Solar Energy

A great way to upgrade your home is installing a solar energy system. Solar panels use energy from the sun to power your home. This renewable energy resource will eliminate your home’s electric expenses and also help the environment.

7 Basic Components you will need for your Solar Power System.
Solar Panels

You can order discount photovoltaic cells online, and assemble these into complete 80W, 100W, or 120W Solar Panels. But if you do not have the time or skills to build a solar panel from scratch, there are plenty of commercially available panels to choose from. Once built, individual panels are wired together to make larger solar arrays.

Solar Array Disconnect

This is basically just an electrical switch but is an important part of the system. It allows you to disconnect and cut-off the DC power output from your solar panels and array should any repairs be required or if there is a problem with the solar system. This disconnect switch needs to be strong enough to handle the full power output from the panels on a bright sunny day.

Battery Charge Controller

Most home solar systems are built with a battery backup included for when the sun does not shine such as on dull days or at night. The battery charge controller ensures that a consistent amount of electrical power is sent to the batteries so that they are not over charged, and to ensure that the backup batteries do not discharge back through the system at night.

Deep Cycle Batteries

In order to store the solar power generated by your solar panels, your solar system will need deep cycle batteries. Deep cycle storage batteries for solar systems are more robust and are designed for the type of charging and discharging cycles they need to endure.

System Power Meter

This can be optional, but it is listed here as its inclusion will give you a clear way to see how much free solar power is being supplied to your home from your solar panels. Having a system power meter also helps you improve your system to gain the maximum efficiency from your solar installation.

Solar Power Converter

Your solar panels generate DC power, and your home runs on mains AC power, the solar power converter converts the solar energy from the panels into usable energy in the home by providing the DC to AC conversion using electronic switching techniques. In practical terms, the converter allows us to run electric drills, computers, vacuum cleaners, mains lighting, and most other mains electrical appliances that can be plugged into the wall sockets of your solar panels.

Backup Power

This for when the sun does not shine and the batteries are empty. Most systems will include some sort of backup power. In a standalone installation this would generally be a diesel generator. In a grid-tied system the utility grid itself would provide the backup power through the converter. But a backup power source can also be a wind turbine or a water wheel as part of a small scale hydro system.

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