All grid tied PV systems will have the following basic components:
- Photovoltaic solar panels: capable of capturing the sun’s energy and converting it into direct current (DC) energy.
- Inverter: Electrical device that operates to change the form of the energy produced by the solar panels (direct current) to the form of energy that our buildings consume (alternating current). Inverters are also considered the “brains of the system” since they are capable of tracking and reporting various useful information on the system such as current power production, daily energy, value of energy produced, etc’. Goldin Solar includes in its installations an inverter add-on that connects the inverter to the internet to allow our customers to track the performance of their PV systems in real time from anywhere.
- Racking system: The metal structural system that anchors the solar PV panels to the roof. It includes the anchor points, which will structurally tie into the building (concrete slab or wooden rafters), as well as the rails that are assembled onto the anchoring points, onto which the PV panels are secured.
- Various electrical components: All the electrical components required to complete the functioning solar PV system including: conductors, grounding wire, grounding lugs, junction boxes, combiner boxes, breakers, fuses, and conduit.