The Importance of a Solar Inverter
- The process begins with the panels. Comprised of a silicon material that converts the sun’s energy into electrical power. The panels then collect the energy from the sun.
- The panels collect the power throughout the daylight hours.
- The individual panels then combine the collected power and send the DC to the inverter.
- In the form of a small box, some inverters record the efficiency of the panels. This gives you a specific gauge on how much power you collect from the system.
- The inverter, which in the case of a central inverter is often fixed out of the way on the side of a business or home.
- The vast majority of home appliances such as TVs, fridges and lights run off of alternating current (AC). So, the solar power inverter’s role is to transform the DC into the necessary AC for everyday use in the home.
Some systems use micro-inverters rather than a single central inverter, which attach to the underside of each panel. These collect and transform DC and convert this power to an alternating current. However, these options are more expensive.
- Once the inverter creates the correct power input, it sends it to the fuse box and to the building.
- When the switchboard receives the AC, the home receives it to power all of the appliances as required.
- From the fusebox, excess power is either sent to a battery storage system or back into the grid, depending on your usage and system set-up, this will vary.
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