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A solar generator consists of various parts, each working together to generate electricity that can power your home. The solar generator is made from the following elements:

  • solar panel
  • controller
  • inverter
  • battery

The solar panel, mounted to the roof, collects sunlight and converts it into useable electricity. These days, solar panels can also be replaced by solar shingles or tiles. The inverter converts DC electricity into AC electricity that can be used to light your home, heat your water, power your TV, and various other uses. A grid-tie inverter connects your solar power system to the utility company’s grid. The battery stores solar energy for back-up or evening use, and the charging controller monitors the battery back and prevents it from overcharging. With a solar generator, you can even store excess power and send it back to the utility company.

Each of the parts that make a solar generator can be purchased individually or collectively. Owning your own solar powered system to produce electricity enables you to maintain your regular lifestyle while effecting environmental change. Solar power does not rely on fossil fuels to produce energy. Instead, it relies exclusively on sunlight, which will never run out or cost you a dime. Equipment purchase and maintenance costs must be taken into consideration, as well as the amount of direct sunlight available in your area.

Generators powered by diesel, gasoline, and natural gas are alternatives to solar generators and can be used in conjunction with photovoltaic systems. These standalone systems rely on nonrenewable sources of energy, but can produce electricity at any time and provide backup or emergency power. Many of them are also portable. Engine generators enable you to produce your own electricity by charging the batteries that power small appliances. They generally cost $600 to $1,200. Engine powered generators, which have the disadvantages of fuel storage, noise, engine maintenance, and fossil fuel use, can be installed alongside solar panels.

When you’ve found a solar generator of your own, contact a certified solar contractor for all your installation needs!

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