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Well Let’s go through the basics.
- The cells in your solar panels absorb the energy from the sun’s rays.
- The circuits in those cells then transforms that energy into direct current energy
- That energy then passes through the inverter that converts it to usable alternating current that comes through the wall outlet.
- You can either store that power, send it back or use it in your home.
A solar panel system exists out of:
- Solar photovoltaic panels – to transform the sun’s rays into usable electricity.
- Inverters – to transform direct current into usable alternating current.
- Mounting systems – to keep your solar panels in place whether they’re on the roof or on the ground
- Monitoring systems – to monitor the performance and maintenance of your solar panels and inverters
A solar panel is made of rows of silicon solar cells which are layered with glass and sealed with a metal frame. There are small wires in and around these cells that gather the electrical flow.
The energy that the solar panels have now collected is direct current electricity, however most homes/businesses use alternating current. This is where the converter comes in, it is the converter’s job to transform the direct current into usable alternating current.
There is more than one type of inverter:
String/centralized – one inverter connects all your solar panels to your electrical panel. This is the least expensive option and is a very durable option.
Microinverters – one inverter is installed for each solar panel which gives each solar panel the change to maximize energy production. This option is more pricey and not as durable. When one of the panel’s productions is compromised due to shade it influences the whole string.
Power optimizers – this is crossover between string and microinverters. The power optimizers are installed at each of the panels and connected to one inverter.
Monitoring systems will allow you to track performance. You can measure the amount of energy the solar panels produce. You can monitor on-sight as the panels are located are on your property or you can monitor it all on a mobile devise or online.
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