This paper presents a new family of high efficiency dc/ac grid-tied inverter with a wide variation of input dc voltage. It is a “boost in boost, buck in buck” inverter, meaning that only one power stage works at high frequency in order to achieve minimum switching loss. The minimum voltage drop of the filtering inductor in the power loop is achieved to reduce the conduction power loss in both “boost” and “buck” mode. The principle of operation is demonstrated through the analysis on the equivalent circuits of a “half-bridge” single-phase inverter. The theoretical analysis shows that when input dc voltage is larger than the magnitude of the ac voltage, it is a voltage-source inverter, and on the contrary it is current-source inverter in the other mode. A 220 V/50 Hz/ 2000 W prototype has been constructed. Simulations and experiments show that it has a good control and system performance.