A solar power system (or photovoltaic system) converts energy from the sun into electricity. While systems vary in capacity and design, they include several key components.
Also known as photovoltaic modules, solar panels generate a direct current when hit by rays from the sun. These are typically mounted to a rooftop where they will be exposed to regular sunlight.
The DC power created by your solar panels isn’t ready to use around your home. It needs to be transformed into alternating current (AC), which requires an inverter.
The most conventional type of inverter is a central or string inverter, attached to multiple panels. However, micro-inverters are smaller plug-and-play options that can be attached to fewer panels. This eliminates a single point of failure from your solar power system.
Hybrid inverters are designed to convert power back and forth from AC to DC. This gives you more freedom to use energy in a variety of ways, including sending power to a storage solution.
Energy storage and batteries
Once your energy is turned into alternating current, it’s ready to use. But adding an energy storage solution to your installation gives you increased flexibility to store energy you don’t need now and use it whenever you want.