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{Photovoltaic systems, also|The Photovoltaic Systems, commonly|Photovoltaic system, often} {known|referred to|referred} {as solar power systems|by the name of solar power systems|in the field of solar power}{ or|, or} PV {systems|system|Systems}, are {electric|electrical|electronic} power systems that {use|make use of|utilize} {solar energy to produce|solar energy to generate|sunlight to generate} {usable|useful} {power|energy}. It is {composed of several|comprised of a variety of|made up of several} {components|elements|parts}. {These include|They include|It includes} {solar panels that absorb sunlight and convert it|solar panel panels which absorb light and transform it|the solar panels, which absorb sun light to convert} {into|to} electricity{, a solar converter to| and a solar converter that can| as well as a solar convertor to} {turn|change|convert} the {output|power output} from direct current {to|into} {alternating, and mounting,|alternation, as well as mounting,|the alternating current, and mounting} {cabling and other electrical accessories|cables and other electrical components|cabling , and other electrical equipment}. {A solar tracking system may|Solar tracking systems can|A solar tracking system could} be {used to enhance|utilized to improve|employed to boost} the {system’s overall performance|overall performance of the system}. It {could also include|may also incorporate|could also comprise} {an integrated battery|batteries that are integrated|the battery itself}.

{The PV system converts light directly|It converts sunlight directly|This system transforms light} {to|into} electricity. {They are not to|It is not to|They should not} be confused {or misunderstood with|with or misunderstood by|or misunderstood in relation to} other solar technologies{ such as| like|, such as} concentrated solar power{,|} solar thermal,{ which is|} {used for heating and cooling|utilized for cooling and heating|used to heat and cool}. The visible {portion|part|component} {of a solar array|that makes up a solar system|in a solar panel} {is|are|comprises} {the solar|that of the|made up of solar} panels. {It does not|This does not|It doesn’t} {include|comprise|contain} {the rest of the hardware|the other hardware|all the other components of the system}. {This is often called|This is sometimes referred to as|It is also known as} {balance of system|the balance of system|Balance of System} (BOS).

There are {many types|a variety|numerous types} {of PV systems|of solar PV system|that PV technology can be found}, {from|ranging from} {small rooftop-mounted systems to larger|small rooftop-mounted systems , to|tiny rooftop-mounted systems to}{, more powerful power stations| powerful power stations| and more powerful power plants} {with hundreds of megawatts to|that can produce hundreds of megawatts, to|with hundreds of megawatts up to} {large, utility-scale power plants|huge, utility-scale power stations|massive, utility-scale power plants}. {Most PV systems today|The majority of PV systems|Today, most PV systems} {are connected to the grid|connect to grid|have been connected to grids}{, but|, however|. However,} {a few stand-alone or off-grid|some stand-alone or off-grid|there are a few off-grid or stand-alone} systems {make up a small|comprise a tiny|account for a small} {percentage|portion|percent} {of the|of|in the overall} market.

The {silent operation of|quiet operation of|operation is silent for} PV systems {is without|has no|is free of} moving parts{ and no|, and there are no| or} {environmental emissions|emission of carbon dioxide|pollution to the environment}. {They have evolved|They have grown|They’ve evolved} from niche {market applications to|applications to|market applications into} {a mainstream|an industry standard|an established} technology {for electricity generation|to generate electricity|that generates electricity}. Rooftop systems {can recoup|can pay for|are able to recover} the {cost of manufacturing|cost of production|costs of manufacturing} and installation {in|within} 0.7 to 2 {year and|years and|years. They} {produce about|generate around|produce around} 95{% of net|% of the net| percent of net} renewable energy {over their 30-year|during their 30 year|in their 30-year} {lifespan|duration|timeframe}.

