When people talk about ‘getting solar’, they’re referring to installing a solar system (otherwise known as a photovoltaic or PV system) which absorbs energy generated by the sun. Solar panels supply power to a home during the day, alongside traditional ‘grid’ power that provides extra electricity when required on low sunlight days, at night, and at times of high power usage.
A typical solar system consists of solar panels and an inverter. There are two main types of inverters: a string inverter (which is installed on a wall with all solar panels connected), and microinverters (which are attached to the back of each solar panel). Inverters are the heart of a solar system, as they convert the electricity generated by panels into 240V AC power suitable for household use.
An optional additional component of a solar system is a battery. A battery captures any unused solar power generated