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Category Archive for 'Types of Solar'

Solar Heating Pool & Spa

Solar Heat for Pool and Spa The typical pool system uses an unglazed collector. The area of the collector is usually about 80% of the surface area of the pool. It will add about 3 months to the unheated swimming season. When the sun is out water from the pool is circulated through the collectors [...]

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Photovoltaic

Grid Tie A grid tie system is the most common form of Photovoltaic(PV) system for a household. These are systems that use an inverter to match the voltage and frequency of the electricity coming from the utility. The power from the utility is often referred to as grid power or just the grid. The inverter [...]

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Solar: Passive System

Solar Passive System Passive systems work in a similar fashion to _________.  The difference is that there is no pump.  The tank is located above the panels and the hot water rises into the tank.

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Solar: Off Grid

Solar: Off Grid (or Battery Backup) Off grid systems use the solar panels to charge batteries. The power is then taken from the batteries. Some appliances can use the DC power from the batteries directly. Other appliances use power that is converted by the inverter to AC. These systems are sized so that they can [...]

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Solar Domestic Hot Water

Solar Domestic Hot Water SDHW systems use sunlight to heat water. Active Passive

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Solar Grid Tie

Grid Tie Systems The most common way to use solar to produce electricity for a home or business is a grid tie system. These systems have the advantage of being relatively simple. There are no batteries and they take very little maintenance. The solar panels are wired into an inverter. The inverter changes the Direct [...]

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Active Systems

Active Solar System Active systems have solar panels on a roof or a ground rack. They are plumbed to a tank usually in the garage. A small pump circulates water from the tank through the panels thereby heating the water. The pump comes on when the water in the panels is hotter than that in [...]

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