We’ve all been hearing the many benefits of using a Solar Power System in our homes and establishments, but how exactly does it work? Here are the key components of a Solar Power System that basically explains the process, from the sun’s rays to your utility meter:
- Photovoltaic (PV) Panel
The solar panels, or solar arrays, are the main part of the Photovoltaic (PV) system. This is the component responsible for changing the sun’s rays into electricity. These panels are made from silicon, which converts the sun’s light into electricity via the photoelectric effect. For maximum efficiency, the panels must be placed in a location where it can absorb as much sunlight as possible, like on the roof or a piece of land that is exposed to direct sunlight.
- The Inverter
The Solar Panel converts the sun’s rays into electricity in the form of Direct Current (DC). The inverter’s job is to receive this Direct Current and convert it into an Alternate Current (AC) form of electricity. This is the type of electricity that we use in our homes and offices.
- Home Electrical Panel
From the inverter, the electricity in the form of AC is delivered to your home’s electrical panel. This is your structure’s breaker box. It is then delivered to your entire home for your consumption: it powers your lights, your gadgets, and your home appliances.
- Utility Meter
This measures the power that is being provided to you by the electric company. But this meter measures power both ways. It measures whatever power is given to you by the power company, but it also quantifies any power that your home is able to produce via your solar power system.
- Monitoring Equipment
Every Solar Power System is equipped with a monitor so you can check the efficiency of your solar power set-up.
A+ Circuit Solutions have qualified staff and technicians that can help you understand how solar power systems work. With the help of our team, we’ll make sure that you get great solar panel installation service and that you’ll get the most out of this investment. Remember: having a solar power system is not a purchase – it’s the best investment you’ll make. Call us today.