By utilizing solar energy you can generate electricity that can power your home or commercial property. It can even power your RV. There are all sorts of solar power systems that can be used. This article will list some of the solar power systems available and cover what conditions they are best suited for.
If we consider an RV, for example, the ideal solar power system would be a portable system. These systems are economical, as they have a smaller number of solar panels and batteries than a larger stand-alone system. They may be moved around so that they can make the most of the sunny conditions depending on your location.
A stand alone power system is comprised of a solar panel. The size will vary depending on your energy needs. This is connected to a battery system. Again this will vary depending on your needs. You will also need an inverter that converts DC current to AC current.
The grid tie system is a popular option for many people new to solar energy or don’t want total responsibility for creating their electricity. A grid tie system has all the components of a stand alone system but it is still connected to the utility grid so that electricity can come from either the solar panels or from the more traditional utility companies.
When there is no sun or the solar panels do not have the capacity to supply the building then the grid supplied electricity can fill the gap. Thus there is usually no need for batteries which makes this system cleaner and easier to operate. It also means that electricity can be transported to the power station and used elsewhere.
Eventually, as people become more experienced with solar power they will move towards a completely stand alone system. That is an off the grid system. They will become completely self sufficient for energy needs. Of course this requires more management by the individual and more responsibility but it is cheaper than using grid power and more environmentally friendly.
The complete off grid system will contain more inverters, probably two, so that there will be enough current to run large appliances like air conditioners and electric heaters. It also gives the solar power system more flexibility in that one can be operated while the other is being maintained.
Off grid systems are often installed in outlying or remote areas where there is no grid system to connect to. The solar power system could be the only source of electricity and would be essential to the survival of the individual property or the community in the area.
Hybrid systems are also useful in remote areas or if you are planning to go self sufficient in creating energy. A hybrid system uses two methods of energy generation to double the total amount of created. This may include a solar/wind power option if you want to go totally green. Otherwise you may go for a solar/generator system. The generator would be a portable generator powered by diesel, propane or gasoline. Provided you have a reliable supply of these fossil fuels then this hybrid system is probably more reliable than the solar/wind option.
Having as many contingencies as possible is always best because the solar power system is not always going to be useable. If there is poor weather or cloud overhead then it may not be as effective. Having numerous contingencies obviously makes it harder to set up and maintain.