This is a question that we are commonly asked. Many people think they may need to upgrade the appliances or electrical devices in their home if they install solar, but you do not.
The confusion often arises because people read that solar power is produced in direct current (or DC current), but the appliances in a standard North American home run on alternating current (or AC current). To overcome this difference, installed with every residential or commercial solar installation is an inverter system that converts DC current to AC current.
Why Does Energy Produced From Solar Need to Be Converted to AC Power?
There are two main reasons why DC power from solar panels must be converted to AC format. First, as we mentioned earlier, the appliances and electrical devices in your home are designed to run on alternating current.
Secondly, the majority of solar installations are grid connected. Homes and business with solar pull DC current electricity from the grid when their solar arrays are not producing enough power and when they are producing more than they’re using, they send power back out onto the grid. Any current sent onto the grid must be in the same AC format that conventional electricity is transmitted in.
Will I Experience Any Differences At All Once I Go Solar?
No! Everything will continue to work as normal in your home. The only change you’ll notice is the big change in your electricity bill!
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