Our solar energy glossary offers a collection of key terms and phrases, explained simply and concisely.
type of electricity created by solar modules when solar rays hit them. This energy is converted into Alternating Current (AC) electricity to be used in our home.
Uility infrastructure that is responsible for the transmission and distribution of electricity to consumers.
Family of inverters that is 25% smaller than the standard inverter and has 99% efficiency. SetApp enabled HD-Wave inverters do not have an LCD screen, and instead are remotely accessed using SetApp.
(Investment Tax Credit) Federal Tax Credit that is associated with installing solar on your home. Currently valued at 26% of solar system purchase, given in the form of a tax credit towards your tax liability. Tax credit for homeowners is slated to step down year over year until it reaches 0% in 2024. It is regarded as the most significant financial incentive for solar in the U.S.
Unit of energy or power measured over a period of time. We are charged by the utility company in an amount per kWh. Example: The amount of power that ten 100W lightbulbs use in one hour
PV inverters were originally developed to convert direct current (DC) generated by PV panels to alternating current (AC) for use in the home or to feed into the grid. One of the most common types of inverters is a string inverter, which performs both conversion and MPPT at the string level.
Standard string inverters offer limited monitoring possibilities, create energy losses, limit design flexibility, and in some regions require the installation of additional safety hardware. Other types of inverters available are DC-optimized inverters and micro-inverters.
The mounting system used to affix solar panels to the roof, building surface, or ground.
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