>Grid Solar Panels and Solar Power: How does it work for you?
Grid Connect Solar Systems form two parts –
1) Solar Panels
The solar panels work when sunlight hits the cells of the solar panels, electrons are shaken free and move around. Electrons are the negatively charged particles that sit around the nucleus of an atom (the nucleus consists of protons and neutrons). An electric current is simply the movement or flow of electrons in the same direction.
If you place a group of Solar Panels together, you can create a flow of electrons creating DC electricity.
The Inverter receives the DC current and converts the electricity to AC so it can be used immediately by occupants and what is not used (from the solar panels) gets fed back into the electricity grid. It is important to remember that even an overcast or rainy day is sufficient to generate some solar power, although obviously significantly less than if your panels were basking in broad sunshine.
If shading could potentially be an issue, new technology such as micro inverters are a good way to ensure the solar system performance is maximised. There are advantages and disadvantages using technology such as this so we recommend speaking to a solar professional.
Grid-connected solar power systems are generally very low-maintenance. Some panels are better than others with self cleaning ability, so some may require an occasional clean and regular health-check, solar panels should last you for decades.