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Don't want to get too bogged down in PV stuff in a car forum.... String inverters are dirt simple with all panels in series like batteries. If you shade ONE panel, you kill the whole string. Most string inverters have two or three inputs, so shade one panel you lose 1/3 or 1/2 of your production. Microinverter systems and SolarEdge systems with optimizers can "route around" a shaded panel and you'll only lose the power that one panel would have made.
Right. I have microinverters, and its a boon in the snow. As the snow clears off the panels you can see each panel coming back online separately. Indeed, I don't need to look on my roof anymore to see how much snow has retreated. Its right there in the software. Geez, another reason to stay on the sofa...
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