How Solar Works and What Is a Solar Power System

How Solar Works

We can change sunlight directly to electricity using solar cells. Every day, light hits your roof’s Solar Panels with photons (particles of sunlight). The solar panel converts those photons into electrons of direct current (“DC”) electricity. The electrons flow out of the solar panel and into an inverter and other electrical safety devices. The inverter converts that “DC” power (commonly used in batteries) into alternating current or “AC” power. AC power is the kind of electrical that your television, computer, and toasters use when plugged into the wall outlet.

A net energy meter keeps track of the all the power your solar system produces. Any solar energy that you do not use simultaneous with production will go back into the electrical grid through the meter. At night or on cloudy days, when your system is not producing more than your building needs, you will consume electricity from the grid as normal. Your utility will bill you for the “net” consumption for any given billing period and provide you with a dollar credit for any excess during a given period. You can carry your bill credit forward for up to a year.

 

What Is Solar Power System

Also called a solar electric system or photovoltaic pv system, Solar Power Systems use Solar Panels to collect photons of lights from the sun and use them to create an .  To learn more about solar PV systems, please our page How do solar power system work

A photovoltaic PV solar power system is a collection of components which, when used together, produce electricity from sunlight that can be used for a variety of purposes.  There are several different types of solar photovoltaic systems including the following:

 

All of the system types listed above begin and end with the photovoltaic array, consisting of one or more solar panels, which converts electromagnetic radiation in the form of sunlight into direct current (DC) electricity.  This is true for any residential, commercial, or industrial solar power system.  And, depending on whether or not a system includes batteries, a solar PV system will also include a charge controller, which regulates the charge to the batteries, and an inverter, which converts DC electricity to AC electricity.  A PV system also includes cables and wiring that connect all the system components together into a complete system.

Our wide selection of solar electric systems come in various wattage configurations, or sizes.  We have Residential Solar Power kits that are capable of powering a home.  We also supply solar lighting kits for lighting up a dark sign. Providing power to scientific or oil and gas patch sensing and telemetry in remote locations is easy using our pole-mount solar kits.  The list of examples of applications that can be powered by a solar power system is long and includes numerous military and federal, state, county, and municipal government applications, transportation including street lights, traffic control, rail, and even satellites and space stations.  There is even a start-up company attempting to perfect their solar roadway invention.

Our Solar Photovoltaic Systems and kits include high-quality components that are tested and certified to the highest quality standard and are designed for optimal durability and performance for up to 25 years – and beyond.

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