Solar energy systems harness the power of the sun by absorbing the sun’s energy via photovoltaic cells (photo = light, voltaic = relating to electric) found within solar panels. These Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems convert photons (particles of light) into DC (Direct Current) electricity. However, you can’t use DC electricity to power your home or office. You need AC electricity (Alternating Current). That’s where additional equipment comes into play.
Your solar panels need to be connected to inverters. These inverters are powerhouses in their own right and often considered “the brains” of your solar power system. Inverters convert DC power into AC electricity. The AC electricity from the inverter is then connected to your electrical breaker to power your appliances and/or other electrical needs. Depending on the type of inverter and the configuration of your system, inverters can also provide data monitoring services. They can also optimize your system, sending excess power either back to your utility company (known as net metering) or to your own solar batteries for your future use.
All you really need to know is:
It’s that simple.
There are other terms to know when deciding if a solar energy system is right for you including:
What is Net Metering?
Net metering, an incentive offered by many states, allows you to store the excess electricity you produce with solar and use it as a future credit from your local utility provider.
Here’s how it works:
Depending on your home’s consumption and available space, Hilton Head Solar can determine the amount of power you can replace with solar panels. Net metering policies vary widely from utility to utility. Hilton Head Solar will check your utility’s net metering policy and design your system to provide you with the best return on investment based upon their policy.
What is a Grid-Tied System?
A grid-tied system is basically any solar power system that is directly connected to a utility power system (grid). Normally, a grid-tied system is a net-metered system. Other grid-tied systems can be systems in which we offset your day-time loads.
A grid connection will typically allow you to save even more money with your solar panel system through higher efficiency rates, the ability to capitalize on net metering and lower equipment and installation costs.
Benefits of Grid-Tied Systems:
What are Solar Plus Batteries?
Batteries added to a Solar PV system allow you to store the excess energy your system produces. They work by storing the energy generated by your solar panels for later use. The higher capacity the battery, the more power you can store. Batteries are
designed to meet your specific needs and for the situations you anticipate you may
encounter in the future.
Benefits of Solar Batteries
Hilton Head Solar can offer battery solutions customized for your situation, whether net-metered or not, and connected to an electricity provider or not. All of our battery solutions include monitoring of your solar, battery, consumption, and the grid, as well as automatic power switching with micro-second response to changing grid conditions, enabling the most seamless transitions from grid connection to battery backup. For full information, visit our Batteries for Solar Power Systems page.
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