Photovoltaic Solar Power Systems
What is a Photovoltaic Solar Power System, and how can it help you?
Solar power is harnessed with the help of solar panels, which have arrays of photovoltaic cells, or solar cells, on them. Most commonly made out of silicon, photovoltaic systems convert light from the sun into direct current (DC) electricity.
In general, the larger the array, the more electricity that can be created. Most common photovoltaic solar system devices use a single interface to create an electric field within the photovoltaic or solar cell. However, multiple interfaces, or "multijunction" cells can help a system convert more of the energy spectrum of light to electricity and increase the efficiency.
While the solar panels that go on your roof top are the main component, a solar power system also consists of:
- Balance of Systems: Wiring, mounting and all the hardware that goes into attaching the panels to your home's power supply,
- Inverter: As solar panels produce DC power, a solar inverter is required to convert it into AC power, which can be used in your home, and
- Batteries: These are optional, however, if you live where blackouts are common and grid reliability is poor, then you should look into getting battery backup as well.
With the advent and popularization of photovoltaic and solar power systems, you have the option of becoming an energy producer, instead of remaining a consumer. Solar technology has been gaining traction at an insane clip for the past few years, and residents are already reaping the benefits of being less reliant on the grid.
Both on and off grid systems have their respective advantages to offer. Going off-grid allows you to be 100% self-sufficient; you generate and use your own power, without paying bills to anyone. However, off-grid systems require batteries, which are expensive, and they also require periodic maintenance, which adds to the cost.
Grid-tied systems, on the other hand, require no batteries and very little maintenance. As you know what kWh rate you will be paying, you are also free from any future price shocks.
Until recently, solar power systems were expensive and out of reach for most people, however, in the past few years, thanks to increased production of photovoltaic systems and government support, the cost of solar energy has fallen dramatically. In fact, you can purchase a solar power system today for zero down.
Today, thanks to innovative solar financing options, you don't need to shell out thousands of dollars to get your share of the sun. There are choices for those at every income level, so at the end of the day, everybody saves.
If you are interested in finding out more on how a solar power system can help you save on your electric bill then start by getting a free solar savings quote from us. It will only take a few minutes of your time and will leave you with a better understanding of how much you can save by going solar.
What Can You Save With Solar?
With no end in sight for soaring electricity rates, your switch to solar will secure affordable power for your home & family for years to come.