What is Solar

Just how does sunshine become electricity? Here’s an overview of the solar energy facts, the process, and the equipment that can help you generate your own clean, more affordable energy.

PV solar schematic

1: Solar Panels

The solar panels are made up of photovoltaic (PV) cells, which convert sunlight into direct current (DC) electricity throughout the day.

2: Inverter

This device converts the DC electricity generated by the solar panels into the alternating current (AC) electricity.

3: Electrical Panel/ Switchboard

The AC electricity is sent from the inverter to your electrical panel to power your lights and appliances with solar energy. The electrical panel is often called a “breaker box or switchboard.”

4: Utility Meter

The utility meter measures your energy use. It actually goes backward when your system generates more power than you immediately need. This excess solar energy offsets the energy you use at night.

Utility Grid and / or Diesel generator

Your installation is still connected to the grid. You’ll need that power from the utility company at night, or during power cuts from the diesel generator.

PV controller and Monitoring System

Our monitoring system continuously tracks your energy production and ensures that your solar power system is running smoothly. During power cuts our PV controller syncs with the diesel generator.

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