Solar power is a completely passive form of electricity generation. Sunlight strikes a special set of polycrystalline silicon panels. The panels convert the sunlight into electricity via the photoelectric effect. This technology is called photovoltaic solar power. Another method is called concentrated solar power, which uses a set of mirrors to concentrate sunlight on a boiler to create steam. The steam, in turn, drives a generator to produce electricity. Residential solar installations use photovoltaic systems because they are cheaper and much smaller.
Any system, whether residential, commercial or industrial, has the same basic elements. The electricity produced by the photovoltaic panels is direct current, which is passed through an inverter to create alternating current. The AC power usually goes into batteries after it leaves the inverter. Technical issues can easily arise when it comes to solar power installations due to the various components. Compatibility issues, malfunctions and degrading parts all pose problems.
Fortunately, these issues are becoming irrelevant thanks to the introduction of new systems. Innovation is evident in such designs as V3 Solar’s cone-shaped rotating solar collector system. Panels may be a thing of the past as the drive for energy efficiency produces more unusual design specifications. At any rate, homeowners can take advantage of solar installations to harness the benefits now.