{Prices for photovoltaic systems have|The cost of photovoltaic systems has} {fallen rapidly since their introduction|dropped rapidly since their introduction|decreased rapidly since their invention} {due to the rapid growth|because of the rapid expansion|because of the rapid growth} {of this|in this type of|the} technology. {They vary depending on the|Prices vary based on the|They differ based on} market and the {size system|size of the system|type of system}. {Prices|The cost} for {residential 5-kilowatt systems|residential systems of 5 kilowatts|5-kilowatt residential systems} {were|included|was} \$3.29 {per unit|for each unit sold|to each} {in|across|within} the United States in 2014. {Today, solar PV modules|Solar PV modules today|Presently, solar PV modules} {make up|comprise|are} less than {half the overall|a quarter of the total|half of the total} {system cost|cost of the system|costs of the system}. The {rest|remainder|remaining} is left to {BOS-components|BOS components|BOS-related components}{, soft costs and| and soft costs, as well as| soft costs,} {customer acquisition|the acquisition of customers|acquisition of customers}. {These include|This includes|They include} inspection, interconnection{ and labor|, and labor| and labour} costs.

A Solar PV System: The Essentials

Solar PV systems {can be|could be|may comprise} {any combination of solar panels|the combination of any solar panel|an array of panels} {and|as well as} the {hardware required to allow|equipment required to let|necessary hardware to allow} the {energy flow|flow of energy|energy to flow} through them. Inverters are also {available|offered|readily available}.

They {can use|may use|may employ} string inverters{ or microinverters depending| or microinverters based|, or microinverters, based} on the {system, but|particular system, however|specific system, however} the {fundamental makeup|basic structure|foundational structure} {of all PV systems|for all PV system|that all PV units share} is {the exact|the|exactly the} same.

What does solar energy do in a PV system?

{Solar panels convert photons|Photons from solar panels are converted|The solar panel converts photons} (light particles)into {electricity|electrical energy|electric energy}. This is {known as the photovoltaic process|called the photovoltaic procedure|called photovoltaic}.

Photovoltaic (PV){, when| is when| When} {a photon strikes|the photon hits|an incidental photon is absorbed by} {a device|an object|the device} {that converts energy to|which converts energy into|that converts energy into} {local electrons, the|local electrons. The|locally charged electrons. This} energy {of|from} {the photon is transferred|the light source is transmitted|that photon gets transferred} {to the|to|into the} material. {These excited electrons produce|The excited electrons create|The excited electrons generate} {an electric current|the electric charge|electricity}.

The solar cells {within|inside|in} the panels {produce|generate} {direct current electricity|directly current electric power|direct current power} (DC){, which| that| which} is {usually|typically|often} {converted by an inverter to|transformed by an inverter into|transformed by an inverter} {alternating current|AC} {electricity|electric power|electrical power} (AC). {It can then be sent|The electricity is then sent|It is then transmitted} {back to an electric|into an electrical|through an electric} grid{ that operates|, which operates| operating} {with|using|by using} AC {electricity|electricity}.

This is the {detailed|complete|full} explanation. The three {main|major|primary} {steps that make up|steps involved in|elements that comprise} the {operation of solar panels|solar panel’s operation} {are|include}:

  • The solar cells {in|of|inside} solar {panels absorb sunlight|panels absorb light|panel absorb sun’s rays}{,|} which {causes electricity to|allows electricity to|triggers electricity} flow.
  • {An inverter converts|Inverters convert} DC {electricity into|power into|electric power to} AC {electricity|electricity}.
  • {This electricity is used for|The electricity used is for|This electricity is used to meet} {current energy needs in|the current energy requirements in|actual energy requirements at} the {customer’s home|home of the customer|customer’s residence}. {Any excess electricity that|Any surplus electricity that|The excess electricity} {the customer does not use|is not used by the customer|the consumer does not utilize} is {exported|sold|sent} to{ a|} grid.
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What happens to the energy a PV system produces?

Grid-connected solar {installations are the norm|panels are the norm|installations are common} for {most solar customers|the majority of solar users|the majority of solar consumers} in America. Their {home is connected with|homes are connected to} the {electric grid|grid of electricity}. This {allows them to consume|lets them consume|lets them use} more {energy than their solar installations|energy than the solar panels|power than their solar panels} {are producing, such as|produce, for instance|generate, like} {during a rainy or night|in the event of a night or rainy day|when it is rainy or dark}.

