Have you decided to join the thousands of homeowners throughout the U.S. who are making the switch to solar power? If so, you probably have some questions about how solar panels work and which setup will be best for your household.
Zenernet has outfitted hundreds of households with affordable solar power systems and we’ve shared some of our years of experience with you below. Read on to learn more about how solar panels work and which system is best for you.
How do Solar Systems Work?
Before shopping for your new solar power system, it can be helpful to learn how solar panels work. Several different components make up solar power systems, the first being the array of photovoltaic cells used to convert sunlight into direct current (DC) electricity. An inverter is then used to convert the DC electricity generated by the panels into the alternating current (AC) electricity commonly used in homes.
Your solar power system will also come with a monitoring component that tracks the amount of energy it generates and conveys data to your solar provider. This is to ensure you keep track of the energy you collect and that your system functions at peak performance levels.
You’ll then be connected to the local utility grid to ensure your home has power after sundown, as well as to return any excess energy collected throughout the day back to the grid.
How Do I Choose the Best System for My Home?
Every household’s energy needs are different, so knowing some of the characteristics that set different solar panels and systems apart is important. Let’s take a brief look at a few of the most common attributes:
- Efficiency Rating: This rating measures how efficiently a panel converts energy from the sun into electricity. It’s measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh) and the larger it is, the more energy you’ll produce.
- Panel Quality: Solar panels come in different quality ranges. Low-end panels are the most affordable and have a low efficiency rating, often only around 15 percent. Midrange panels are usually what the average household has and are easy to find. High-end panels are more expensive but offer durability that can last decades.
- Nameplate Rating: This rating represents the potential power output of DC (direct current) electricity produced by each panel, usually somewhere between 200-400 watts. But don’t be surprised if your panels produce significantly less than that number: trees, shrubs, the angle of your roof and temperature, as well as atmospheric conditions, can also affect this rating.
Zenernet can walk you through the entire process.
Our founding goal was to simplify going solar for every homeowner. Contact the team at Zenernet for more information about the affordable solar panel systems we carry, as well as our custom design and installation services!