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Solar System Options

Regardless of the type of system, all solar power systems work on the same basic principles.

1. Solar panels first convert sunlight into DC power using what is known as the photovoltaic (PV) effect.

2. The DC power can then be stored in a battery or converted by a solar inverter into AC power, which can then be used to power your home or business.

3. Depending on the type of system, excess solar energy can either be fed into the electricity grid for credits or stored in a variety of different battery storage systems.

Energy created by the heat and light of the sun is called Solar Energy.

Solar Power is produced when energy from the sun is converted into electricity

Four types of Solar Power Systems

Grid Connected Solar Systems

Grid connect systems use solar generated power in the first instance. If additional power is required (than the solar system generates at that point in time) power is sourced directly from the power grid.

Off-Grid Solar Systems

An off-grid or stand-alone system is when you store all the energy your panels produce and don’t access the grid at all. A battery is required to store the solar generated energy that provides all the power needed to meet your requirements.

Hybrid Solar Systems

Hybrid systems generate power in the same way as a traditional solar system but use special hybrid inverters and batteries to store energy for later use. This ability to store energy enables most hybrid systems to also operate as a backup power supply during a blackout.

Battery Storage

A solar battery is a battery that stores energy from a solar PV system. The system's panels absorb energy from the sun and convert it to

electricity which then passes through the inverter for your home to use.


Main components of a Solar System

Solar Panels

Solar panels are made up of many silicon based photovoltaic cells (PV cells) which generate direct current (DC) electricity from sunlight.

Note: It is sunlight, not heat, which produces electricity in photovoltaic cells.

Solar Inverter

The primary role of the solar inverter is to convert the DC electricity generated via Solar panels into AC electricity, which can then be used to power homes and businesses.


You can add a solar battery to your solar power system to store the excess electricity generated by your solar panels.

You can use the stored energy to power your home, or business, when solar panels don't generate enough electricity.

This includes at night, cloudy days, and during power outages.


AC electricity from the solar inverter is sent to the electricity switchboard where it is drawn into the various circuits and appliances in your home or business.

Regenerate Electrical specialise in the design and installation of Solar PV Systems and Battery Storage across Melbourne and Victoria.

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