{This also means that|It also means that|Also,} {if their PV system produces|the PV system they are using produces|when their PV system generates} {more energy than|greater energy that|excess energy over what} they {need|require|actually need}{, the excess energy can| this energy could| and they have excess energy, it can} be {sent back|returned} to the grid{ to|, to} be {used by others|utilized by other users|utilized by other people}.

Net Metering

Net metering is {a policy|a method|an option} {that compensates|which compensates|that pays} customers {for excess energy so|for energy usage that is excessive so|who consume excess energy so that} they {can offset future|can offset any future|are able to offset future} {electricity costs from|electric costs that are incurred by|energy costs by removing them from} the grid. It is {common|commonplace|a common practice} {in|across|throughout} the U.S.

{The net metering system|Net metering} {has been a major factor|is a key factor|has been a major element} in {solar energy’s cost-effectiveness|the efficiency of solar energy’s costs|the cost-effectiveness of solar energy}. We are {starting to see|beginning to see|beginning to notice} changes {in|within the|to} [xfield_company] that implements net-metering across the {country|nation|United States}. {Many of these changes reduce|A lot of these changes decrease|These changes can reduce} the value {solar customers get|solar users get|that solar customers receive} from their solar {installations|panels|systems}.

Feed-in Tariffs

Feed-in tariffs {can be used|are a way|may be used} to {compensate solar customers|pay solar customers back|reimburse solar customers} for {electricity they send|the electricity they supply|the power they transmit} to the grid {from certain|from specific|in certain} {areas|regions|locations}.

What are the parts of a photovoltaic system?

{Other than|Apart from|In addition to} the solar panels{, there are a number| There are a variety| in the solar panel system, there are a multitude} of {important components to|essential components in|other important elements to} {a photovoltaic system|the photovoltaic system|the photovoltaic systems}. {These are often|They are commonly|They are usually} {referred to as|called|described as}{ the balance of the system| BOS, or the balance of system|”balance of system”}{ or|, or} BOS. Wiring, {Inverters|inverters} (racking){,|} and combiners{, electric meters and| electrical meters, as well as| electronic meters as well as} circuit breakers are {examples|a few examples|some examples} of these {elements|components|parts}{, which typically account for| that typically make up| that usually account for} more than half {of the|of|the} {system cost and the majority|costs of the system and the bulk|costs for the system, and the majority} of{ the|} maintenance.

Solar Panels

{A solar panel is|The solar panel|Solar panels are} {made up|composed|comprised} of {several|a number of|numerous} solar cells {that have|with|that possess} semiconductor properties{ and are protected| and are shielded|, and are protected} from {the elements by|elements by|environmental elements with} {a material|the use of a material|an outer layer of}. {These properties allow the cells|The properties of the cells allow them|These properties enable the cells} to absorb light{ or,|, or} {more precisely, photons from|specifically, photons from|more specifically, photons emitted by} sunlight and {convert|transform} them into {electricity using|electricity by|electrical energy using} {a process|an process|an operation} {known as the photovoltaic effect|called the photovoltaic effect|called the photovoltaic effects}. {Along either corner|On either side|In the corners} of the semiconductor{, there|} is {a layer of conductive materials|an insulating layer|an area of conductive material}. {This conducts the generated electricity|The conductive materials conduct the electricity generated|This conducts the electricity that is generated}. The {lighted side|side that is lit|light side} of the panel {has|is coated with|is covered with} {a pro coating to reduce|an anti-reflective coating that reduces|an anti-reflective coating to minimize} reflection losses. {Crystalline silicon is the|The|It is the} most {common|popular|well-known} {type|kind} {of solar panel|that solar panels are made of|for solar panels}. It {has|is thought to have} {a theoretical efficiency limit at|an efficiency of|an estimated efficiency of} 33% {to convert|for converting|in order to convert} {sunlight into electricity|the sunlight to electricity|sunshine into electric power}. Other {semiconductor materials and solar cells|semiconductors and solar cells|semiconductors and solar cell} {technologies are available that have|technology are available with|technology are also available, which have} {higher efficiencies but come at|greater efficiency, but at|higher efficiency but have} {a higher manufacturing cost|an increased cost of manufacturing|the cost of production}.

