Solar photovoltaics is one of the most important technologies to pave the way towards a 24/7 clean energy economy. With the cost of solar dropping in the last decade, it is now becoming the go-to renewable energy technology. Not only are power utility companies investing in solar, but also residential and commercial businesses are looking to place solar on their rooftop to save on energy bills and to make a statement that they want to help with climate change. Furthermore, consumers and businesses are purchasing a variety of solar-powered products (e.g., chargers, generators, batteries, outdoor lights) to save even more on energy bills and save the climate.
Basics of Solar Energy: How does it work?
Solar technology generates useable electricity from the sun’s irradiation. Here are the basic steps:
- Solar photovoltaic cells absorb the sun’s irradiation (or in other word’s the sun’s energy) and convert it to direct current (DC) electricity
- If you are wanting to use solar panels to power your home,
- then a solar inverter, connected to the solar panel, converts DC electricity from your solar modules to alternative current (AC) electricity. AC electricity is what is used by all the homes in the U.S.
- This AC electricity is passed through your circuit breaker to power all your devices/appliances in your home
- If there is extra electricity on top of what you are consuming, it is put back into the power grid (and you can potentially make money on the excess)
- If you want to power devices (e.g., phones, tablets), you can just use DC electricity directly.
There are now a plethora of solar products that provide portability, flexibility, and can be used in multiple situations. The only difference is that these solar smart devices do not need to be mounted on your roof and fed through your circuit breaker. They can be directly connected to your phone charger or powering our outdoor lights in your home, to just about any application.
Our Solar Buying Guides
Our industry experts at the TheEnergyFix have developed thorough buying guides for each type of solar product on the market today. These guides are intended to help you make a decision on which product is the right fit, what you should look out for, FAQs, and more. Check them out below:
TheEnergyFix’s Buying Guide Process
We take the following 6-step process to narrow down each solar product: