Solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity.  This can be done either directly using photovoltaics (PV, aka solar panels) or indirectly with concentrated solar power (CSP).  CSP focuses the sun’s energy to heat water which is then used to provide power.  The use of solar power has become more prevalent in today’s society as businesses and individuals look for better alternative renewable energy sources.

A solar energy system provides many benefits such as:Matt's camera 007

  • Emission-free and noise free thereby reducing pollution
  • Reliable source of continuous power
  • Potential for tax incentives and/or energy rebates
  • Low maintenance costs
  • Long life components
  • Fixed operating costs once installed

There are essentially two types of solar power systems: SAPS (Stand Alone Power System) and Grid Connect.  A SAPS setup is an off-grid PV system which uses an inverter and rechargeable batteries to store the electricity.  This type of system can be portable and is most often used in remote locations.  Grid Connect systems are tied in with a standard power supply.  At nighttime, energy is drawn from the power grid as usual.  In addition, any excess energy generated is fed back into the power grid, often times providing for energy credits.

When considering a solar power system, determinations are made for your energy needs, the system autonomy, as well as your geographic location or the solar insolation.  Solar insolation is an average of the sun’s energy that reaches your location throughout the year.  A licensed electrician such as Precision Electric can ensure your solar power system is the correct size to meet your needs and follows all the required electrical codes associated with solar power system installations. Solar power systems are designed to be durable and weatherproof and are an excellent emergency power source for the oil and gas industry.