How is sunlight converted into electricity? Here’s an overview of the solar process, and the equipment that can help you generate your own clean, more affordable energy for your commercial business.
1. Solar Panels
The solar panels are made up of photovoltaic (PV) cells, which convert sunlight into direct current (DC) electricity throughout the day.
This device converts the DC electricity generated by the solar panels into the alternating current (AC) electricity.
3. Electrical Panel
The AC electricity is sent from the inverter to your electrical panel to power your lights and appliances with solar energy. The electrical panel is often called a “breaker box.”
4. Utility Meter
The utility meter measures your energy use. It actually goes backward when your system generates more power than you immediately need. This excess solar energy offsets the energy you use at night.
5. Utility Grid
Your business is still connected to the grid. You’ll need that power from the utility company at night, but don’t worry. The cost is offset by any excess solar energy you put into the grid during the day.
Making the decision to install a solar power system means having a full understanding of how creating renewable energy works. While it may seem like a complicated process, simple steps are taken to convert the sun’s rays into electrical energy for your home.
There are six components of a solar power system, as shown through this solar panel diagram that will harness the sun’s energy and make it your own:
Solar modules are the heart of solar energy systems. These panels come in three types: monocrystalline, polycrystalline and amorphous silicon, also known as “thin film.” Monocrystalline and polycrystalline silicon are the two most commonly used styles of panels due to high performance and quantity of electrical output.
Designing the module array is the key to making your home or business energy efficient. Solar by Kiss can help you create the most efficient solar panel system by providing homeowners a self-guided tour of their energy use. This energy consultation will pinpoint sources of inefficiencies and rank energy-saving improvements by cost and savings.
Installing a proper array of solar modules will help consumers create a more energy-efficient home. There are a few steps homeowners can take to see even greater savings once they switch to solar: