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Solar Terms

Familiarize yourself with these common solar terms.

Alternating Current

Alternating Current

Alternating current is a solar term the refers to an electrical flow that cyclically changes direction and continually varies in magnitude.

Direct Current

Direct Current

Direct current is a solar term the refers to an electrical flow streamlined in one direction at a constant rate.

Electrical Grid

Electrical Grid

The electrical grid is a linked network designed for the distribution of electricity from producers to consumers.

Electric Bill

Electric Bill

An electric bill is the invoice presented to a local utility’s customer for the cost of consumed electricity over a set period of time.

Energy Storage

Energy Storage

Energy storage is the ability to capture excess energy produced by the solar panels for later use.

Gigawatt

Gigawatt

A gigawatt is a power unit equivalent to one billion watts.

Inverter

Inverter

An inverter allows for the direct current generated from solar panels to transform into alternating current for household usage.

Isaksen Solar App

Isaksen Solar App

The Isaksen Solar app allows solar owners to monitor their energy production and consumption at all times.

Kilowatt

Kilowatt

A kilowatt is a unit of power equivalent to one thousand watts.

Kilowatt-Hour

Kilowatt-Hour

A kilowatt-hour is a measure of electrical energy that gages the amount of electricity being generated or consumed in 1 hour.

Local Utility

Local Utility

Local utility companies are who consumers purchase grid electricity from.

Megawatt

Megawatt

A megawatt is a unit of power equivalent to one million watts.

Meter

Meter

Your meter tracks your energy consumption. After installing a solar system, your meter will be able to track your system’s production too.

Microinverter

Microinverter

A microinverter transforms direct current to alternating current electricity on a per-solar panel basis.

Monitoring

Monitoring

Monitoring of a solar energy system is crucial to ensure it’s optimally producing and functioning to it’s highest potential.

Net Metering

Net Metering

Net metering allows owners of solar energy systems to receive credit for the excess electricity they generate.

Optimizer

Optimizer

An optimizer ensures the highest production possible of individual solar panels despite shading or temperature variances.

Photovoltaic Effect

Photovoltaic Effect

The photovoltaic (PV) effect is the physical process that takes place as solar panels convert sunlight into electricity.

Solar Array

Solar Array

A solar array refers to a collection of solar panels that work together to capture sunlight and convert it into electricity.

Solar Cell

Solar Cell

A solar cell is the converting mechanism within a solar panel that absorbs sunlight and turns it into electricity.

Solar Incentive

Solar Incentive

A solar incentive is a government funded program that may offset the cost of a solar energy system.

Solar Module

Solar Module

A solar module or a solar panel, is a single photovoltaic panel that absorbs sunlight and generates an electric current. Solar modules are a key component of solar energy systems.

Terawatt

Terawatt

A terawatt is a unit of power equivalent to one trillion watts.

TSRF

TSRF

TSRF quantifies the percentage of the total potential solar energy that a particular site can capture considering its specific conditions.

Watt

Watt

A watt is used to measure the rate at which energy is generated, consumed, or transferred.