Photovoltaic system and Your Home
Photovoltaic systems can be large scale (such as an
industrial plant or a solar community grid).
Or, PV systems can also be purely for your home.
You could even have micro PV systems that
only operate certain things around the house, such as garden lights, or
It’s really easy to see
how fun it could be to start thinking creatively about different solar energy plans for your home.
it will probably help if you have some idea of what goes into a PV system:
Photovoltaic systems (PV Systems) are comprised of these
Solar panels that convert the sun’s rays into
A power converter, also called a inverter
Racking system for the solar panels (such as for
your roof or a ground mount)
A solid set of solar energy plans will include solar panels being installed on your roof
Maximum power point tracker (MPPT)
Battery system and charger
Energy management software
Solar concentrators/ ground equipment
Types of Photovoltaic Systems
As stated above, these solar power systems can be very
large, or very small.
It really just
depends on your solar energy plans and the context of your situation and power needs.
Here is a look at some of the main types of
PV systems that are used:
Stand Alone PV systems
A standalone (also called an off grid system) is
not connected to the main electrical grid.
Can be large or small
Often a battery storage system is used
In non-portable applications a lead acid battery
is normally used
A charge controller is used to avoid over
charging the battery
The charge controller is also used to increase
- · Power converters are also used (inverter)
Standalone solar systems are used by NASA to
operate satellites and space vehicles
Most do it yourself (DIY) solar kits are
Grid connected PV systems are connected to the
public electricity grid
Feeds energy directly into the grid
Uses a special grid tie converter
Reduces your power bill
You make money by selling any surplus energy to
the electric company
Easy to install
No power storage loss
Offsets the use of fossil fuels
System Ecological Benefits
If you are like me, and care a
great deal about our eco system, then coming up with solar energy plans for your home is right up your alley.
By utilizing solar energy as an alternative
energy source you will be reducing the world’s dependence on crude oil and
coal, among others.
Here is an overview
of the how solar energy systems help you live a more sustainable life:
Solar energy reduces your carbon footprint
Solar energy lowers the human impact on global
PV systems lower the pollution in the air, hence
increasing your life expectancy
Solar power is an alternative energy that does
not produce acid rain or smog
Solar power decreases harmful greenhouse
Solar energy living sets an green example for our kids to follow
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