Solar 101: Panels, Inverters and Battery Storage

November 14, 2022

Solar 101: Panels, Inverters and Battery Storage

Solar 101: Panels, Inverters and Battery Storage

For many years now we have all been aware of how much of a negative effect that we are having on our planet, always looking for another option to help make a difference in reducing our impact on the planet. One option that has become more and more popular in recent years are solar panels, but what exactly are they, and how much of a difference do they make to our use of fuels- do they reduce our carbon footprint? 

So, what exactly is solar power? Well, solar power is the process of using the sun’s energy either directly as thermal energy (heat) or through the use of photovoltaic cells in solar panels to generate electricity. Both commercial and residential rooftops can be utilized to install these panels, gathering energy throughout the daylight hours. If you are looking at the option of installing solar panel and battery systems, it can be a little confusing with different equipment and options to choose from so let’s break it down for you!

What Equipment Is Needed and Why

Firstly, if you are looking to make the most of solar energy, you will need to have solar panels fitted. With a lifespan of 25 years, installing these panels can not only help reduce the cost of household electricity but also increase the value of a home (usually working on a ratio of $20 per $1 saved on household energy costs.) 

Inverters are another piece of equipment that may come up while researching your solar panel choices, so what exactly is it? It is simply one of the most important parts of your solar panel energy system installation. The device converts direct current (DC) electricity, which is what is generated by a solar panel, to alternating current (AC) electricity, which is the current used by the electrical grid. This specific part of your system will be turned off each evening as it requires daylight/sunlight to work. 

Finally, solar panel battery storage devices will be another decision to make. Not always required; it really does depend on how you plan on using the energy you harvest through your conversion system. This device will allow energy from renewable sources, including that of solar, to be stored for release when customers need power most. Put simply, once the sun goes down, your panels cease to create energy and so by installing this piece of equipment, you will be able to store the energy that you have created during the day that hasn’t been used, for the hours without sunlight. This is a very sensible decision for most customers looking to install solar panel and battery sytems on their home, especially if they are aiming to make the largest saving on more traditional fuel costs. 

Solar Power and the Benefits You Will Experience

Harnessing the energy produced by the sun is not really something new. In fact, it was first predicted in the 15thcentury, with the first cell being created in the 19th century, but its solar efficiency was only 1% effective. These days technology has come a long way and now tends to be around 50% effective. Unlike the options of fossil fuels that have been our energy lifeline for so long, the source is completely free and renewable, meaning that once your initial costs of the equipment has been recovered, you shouldn’t really need to spend a cent more on generating your own electricity. Moreover, you will also have the benefit of drastically reducing your carbon footprint by using a sustainable energy source.Although people initially questioned its use due to not being able to continue to produce energy during the night, the development and installation of solar panel battery storage has come a long way to correct this initial dilemma. And since they’re designed to stand the test of time, not to mention the elements outside, there is little need for repair costs, unlike many other energy options currently available on the market.