How complex is a solar charging system? Simple.

Solar systems aerial view

Solar systems aerial view

There is no denying that solar power and wind power are the way of the future; otherwise there might be no power in the future, or no future, period.
Solar power system schematics a

Solar power system schematics a

 

Most people know this in the back of their mind, but still, even in these fast changing times, many are reticently behind the curve and stubbornly resistant to making the needed and viable changes – not just in installing entire solar or wind powered energy systems, but even in simple appliances like a solar-powered A/C.

 

Solar power system schematics b

Solar power system schematics b

The reticence is in part due to their being intimidated by the perceived complexity of solar and wind energy technology, or baffled by a simple wiring diagram. And so they avoid the issue, even when given the forced opportunity of needing a new roof after a hurricane. So here, let me present not one, not two, but three simple schematic diagrams.

 

Solar power system schematics b

Solar power system schematics b

 

Here is how simple it is:

#1. the SOLAR PANELS which capture incoming photons from the sun and convert them into an outgoing electron stream (DC current).

#2. the CHARGE CONTROLLER, which converts the incoming electron stream from the solar panels into a regulated outgoing DC electric current, which can directly power DC devices.

#3. the BATTERIES, which stores the incoming DC electricity from the charge controller.

#4. the INVERTER, which changes the DC-input from the batteries into an AC-output to circuit-breakers, then finally to the wall sockets.

A good solar/wind power system is one in which these 4 components are well matched and compatible.

And that’s it. Now what are you waiting for? Ah, the $$$? Well then this is where WA comes in.

Anthony Marr

 

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