Thursday, April 16, 2009

Types of solar power systems

The energy of the sun can be converted to usable forms known as solar power. Solar power systems convert the solar energy into solar power that can be put to several uses.

There are two types of solar power systems that are commonly used. Independent Residential solar power systems are systems more practical for use in remote areas. They need proper sunlight to operate properly. This type of solar power systems have a solar array which is a group of solar panels that collect sunlight and are generally installed on roof tops, inverter that converts the current collected from solar panels into power to be supplied to buildings, charge controller or regulator that prevents the batteries from getting over charged. These regulators also do not allow batteries to under charge. They also have deep cycle batteries to store the energy collected by solar panels and hardware, connectors and wires.

The other type includes Grid Tied Residential solar power system and it remains connected to the electricity grids that supply power in traditional ways. The advantage of these types of solar power systems is that at night when solar energy cannot be produced, power is still supplied to houses or different locations where such systems are used. The components of these systems include a solar array, inverter, hardware like wires and connectors and a metering system.

A disadvantage of solar power systems is that they are very expensive. However, their costs are often overshadowed by their benefits. These systems can meet all your energy needs easily and conveniently.

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