How it works
Solar energy panels absorb the sun’s solar energy and via the inverter converting it into electrical energy that can be used throughout your home or office. Any excess energy is returned to the grid and gains a small payment, called the Feed in Tariff (FIT).
The solar panels on your roof generate the solar energy as Direct Current (DC) electricity, this DC current is then converted to Alternating Current (AC) via the inverter solution so it can be used throughout your house or business. Specific monitoring systems can also be added to measure energy usage, including how much energy is sent to the grid and other useful consumption information.
Components of a Solar Energy System
How do the Components work together
Solar Panels collect the Sun’s Energy
Solar Panels commonly known as photovoltaic (PV) modules are made of special semi-conductors, which collect solar energy from the sun and generate direct current (DC) electricity, directly converting light into electricity.
Solar Inverters convert DC to AC
PV inverters transform the direct current (DC) collected by the panels into alternating current (AC) so it can readily be used in your home or returned to the energy grid. This process is known as “inversion” and is achieved via solid state switches that transform the DC to AC current.
What can the Solar Energy be used for?
The energy generated can be used to power all your everyday electrical needs such as air-conditioning, pool heating, household appliances or water heating for example with the help of a heat pump.
Excess energy generated can also be sold back to the grid, saving you thousands of dollars in the long run; while doing your part to help minimise the impact of global warming.
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