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# Thread: DC watts to AC watts conversion equation

1. ## DC watts to AC watts conversion equation

PV modules are rated in DC watts, utilities net metering is calculated in AC watts. Does anyone recall the engineering conversion from DC to AC watts? Can anyone identify the typical inverter's DC watt input to AC watts output conversion/results?

2. dc watts = ac watts Watts are a measure of power or heat. 5V DC @ 1 A = 5W, same with AC 5VAC @ 1A = 5W

As for inverter conversion losses, they vary widely from 60% to 95%, somewhat tracking price, higher price = higher efficiency. (not counting ebay inverter scams)
Reputable mfgs publish an efficiency chart for their inverters

Hope that helps. Mike

3. ## DC watts minus inverter loss = AC watts credited?

If for example, a grid-tied, 1kW DC system, is connected to a 95% efficient inverter, assuming that is the total loss (assuming unity power factor), are you saying the utility will recognize the contribution of 950 W AC?

4. Originally Posted by crlare

If for example, a grid-tied, 1kW DC system, is connected to a 95% efficient inverter, assuming that is the total loss (assuming unity power factor), are you saying the utility will recognize the contribution of 950 W AC?
Yes, except you might have a fridge running, or other local load in your house, which will use off your PV, and the balance will feed the grid.

Depending on your meter. Some meters run backwards, some run forward as you feed, and you pay for what you give !! When you get permitted grid tie, they change the meter to the type to match your service. If you have just installed the system and they have not changed the meter, you may get odd results.