Inverters

An inverter{, an electrical|, a| is an electrical} device that {accepts|takes|receives} {electric current in the form|electric current in the form of|electric current that is in the form of} direct current (DC){, and converts| and converts| and transforms} it into {alternating current|AC.|the alternating current} (AC){, is called| which is known as| it is referred to as} an inverter. {This means that|That means|It means} the DC current {from|generated by|that is generated by} {a|the} solar {array is|panel is|array gets} fed {to|into} an inverter{, which|, and it| that} {converts|transforms} {it into|the current into|to} AC. This conversion is {required|needed|necessary} {to power most|to power|for the power supply of} electronic devices {and interface with|as well as interface with|and connect to} the {electricity grid|grid of electricity|power grid}. Inverters are {essential for|the most important component of|essential to} {nearly all|almost all|the majority of} {solar energy systems|system that use solar power|renewable energy sources}. {They are often|They are typically|They’re often} the most {expensive component,|costly component|costly part,} {after the solar panels|following the solar panels|just like solar panels}.

Inverters {with conversion efficiencies greater|that have conversion efficiency greater|with conversion efficiency higher} than 90% {have important|are equipped with important|come with vital} {safety features such as|security features like|safety features , such as} {ground fault circuit interruption|the ground fault circuit interrupter|Ground fault circuit interruption}{ and| as well as|, and} Anti-islanding. They {shut down|stop|will shut down} the PV system {if|in case|when} there is a {loss|disruption|drop} {in grid power|of grid energy|to grid electricity}.

Racking

Racking is the {method of|process of|method for} fixing {the solar array|solar panels} to the ground{,|} or {to a rooftop|on a roof|to a roof}. {These devices, which are|The devices,|These devices,} {typically made from|usually made of|mostly made of} {aluminum or steel|steel or aluminum}{, mechanically fix| and mechanically attach| that mechanically secure} {the panels to the|solar panels onto the|them to} {ground or rooftop|roof or ground|rooftop or ground} {with high precision|with precision|using high-precision}. Racking systems {must|need to|have to} be {able to withstand severe|strong enough to withstand extreme|able to endure extreme} weather conditions{ such as| like|, such as}{ tornado-force winds and|} {high|large|massive} {snow accumulations|snowfalls}. To {prevent electrocution, racking|avoid electrocution, racking|prevent electrocution, rack} systems {must be electrically bonded|should be electrically connected|must be electrically linked} and {grounded|connected} {to the solar array|with the array of solar panels|in the solar array}.

Rooftop {racking systems come|racks come|rack systems are available} in two {types|varieties|forms}{: flat roof systems or| of roofs: flat roof systems and| that are flat roof systems or} {pitched roof systems|pitch roofs|roofing systems with pitched pitches}. {Weighted ballast is commonly used|Ballast that is weighted is typically used|Ballasts that are weighted are typically installed} on flat {rooftops to hold|roofs to support|roofs in order to hold} the range {to|up to|until} the ceiling {by|using|via} gravity. {Pitched roofs should|Roofs with pitched roofs must|Pitched roofs must} be {mechanical means attached|fixed with mechanical devices|connected mechanically} to the {racking|rack} system. Ballast {or robotic anchors can|anchors or robotic anchors could|or robotic anchors may} be used to {secure|anchor} {ground-mounted PV systems|PV systems that are mounted on the ground}. Trackers that {use|make use of|utilize} {motors or detectors to follow|sensors or motors to track|sensors or motors to follow} the Sun {through space are also|across space are|throughout space are} examples of ground-mounted {racking|rack} systems. This {increases energy generation|can increase energy production|generates more energy} {while decreasing equipment maintenance costs|and reduces maintenance costs for equipment|while reducing maintenance costs}.

