A solar panel is a device that converts the suns light into electricity. It is called a solar panel because it is a group of sun absorbing panels. The panels absorb the suns energy and send it to a power converter that makes it compatible for use on the appliances in your home. Battery cells are charged by the panels energy allowing you to store a certain amount of electricity to use on demand.
It is also connected to your power meter and the main power grid. This means any extra energy you produce can be sent into the main grid which the power company will credit you for.
Solar panels are an investment to you pocket as well as the environment. Owning a solar panel is rewarding and the effect is far reaching. You will place green renewable energy into your home taking the place of your spot in the main power grid. Also you will be pushing clean energy to the grid when you are not using the power.
Here are some schematics to help you visualize the layout of a solar panel system.
This picture shows you how the electricity enters the system through the panels (or windmill in this diagram), through a control box and into the bank of batteries where energy is stored. When electricity needs to be used it is drawn through a power inverter making it usable for appliances.
This picture adds the fact that some things can be powered straight off from the 12 volt battery bank. Most appliances you will be powering will be 230v and require the electricity to be inverted.
So really a solar panel system is a relativity simple concept to understand. You don’t need to be overly familiar with electricity to enjoy the benefits solar energy can offer you.
If you are not comfortable installing such a system, an investment with a contractor would go a long way. But before you do that check out this product that will give you the confidence to build your own solar panel.
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