How Does Solar Power Feed Back Into The Grid?
Whilst all of the components that make up a solar power system are important, the solar panels are particularly important as they make up the largest cost of the system. However, if you’re considering investing in a solar PV system for your home, you may be wondering how it’s possible for your solar system to feedback unused solar electricity into the grid. Read our original article on how solar power is fed back into the grid.
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Solar PV systems work by producing electricity via a solar array. The sunlight that hits your panels is converted into DC electricity, which is fed into an inverter.
This inverter converts DC electricity produced by your solar array into AC electricity, which is suitable for household consumption. Your inverter should be installed as close as possible to your electricity meter in order to avoid power losses, although having it stored in a cool place like a garage should be your highest priority.
Likewise, if your solar system does not produce enough electricity to power you home, any excess electricity will be drawn from the grid.
Electricity produced by your solar system will supply your home and it’s appliances first, and only feed electricity into the grid if there is any surplus electricity.
If your system has been sized correctly, very little power should be fed into the grid with most being consumed. This means you are offsetting what you previously would have purchased from the grid.