Most people know what a solar panel looks like, but did you know that there’s more to a solar energy system than just the panels?
If you’re considering making the switch to solar energy for your home or business, you should understand how your system will work.
Main Components Of A Solar Energy System
While different systems can have different elements, the core components typically include:
- Solar Panels
- Solar Inverter
- Power System Disconnects
- Solar Power Meter
- Solar Battery
- Racks & Mounts
- Charge Controller
Solar panels (also known as photovoltaic panels) are wired together to build a solar array. These panels will absorb sunlight which is the source of energy for your home or business.
There are several types of solar panels, but the most common are monocrystalline silicon panels and are considered to be the industry standard.
An inverter is how electricity produced by your solar panels is converted into electricity you can use. Your solar panels capture Direct Current (DC) electricity and it needs to be converted into Alternating Current (AC) electricity.
Most appliances and electronics use AC electricity, which is why a solar inverter is essential.
Power System Disconnect
The power system disconnect is simply an electrical switch that controls your solar energy system. You’ll use this switch if you need to turn off your system for repairs or maintenance.
Solar Power Meter
Your meter will allow you to check how much power your panels supply. It will enable you to monitor how your solar energy system performs and get maximum efficiency out of your system.
Not every solar energy system will have a solar battery, but if you have an off-grid system or a grid-tied system with a battery backup, then a solar battery will be part of your system. Solar batteries are used for backup power during a power outage or to store excess power to use after sunlight hours.
Racks & Mounts
Your solar panels will be mounted on your roof, ground, or using pole mounts. Roof mounts are the most common types of solar array mounts that most homes and commercial buildings use. Ground mounts are typically used for agricultural purposes and commercial settings.
This device manages the flow of electricity from your solar panel array to a battery. If you don’t have a solar battery as part of your power system, then a charge controller isn’t necessary.
Solar System Installation Process
Solar installers are who you will interact with the most as you make this transition to renewable energy for your home or business.
It’s important to hire the best team of specialized experts to complete your solar panel installation. At Advanced Solar our mission is to build a brighter future and be a positive influence on all of our clients.
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Have questions about how switching to solar energy works for your home, business, or farm and how it can help you save on utility bills? Maybe you want to find the best way to protect against power outages using solar energy.
We’re here to answer your questions and help you find the best solution for you.