Types of solar installations

 

There are a variety of ways to harness the power of the sun. Today we are going to define the ways and discuss them:

 

  • Grid Tied
  • Off Grid
  • Hybrid
  • PV Direct
  • Solar Thermal
  • Photosynthesis

 

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Energy vs. power

This short series is to help build some foundational knowledge that will help you understand the building blocks of Solar.

energy

Energy is the capacity to do work.  Measurements for energy include calories, BTUs, Joules, and Watt-Hours.  We would use the term energy when discussing how much capacity you have in your battery bank.  If you are on grid you will get a utility bill from the power company and that will normally provide you with the number of kWh or Kilowatt-Hours you used last month.  A Kilowatt is 100 watts and a watt hour is one watt being used for one hour.

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