Solar power system types.

Get up to speed with all the important solar panel information including; how solar power systems work and the types of solar power systems.

Solar power system types.

Get up to speed with all the important solar panel information including; how solar power systems work and the types of solar power systems.

How solar power systems work.

Solar panels work by attracting sunlight via non reflective glass and capturing it via layers of silicon and semi-conductive material.

These layers have a positive charge at the bottom and a negative charge at the top, creating an electrical current within the silicon cells when exposed to sunlight.

The solar panels are connected to inverters which converts the generated DC electrical current to

AC; the current that most household appliances use and accept.

The inverter then sends the AC current to a connected switchboard, ready for household use. The generated solar power can be used to power heat pumps, electrical water cylinders & kitchen appliances.

All solar power systems should ideally be facing north, with panels equipped to a solar power mounting system. A solar panel mounting system comprises of brackets, attached to the ground, roof, shed, caravan or applicable area. The more direct sunlight mounted solar panels get throughout the day, the better the energy supply.

How solar power systems work.

Solar panels work by attracting sunlight via non reflective glass and capturing it via layers of silicon and semi-conductive material.

These layers have a positive charge at the bottom and a negative charge at the top, creating an electrical current within the silicon cells when exposed to sunlight.

The solar panels are connected to inverters which converts the generated DC electrical current to

AC; the current that most household appliances use and accept.

The inverter then sends the AC current to a connected switchboard, ready for household use. The generated solar power can be used to power heat pumps, electrical water cylinders & kitchen appliances.

All solar power systems should ideally be facing north, with panels equipped to a solar power mounting system. A solar panel mounting system comprises of brackets, attached to the ground, roof, shed, caravan or applicable area. The more direct sunlight mounted solar panels get throughout the day, the better the energy supply.

1. Solar power system on grid / grid connected.

Grid connected solar power systems are perfect for those that want to minimise or eliminate their electricity bill, while doing their part to save the planet.

Any excess energy is sent back to the grid / energy retailer / power company. You’ll receive credit for electricity you produce and supply to retailers via solar buy back rates.

At the moment, typical savings produced from a grid connected solar panel system are approximately 10% and growing each year.

Meaning there has never been a better time to purchase an on grid solar power system.

Solar power buy back scheme.

An installed solar power export meter will keep track of your exports / excess power sold. Most major New Zealand power companies offer solar power buy back rates.

Credit accumulated via solar power buy back schemes is used during periods of low sunlight exposure and when the system can’t meet high power consumption demand.

1. Solar power system on grid / grid connected.

Grid connected solar power systems are perfect for those that want to minimise or eliminate their electricity bill, while doing their part to save the planet.

Any excess energy is sent back to the grid / energy retailer / power company. You’ll receive credit for electricity you produce and supply to retailers via solar buy back rates.

At the moment, typical savings produced from a grid connected solar panel system are approximately 10% and growing each year.

Meaning there has never been a better time to purchase an on grid solar power system.

Solar power buy back scheme.

An installed solar power export meter will keep track of your exports / excess power sold. Most major New Zealand power companies offer solar power buy back rates.

Credit accumulated via solar power buy back schemes is used during periods of low sunlight exposure and when the system can’t meet high power consumption demand.

2. Hybrid solar power system with battery.

Hybrid solar power systems are the practical option for grid-connected homeowners who need to keep certain appliances running for a few days in the event of a power cut.

You can still sell excess power back to the grid with a hybrid solar power system, however only once the solar power battery bank is full.

A solar power battery bank supplies power to selected appliances during a power outage for a period of time, depending on power consumption.

Hybrid solar power system

If you experience power cuts on a frequent basis during winter months or if you require uninterrupted 24/7 power supply for a limited number of appliances, then a hybrid solar panel system is likely the best solar power system type for you.

2. Hybrid solar power system with battery.

Hybrid solar power systems are the practical option for grid-connected homeowners who need to keep certain appliances running for a few days in the event of a power cut.

You can still sell excess power back to the grid with a hybrid solar power system, however only once the solar power battery bank is full.

A solar power battery bank supplies power to selected appliances during a power outage for a period of time, depending on power consumption.

Hybrid solar power system

If you experience power cuts on a frequent basis during winter months or if you require uninterrupted 24/7 power supply for a limited number of appliances, then a hybrid solar panel system is likely the best solar power system type for you.

3. Off grid solar panel system.

Perfect for those who are not yet connected to the network, those with high power consumption requirements and those looking for power autonomy.

Off grid solar power systems are more expensive due to the high power processing unit technology and the cost of the batteries. Off grid solar power systems cost approximately between $15k – $40k for small batch – average family home.

However the cost is upfront and you’ll be producing renewable energy at near zero marginal cost, so your planet friendly energy consumption will eventually be free.

To find out what the best solar panel system is for your home, check out our interactive solar panel calculator.

3. Off grid solar panel system.

Perfect for those who are not yet connected to the network, those with high power consumption requirements and those looking for power autonomy.

Off grid solar power systems are more expensive due to the high power processing unit technology and the cost of the batteries. Off grid solar power systems cost approximately between $15k – $40k for small batch – average family home.

However the cost is upfront and you’ll be producing renewable energy at near zero marginal cost, so your planet friendly energy consumption will eventually be free.

To find out what the best solar panel system is for your home, check out our interactive solar panel calculator.

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