November 15, 2019

What is a photovoltaic (PV) panel and what does it do?

‘Photovoltaic’ is a technical term in the solar energy industry. A photovoltaic panel is simply known as a PV solar panel or more generally referred to as a solar panel.  The photovoltaic cells use sunlight to cause a chemical reaction which produces direct current (DC) electricity. This electricity generated by

October 29, 2019

Why is a charge controller important?

The battery is an expensive investment, so maximizing battery life is critical to get your best return on investment, reduce downtime and increase system reliability. Although a small investment, charge controllers play a big role in overall system performance.

October 29, 2019

What is the benefit of using DC equipment – fridge, lighting category?

DC equipment and appliances are often very efficient.  When considering Off-Grid or Grid Edge applications, every watt produced and consumed is precious so efficiency matters.  Beyond consumption, if using DC equipment is possible, customers may avoid purchasing more components, resulting in a faster return on investment (ROI).

October 29, 2019

What if I need AC Power from my solar system?

If AC power is required the system should include a power conversion device, called an inverter, to convert DC power into AC power.

October 29, 2019

What is Off-Grid? What is On-Grid or ‘grid tied’? What is Edge-of-Grid or ‘grid edge’?

Traditionally, the energy industry defines power systems relative to their access to a centralized utility grid. An Off-Grid system has no access to the utility grid and functions independently, generating and storing all power on-site.  A Grid-Tied system is connected to the utility grid and interacts with it, as needed,

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