Solar Panel Products Overview
A complete home solar panel energy system requires several components to collect, convert, store and provide a continuous source of energy. The basic components include the panels, mounts, inverter, battery, monitoring system and the standard electrical components including the Breaker Panel, AC Panel, and Circuit Breaker Panel.
Solar panels are the most noticeable component of a residential solar electric system. The solar panels are installed outside the home, typically on the roof and convert sunlight into electricity.
Photovoltaics describe the process of converting sunlight into electricity. This process gives solar panels their alternate name, PV panels.
Solar panels are given output ratings in watts. This rating is the maximum produced by the panel under ideal condition. Ecomark high performance panels can produce from 360 – 400 watts, well above the average output.
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Solar panels are mounted on roofs, and we also offer ground arrays. Roof mounted systems are the most common and may be required by zoning ordinances. This approach is aesthetic and efficient.
Array DC Disconnect
The Array DC disconnect is used to disconnect the solar arrays from the home for maintenance. It is called a DC disconnect because the solar arrays produce DC (direct current) power.
Solar panels and batteries produce DC (direct current) power. Standard home appliances use AC (alternating current). An inverter converts the DC power produced by the solar panels and batteries to the AC power required by appliances.
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A software monitoring system will provide real time information about the health and efficiency of your system as well as information about your energy use.
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Solar power systems produce electricity during the daytime, when the sun is shining. Your home demands electricity at night and on cloudy days – when the sun isn’t shining as well. Battery storage will ensure you have power even when the sun is not shining.
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Power Meter, Utility Meter, Kilowatt Meter
For systems that maintain a tie to the utility grid, the power meter measures the amount of power used from the grid. In systems designed to sell power the utility, the power meter also measures the amount of power the solar system sends to the grid.
For systems that are not tied to the utility grid, a backup generator is used to provide power during periods of low system output.
Breaker Panel, AC Panel, Circuit Breaker Panel
The breaker panel is where the power source is joined to the electrical circuits in your home. A circuit is a continuous route of connected wire that joins together outlets and lights in the electric system.