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An inductor-capacitor-inductor (LCL) filter are widely adapted in grid-connected inverter applications. In this paper, the harmonic attenuations of the LCL filter are quantitatively analyzed, and then the design optimization of two inductance values, which are related on a cost and a size, is illustrated. Based on the design optimization, the LCL filter employing a symmetric geometry is proposed. Through the equivalent circuit analysis of the proposed LCL filter, the operating characteristics and validity are presented in detail. In addition, simple proportional-integral (PI) current controller suitable for the LCL Filter is designed to mitigate the resonance problem. From simulation results, it is seen that the proposed LCL filter and control method have a sufficient attenuation and stability for the high frequency distortions and load variations.