Other Components

{Combiners, disconnects and breakers|Breakers, disconnects, and combiners|Combiners, disconnects , breakers}{, meters, and wiring| meters, as well as wiring| meters, wiring, and combiners} are the {remaining components|other components|remaining elements} of {a|the} {typical PV system|common PV installation|normal PV setup}. {The solar combiner is a device|Solar combiners are devices|A solar combiner device} {that|which} {combines multiple|connects multiple|integrates several} {electrical cables into|electric cables in|wires into} one. {The majority of|Most} solar combiners {include protection fuses|come with protection fuse|come with protection fuses} and {can be used|are compatible|can be utilized} {with all utility-scale and medium-sized|in conjunction with any utility-scale or medium-sized|for all medium and utility-scale} solar arrays. Disconnects {can be described as|are} {electrical gates or switches that|electronic gates, or switch that|electric gates and switches which} {allow|permit} {manual disconnection|the manual disconnecting|the manual disconnection} of {an electric wire|electric wires}. {These devices are usually|They are typically|They are generally} {used|utilized|employed} {in conjunction with|together with|alongside} an inverter. They {can be found|are usually located|are located} {on|in|at}{ the|”DC disconnect”, or|”DC Disconnect”} “DC disconnect”{,|} {or|as well as the|and} “AC disconnect”{,|} and {provide electrical isolation for|offer electrical isolation|provide electrical isolation} {when an inverter is needed|the time that an inverter needs|the occasion that an inverter has} to be {replaced or installed|installed or replaced|repaired or installed}. {Circuit breakers, or|Breakers, also known as circuit|Circuit breakers, also called} breakers, {protect|safeguard|guard} electrical systems {against over current|from over current|from overcurrent} or surges. {Breakers are designed to|They are made to|The breakers can} {be activated|activate} {automatically when current exceeds|automatically when current is greater than|immediately when current is higher than} {a predetermined level|the predetermined amount|an amount that is predetermined}. {However, they can also|But, they can also|However, they are also able to} be {manually operated and act|operated manually and serve|operated manually, and function} as an additional {disconnect|source of disconnect}.

{An|A|The} Electric Meter measures the energy {passing|that is passing|flowing} through it. It is {used|utilized} {by|in the|to} [xfield_company] to charge customers and {measure|monitor|to measure} {their usage|their use|the usage of their systems}. To {measure the energy generated|determine the amount of energy produced|quantify the power generated} {by solar PV systems|from solar PV system|through solar PV panels}{,|} {a bi-directional battery powered|an bi-directional battery-powered|the bi-directional battery powered} {meter is required|meter is needed|meters is required}. The wiring{, or electrical cables that| or electrical cables that| or electrical cables used to} {transport the electric|transfer the electrical|transmit the} energy between the {components must|two components should|parts must} be {properly sized in order|appropriately sized|properly sized} to {carry|be able to handle|accommodate} the current. {Protective measures must be taken|It is essential to take precautions|Security measures should be taken} {against sunlight exposure|to guard against exposure to sunlight|to protect against sunlight exposure}. Wires {carrying|that carry|that conduct} DC current {may require additional|might require additional|could require further} protection {with metal sheathing|by securing the wire with a metal|using a metal sheathing}.

How does solar PV system efficiency affect?

It is {important that you|crucial to|essential to} {remember that solar energy does|keep in mind that solar energy will|be aware that solar energy does} not {produce electricity at|generate electricity with} 100{%| percent| 100%} efficiency. The {efficiency of a PV system|effectiveness of a PV system|efficiency of a PV panel} {can be|is} affected by environmental {factors|conditions|elements}{, such as| like} {temperature, soiling|the temperature, soiling|temperatures, soiling,} and shading, {as well as|in addition to|and also} {electrical component losses|the electrical component’s losses|loss of electrical components}. {The following are some|Here are a few|Below are some} examples of {loss|losses}:

Temperature: The {efficiency|effectiveness} of solar panels {varies according|is influenced by|differs according} {to their temperature|the temperature|to the temperatures they are}. {Performance can be|The performance of solar panels can be|Performance is} affected by {high temperatures|temperatures that are high|extreme temperatures}.

