Grid connected solar power system

If most of your power is consumed during the day a conventional solar power system may be the most suitable. A typical solar system will generally have solar panel fitted on the roof in a northerly direction and at an angle to maximise the amount of sunlight that hits the panels.

Solar panels generate clean electricity by converting the energy in sunlight. This conversion takes place within modules of specially fabricated materials that make up the solar panels. It is a relatively simple process that requires no moving parts.

Electricity from the grid uses alternating current (AC). But the electricity generated by solar panels is direct current (DC). That means grid connected solar systems need an inverter to transform the DC electricity into AC electricity suitable for ordinary household needs.

Houses with solar systems use solar power first before sourcing electricity from the grid. At night when the solar panels are not producing electricity, power is supplied from the grid.