review though is an international site and compares international specifications. Alternative countries where Enphase micro-inverters are subjected to potentially more testing environments, the product warranty is 10-years. As a standard, Solar Review compares international specifications only. Every technology should be considered on its own merits locally. This site has never stated otherwise. Isn’t it nice to know a world exists beyond American borders where other people may also consider solar energy?

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