Types of Solar Electricity Systems

Solar energy is one of the most commonly used and accessible modes of alternate energy, one which is required to be tapped give the scenario of the world regarding exhaustible energy resources.  Primarily, tapping solar energy requires the use of photovoltaic cells that then transmit the energy for conversion to electricity via batteries and inverters for household or commercial use.

Grid based system

Economically the most feasible and the most commonly adopted system, the grid based connection system ensures you enjoy interruption free electricity supply to your home. The photovoltaic cells tap the energy and generate DC electricity which is then transmitted to an inverter that converts the incoming electricity to AC electricity.

There’s a certain utility meter to measure the amount of electricity that is surplus, and which is thus circulated in the area utility electricity grid. However, the system is dependent on the utility grid and hence you will not be spared of a power loss in case the utility grid goes down

Net metering

This system allows you to generate some income for yourself, in the form of savings of course. A good day of sunshine will obviously mean greater generation of solar electricity. Any excess solar electricity will be circulated back in the utility grid, which will earn you a credit, and the utility meter will ‘spin’ backwards in your favour.

Most of the grid based connection systems come with an agreement between you and the local utility electricity provider and thus Net Metering is a common system.

See Gold Coast electrical services for more information.