How Does Solar Work?

Do solar panels work in a blackout?

Any system that is connected to the grid will shut off if there is a blackout. There are inverters and battery systems that can be installed to provide backup power if necessary. If you are not connected to the grid, you will not experience any loss of electricity.

What can solar do for my home?

Solar power can be used to power your entire home’s electrical systems, including lights, cooling systems and appliances. Solar systems today can be blended easily into both traditional and nontraditional homes. The most common practice is to mount modules onto a south-facing roof or wall. For an additional aesthetic appeal, some modules resemble traditional roof shingles.

How long do solar systems last?

A solar system that is designed, installed, and maintained well will operate for more than 20 years. The basic solar module (interconnected, enclosed panel of solar cells) has no moving parts and can last more than 30 years. The best way to ensure and extend the life and effectiveness of your solar system is by having it installed professionally.

What are the components of a solar system?

Solar systems are made up of different components. These include solar modules (groups of solar cells) which are called solar panels, one or more batteries, a charge regulator or controller for a stand-alone system along with an inverter for a utility-grid-connected system. Also, when alternating current (ac) rather than direct current (dc) is required there may be some wiring and mounting hardware or a framework.