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What Is A Solar Panel?

A Solar panels (also known as "PV panels") is a device that converts light from the sun, which is composed of particles of energy called "photons", into electricity that can be used to power electrical loads.

Solar panels can be used for a wide variety of applications including remote power systems for telecommunications equipment, remote sensing, and of course for the production of electricity by residential and commercial solar electric systems.

A photovoltaic PV solar power system is a collection of components which, when used together, produce electricity from sunlight that can be used for a variety of purposes. 

What are the types of solar photovoltaic systems?

There are several different types of solar photovoltaic systems including the following:

  • Grid-tie (no battery)
  • Grid-tie (with battery storage)
  • Off-grid (no battery)
  • Off-grid (with battery, DC-only)
  • Off-grid (with battery AC + DC)

All of the system types listed above begin and end with the photovoltaic array, consisting of one or more solar panels, which converts electromagnetic radiation in the form of sunlight into direct current (DC) electricity.  This is true for any residential, commercial, or industrial solar power system.  And, depending on whether or not a system includes batteries, a solar PV system will also include a charge controller, which regulates the charge to the batteries, and an inverter, which converts DC electricity to AC electricity.  A PV system also includes cables and wiring that connect all the system components together into a complete system.

What factors should I consider when choosing a solar panel for my residential needs?

When selecting a solar panel for your residential needs, consider factors such as power output, efficiency, durability, and warranty. Additionally, evaluate the size of the solar panel system required to meet your energy needs and ensure that it is compatible with the available space.

Our Quality Solar Panel Brands

We feature products from a variety of solar panel manufacturers including some of the biggest names and best-quality brands on the market including Solarworld, Trina Solar, Canadian Solar, and more.:

  • Jinko Solar: one of the largest and most innovative solar module manufacturers in the world.
  • LONGi Solar: is a Tier 1 manufacturer of solar panels renowned for its monocrystalline technologies and the latest innovations.

Our wide selection of solar electric systems come in various wattage configurations, or sizes.  We have residential solar power kits that are capable of powering a home.  We also supply solar lighting kits for lighting up a dark sign.  The list of examples of applications that can be powered by a solar power system is long and includes numerous military and federal, state, county, and municipal government applications, transportation including street lights, traffic control, rail, and even satellites and space stations.  There is even a start-up company attempting to perfect their solar roadway invention.

Our solar photovoltaic systems and kits include high-quality components that are tested and certified to the highest quality standard and are designed for optimal durability and performance for up to 25 years - and beyond.