A solar power system is made up of the following components:
- Solar panels – the most important part of the system and make up the majority of the cost of the system.
- Inverter – converts DC electricity generated at the panels into 110V AC power which can be used in your home or exported to the grid.
- Mounting system – physically connects the solar panels to your roof.
- Electrical components – include cables, isolators, breakers, and switches. (sometimes referred to as the “Balance of System”).
While all of the components that make up a solar power system are very important, the solar panels are particularly important as they make up the largest cost of the system and produce electricity, are the largest driver of system performance, and are the most difficult to fix if something were to go wrong.
Solar Power One offers our clients a choice of different solar panels and we can install any panel available on the market. We have however chosen a range of solar panels that we believe offer the best trade-off between performance, value, and quality.
DC-to-AC inverters: Inverters take the low-voltage, high-current signals from the PV panels and convert them into 120VAC (or 240 VAC), which is directly compatible with grid power. Inverters cost around $0.70 per watt or around $2,600 for a typical application. From a reliability standpoint, they are generally the weak link in any PV system, so quality is a must.
A solar panel mount (or solar racking system) is the foundation that holds your solar array in place. Mounts are used to attaching solar panels to the roof, ground, or another surface on your property. … Before choosing your mounting products, determine whether you’re doing ground mount or roof mount solar racking.
Wiring and fuse box connections: Wiring, conduit, and connections to your household main fuse box are minor hardware expenses, but they comprise a big chunk of the labor when you’re installing a PV system. Disconnect switches are of critical importance, and they need to be mounted within easy reach. Every member of your family should know exactly how to turn the PV system off for safety reasons. If any abnormal behavior occurs in your home’s electrical system, shut off the solar system first.
SolarEdge’s EV charging single phase inverter offers homeowners the ability to charge electric vehicles up to six times faster than a standard Level 1 charger through an innovative solar boost mode that utilizes grid and PV charging simultaneously. This product is the world’s first EV charger with an integrated PV inverter.
Reducing the hassle of installing separately a standalone EV charger and a PV inverter, the EV charging inverter eliminates the need for additional wiring, conduit, and a breaker installation. By installing an EV charger that is integrated with an inverter, no additional dedicated circuit breaker is needed, saving space and ruling out a potential upgrade to the main distribution panel.