Soiling{: A layer of material| The layer of material| A layer of substance} that {covers PV panels can|is placed over PV panels could|covers PV panels may} {block|hinder|stop} {sunlight from reaching|the sunlight’s path to|sun’s rays from getting to the} solar cells{ and reduce|, and decrease} the {power generated|amount of power produced}. The amount of {power lost due to|power lost because of|energy lost due to} soiling {can vary depending on|can differ based on|is contingent upon} {how often the panel is|the frequency at which the panel is|how often the panel gets} cleaned {and the type|and also the type|as well as the kind} of soiling (such {snow or dust|dust or snow}).

Shading {refers to the blocking|is the blockage|refers to the obstruction} of sunlight by {trees, buildings|buildings, trees}{, terrain and other objects| or other terrains and objects| as well as other obstacles}. {Variable effects of shading can|The effects of shading may|Different effects of shading could} {have a significant impact on|affect|be significant to} {the solar system’s power output|your solar panel’s output|energy output of the solar system}. This article{ and the| as well as the other|, as well as the} section {in|of} our {PV system losses series|series on PV system losses} {provide great information about|offer valuable information on|give valuable information about} shading.

{Connectivity and wiring|Wiring and connectivity|Connections and wiring}{: A solar installation’s| The| Installations with solar} electrical connections {can cause|can create|may cause} resistance, which {results in|can result in|leads to} energy {losses up to|loss of up to|losses of as much as} {a few percent|just a small percentage|only a fraction of a percent}.

{Mismatch: Modules|Modules that are|Modules that are not} {of the same type|similar to each other|identical to one another} {may|might|could} {have slightly different electrical characteristics|differ in electrical characteristics|have slightly different electrical properties} {due to manufacturing variations|due to variations in manufacturing|because of manufacturing differences}. This {can cause performance problems|could cause performance issues|can lead to performance issues}.

Inverter Efficiency: {An inverter converts|Inverters convert} {DC to AC current|AC to DC current|AC current into DC} {at a rate of 96-97|with a speed of 96-97|at a rate of between 96 and 97}{%| percent}. {When|If} {the|it is the case that|you have a} DC {input power|output power|inverter’s input} is {high|large}{, inverters have| Inverters operate at| inverters perform at} {a higher|greater|an increased} efficiency. {When|If} the {input power is lower|power input is lower|input power is less} than the {rated power|power rating|power rated}{, the conversion efficiency suffers| and the conversion efficiency decreases| then the efficiency of conversion suffers}.

Age: As {they|people|we} {age, solar panels produce|get older, solar panels generate|age, solar panels create} less energy. The {decrease in performance|performance decrease|decline in efficiency} {is usually around|typically is around|generally is about} 0.5{% per annum| percent per year}.

System Derate Factor

The {efficiency|effectiveness} of {a solar panel|the solar panel|solar panels} (or module) {refers to the percentage|is the amount|is measured by the percentage} of sunlight that {a|the} module converts {to electricity under|into electricity under|into electricity in} {standard|normal|typical} conditions (STC{;| with an| and} ambient temperature of {25degC,|25degC;|25 degrees Celsius,} {irradiance|Irradiance of|illumination of} 1000W/m2).

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The main reason why this happens is when you have a grid-tied solar system, it has safety measures preinstalled to shut down production in case of a power outage so as not to do extensive damage to the grid or the employees working on fixing the outage.

If you would like to be less dependent on the grid or ideally have no dependence, then you can add storage batteries to your solar system.
Backup batteries store the excess energy produced by solar for later use (for example, when there is a power outage). You can provide backup for some of your home appliances or all of them by installing more batteries depending on your energy consumption.

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