A photovoltaic system is a renewable energy technology that transforms the energy from the sun into electricity using photovoltaics. These, photovoltaics, also known as solar panels, provide a reliable green energy solution.
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The system does not cause any pollution or emissions and has numerous advantages.
Photovoltaic systems use photovoltaic cells to collect solar energy from the sunlight and then convert it into direct current (DC) electricity. The reflection of the sunlight will create an electric field across photovoltaic systems, causing electricity to flow.
The DC electricity will be transported to an inverter, which will convert this DC power into alternating current (AC). This AC power is the type of electricity which is used for the electric appliances in your home, also referred to as AC load.
Solar panels have numerous components and generally consist of 6 individual components: the solar PV array, a charge controller, a battery bank, an inverter, a utility meter and an electric grid. These components all need to be fitted precisely to maximise the efficiency of your solar panels.
Installing a charge controller and a battery bank is optional, however, these two components are integral in assisting you to store and make better use of your generated electricity. It is worth noting that the addition of these components can bring up the price of your solar panel installation. Book a free consultation below to find out the best solar panel options for your home specifically.
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The following is a brief explanation of what each component does in a solar panel:
A solar photovoltaic array consists of a number of solar PV panels that are electrically connected. The solar PV array then generates Direct Current from sunlight.
By dint of the flexibility of modular photovoltaic arrays, PV systems offer numerous designs and a wide assortment of electrical needs, regardless of how large or small the installation surface is.
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Charge controllers regulate the DC from the solar panels to make sure that the batteries don’t overcharge. This means that the charge controller can measure whether the batteries are fully charged and can stop the current from flowing in order to prevent the batteries from permanent damage.
A battery bank ensures that none of your unused energy goes to waste, it does this by storing the energy that is being produced by the PV array and does not consume the energy immediately. This then enables your solar panels to supply your home with electricity during the night or during cloudy weather without relying on sunlight.
A solar power inverter is a key part of any solar photovoltaic system, its role is to convert electricity from Direct Current (DC) to Alternating Current (AC). This is necessary since you need AC power for the energy supply of your home appliances.
Irrelevant of the type of solar PV system, your household has a power meter that measures the electricity consumption per house or apartment. The utility meter is connected to the solar panel PV system and then measures how much electricity you are using in your home, the electricity you generated using the solar panels that are not used will be fed back into the electric grid.
Only a very small number of homes in the UK are living off the grid. Although there are renewable technologies that make living off the grid possible, such as solar battery solutions; most homeowners might still opt for a combination of solar and grid-based electricity.
When your home is connected to an electric grid, the extra power that is generated once your battery bank is full will be sent to the grid. This, therefore, means that during periods when the PV panels don’t cover your energy needs, you will be able to still supply your home with power from the electric grid, if necessary.
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How long it will take for your solar panels take to pay for themselves and whether you can make money from them depends on a number of factors. Such as:
• The location, size, angle, orientation and shading of your roof
• The cost of your solar PV installation
• How much of the electricity generated you are able to use if you are often at
home or use appliances during the day
For a more in-depth guide to how much money solar PV panels can save you and how long it takes for them to pay for themselves, which? have a good resource.
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