Solar Photovoltaic (PV) panels convert sunlight into electricity by utilising the properties of impure silicon crystals which can lose and attract electrons when “struck” by sunlight.
The following image shows a typical SolarEdge PV system with battery storage.
A solar PV panel converts the energy from sunlight into electricity, the electricity travels from the panels as direct current (DC) this is then converted to alternating current (AC) by an Inverter.
The electricity is then sent to a “Total Generation Meter” which records the amount of electricity generated by the solar panels.
The electricity then goes to the consumer unit (Fuse box or fuse board) and is immediately available for use. If more electricity is produced than is used, the “extra” electricity is fed back into the national grid.
For commercial systems the same principles apply but on a larger scale
Solar PV systems are silent and have no moving parts and therefore require little or no maintenance
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