Solar PV (Solar Photovoltaics) is the generation of electricity using energy from the sun. Modern solar panels produce electricity from daylight and do not require direct sunlight, although more electricity is produced on bright, sunny days.
Enough sunlight falls onto the earth every hour to meet the world’s power demands for an entire year, so harnessing and using this free energy can help reduce our reliance on other sources of energy and be beneficial to the environment as well. By installing Solar PV panels you can produce free, green energy for your home.
- Solar PV panels are normally mounted on the roof of your building although they can also be placed on the ground when a suitable roof is not available.
- A device called an inverter changes the DC electricity produced by the panels into ‘useable’ electricity that can then be used to power appliances in your home or can be fed back into the National Grid.
- Solar PV panels contain no moving parts, are low maintenance and only require regular cleaning.
- Every Sunbright Energy approved solar panel has a 20 year minimum power output, although not all panels will perform the same over this time.
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What does an inverter do?
Inverters change the DC current from the panels to AC current needed for your home and the grid. It’s essential the correct type of inverter is used and that they’re located in the right place. Many installers always put them in the loft, but this can be detrimental to your system. Sunbright Energy are meticulous about inverter choice and placement.
What happens when there’s not enough light?
You will simply draw from the grid in the normal way. But remember, it doesn’t have to be sunny to generate electricity.
How do I know I’m using the power from the PV panels?
Your inverter monitors grid voltage and ensures that it is putting the power from your inverter into your system at a slightly higher voltage than the grid. Voltage is best thought of as pressure, the force behind the electric. If the inverter produces a higher voltage when you switch an electrical appliance on it will naturally use the power from the panels first.
What happens if my PV Solar Panels are producing more than I’m using?
The excess energy will be sold back to the grid.
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