How Residential Solar Photovoltaic Systems Work
Solar power was something that we either heard of in calculators or in space programs. Today, solar power has come to your doorstep and now you too can harness the power of the sun. Best of all, it is now more affordable than it has ever been. Here is a look at how you, just like millions of others, can enjoy the power of the sun with residential solar photovoltaic panels in 5 easy steps.
1. Mount it
Solar panel racks hold the residential solar photovoltaic panels in place, allowing them to capture sun light – it’s that simple. However, you need to properly mount the residential solar photovoltaic panels. That’s why it is a good idea to hire a certified solar panel installer. They know the weather of your area better than anyone and can mount and position your solar panels so they capture the most light.
2. Connect it
Of course, in order to harness the captured energy from your residential solar photovoltaic panels, you need to connect it to an inverter and subsequently your home. As such, hire a certified solar panel installer and/or electrician to connect your panels to your home. Not only will they do the job safer, they will do it faster than you can. In fact, it’s unwise for any uncertified personnel to connect a solar panel system together.
3. Store it
Of course, once you have connected the system, you can start charging the batteries. It is highly recommended to never put excess stress on the system on the first charge or discharge. A certified solar panel installer in your area can tell you just how much you can strain your system before you start using it at full capacity.
Remember to have a certified solar panel installer adjust the tilt of your residential solar photovoltaic panels at the start or mid of every season. This will ensure that you capture an optimum amount of the sun’s energy.
4. Use it
Once your batteries are stored, simply flip the switch at night and start using the energy stored in the batteries. How? The inverter that was installed converts the direct current (DC) in the batteries into an alternating current (AC). Without an inverter, it is almost impossible to utilize the stored energy in your home.
5. Sell it
It is more than likely that your residential solar photovoltaic panels will generate more electricity than you can use. As such, direct the excess energy back into the grid. By providing your country with electricity, your country pays you. Yes, you get paid for every kW of energy you put back into the main power grid. Combining the money you receive by selling energy, and the money you save from using your own electricity at night, your residential solar photovoltaic system practically pays for itself.
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