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Energy Efficiency Explained

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A crash course in Solar

How Does Solar Energy Work?

Solar PV Systems have Five Main Components:

Solar Panels

Solar panels collect and convert the sun’s energy into electricity. They are a key component of a solar panel system. The most commonly available panels today are either polycrystalline or monocrystalline solar panels. We have found that the best choice for our homeowners is monocrystalline solar panels, which are made out of silicon ingots. To optimize performance and lower costs of a single monocrystalline solar cell, four sides are cut out of the cylindrical ingots to make silicon wafers, which gives them their characteristic look.
Monocrystalline solar panels have the highest efficiency rates. They are made out of the highest-grade silicon. The efficiency rates of monocrystalline solar panels are typically 15-20%.
They are also space-efficient. Since these solar panels yield the highest power outputs, they require the least amount of space. They produce up to four times the amount of electricity as thin-film solar panels.
Monocrystalline solar panels live the longest. Because of their durability and resilience, our panels are covered by a 25-year warranty.
These panels perform the best in low-light. These panels tend to perform better than similarly rated polycrystalline solar panels at low-light conditions.

Inverters

The cells in your solar panels collect the sun’s energy and turn it into direct current (DC) electricity. Most homes, however, use alternating current (AC). Inverters change the DC electricity from your panels into usable AC electricity. Our inverters combine sophisticated digital control technology with efficient power conversion architecture to achieve superior solar power harvesting, and best-in-class reliability. Our single-phase inverter comes with a built-in DC safety switch, integrated rapid shutdown and a standard 12-year warranty.

Racking and Mounting Systems

Racking and Mounting Systems are used to affix your solar panels either to your roof or to the ground, as well as allow you to position your panels at the angle that is best for capturing the sun’s rays. There are two types of Mounting Systems. Fixed mounts are panels that remain stationary. Whereas track mounts allow panels to “follow” the sun as it moves across the sky during the day (single-axis track mounts) and during the changing seasons (dual-axis track mounts). Track mounts are only suitable for panels installed on the ground.

Performance Monitoring Systems

EHS Performance Monitoring Systems provide you with detailed information about the performance of your solar panel system. This information can be accessed via a monitoring platform on your tablet or smartphone, providing performance analysis, fault detection and troubleshooting of PV systems. With this monitoring system you can also measure and track the amount of electricity your system produces on an hourly basis to ensure that you maximize the electricity production (and therefore the financial returns) of your solar panel system.
While some solar installers charge extra for installing a monitoring system, we include monitoring in each of our systems at no additional cost to you.

Power Optimizers

Solar Systems installed by EHS use Power Optimizers. Power Optimizers are a hybrid of micro-inverter and string inverter systems. So, what makes power optimizers so special? Instead of converting the DC electricity from the solar panels into AC electricity, the optimizers “condition” the DC electricity before sending it to a centralized inverter.
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