While the panels are the most obvious component of a home solar power system, they are only one part of a comprehensive system that converts solar energy into electricity. Among the components necessary for any photovoltaic (PV) solar power system to work are inverters. Sometimes referred to as microinverters, simply put, they convert direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC).
Understanding Solar Power Generation
The electrical current that flows from a solar panel is in the form of DC. This type of electricity simply means that the flow of electrons is heading in a single direction. Yet, the electricity that powers homes is AC which means that the electrons are flowing in two directions. So, because what your panels are producing is different than what your home needs, an inverter is necessary.
How Inverters Work
Inverters work in cycles. First, inverters store energy from solar panels while the grid’s AC voltage is low. Then as the voltage rises, inverters release the stored energy. A capacitor is used in conjunction with an inverter– helping to propel this “store and release” cycle.
Yes, solar panels are complex systems. This is why it’s very important to work with a team of experts who can ensure you’re not only getting quality solar equipment but also superior installation and service. In fact, choosing the right solar provider can literally make or break your ability to maximize the power of the sun.
Have questions about how solar works? Want to know if solar is right for your home? Give Cool Blew Solar a call today at 623-234-2836. We’re happy to schedule a free at-home visit and go over all of the details. We’ll also provide you with a detailed quote so you understand exactly what is required and what you can gain by going solar.