Consumer Education PDF
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Get off the grid! In our ever-connected society, there remains a certain mystique associated with the ability to disengage, disconnect, and disappear should we desire. It is so common, in fact, that our many inquiries often mention wanting to “go off-grid.” If you are not familiar with…
Silicon – The Hard Cell
A solar panel is a collection of solar cells connected together within a frame. The cells generate electricity for home owners and business owners around the globe. We commonly call panels photovoltaic (PV) modules. Photo is Latin for light and voltaic refers to electricity, electricity from…
Simply Solar Components
Solar energy is not complicated. The sun shines and customers use their electricity. Once the system has been installed and operational, very little thought needs to be given to the operations. This is one of the reasons solar electricity can be a great choice, it is virtually maintenance free. Although one of the benefits of solar can also be one of the most complicating factors: every system is unique.
Solar Electricity Basics
Photovoltaic (PV) systems create electricity. In order to fully understand how solar panels actually work, we need a brief explanation of the nature of electricity. In this article we will talk about electrical terminology; a key to understanding PV.
What is Electricity?
Electricity is the flow of electrons, electric charges, through a circuit. The unit of force or pressure that moves electrons is measured in voltage, named in honor of Italian physicist Alessandro Volta, who invented what is believed to be the first chemical battery. Common voltages (abbreviated V or E) include 12V car batteries or 120V home electric systems, among many others. The flow rate of electrons is measured in amperage, the unit being an ampere or amp (abbreviated A or I). This rate of flow is called the current.
More than just one of the most successful rock bands whose major hits were all released before I was even born, the terms AC and DC (separated for our purposes) represent two very important terms dealing with electricity.
As you know, current is one of the components used to explain electrical power. But did you know that there are two major forms of current?