A solar system includes panels and an inverter. We have the expertise to install systems ranging from a 5kw roof mounted system to a complex 300kw system. A typical home uses 20kwh per day, which equates to a 5kw system.
One of our preferred systems is SolarEdge, which is designed for roofs with multiple surfaces or that are partially shaded during the day. With SolarEdge, each panel has an electronic chip called a power optimiser. Power optimisers maximise the output from each separate panel. If one panel is underperforming, due to the angle of the sun or a shadow from a tree, it does not affect the output of the other panels in its string.
A grid connected solar power system is a series of roof mounted solar panels and an inverter connected to the electricity distribution network through the switchboard. Any power you do not use automatically feeds back into the network. This unused power is shown as a feed-in tariff credit on your electricity bill.
Off-grid solar power systems are referred to as stand-alone systems and are a combination of power sources that operate independently from the power electricity distribution network. They are designed to power a multitude of applications from homes, sheds, water pumps, even entire remote communities. They can incorporate the use of generators coupled to a storage source (battery bank).
Here at Shannon Fraser Solar and Electrical, we have installed thousands of solar systems (see below for some images of our installations). Solar panel size and wattage vary. The amount of panels installed on the roof will vary from customer to customer depending on the overall system size chosen. Our preferred brands of solar panels are REC and Jinko.
A complete solar system includes panels, inverter and batteries.
A solar battery stores excess power from your panels to use at night and during the day when there is heavy cloud cover.
A large battery can enable you to go completely off-grid, so no more power bills.
Generally, you save more money if you store excess solar power in a battery rather than selling it back into the electricity grid.
Our preferred battery maker is Tesla and we also use LG Chem.
Solar inverters convert the direct current (DC) power that solar panels create to an alternating current (AC) power to be used in homes and businesses or fed directly into the grid.
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