Familiarize yourself with these common solar terms.
Alternating current is a solar term the refers to an electrical flow that cyclically changes direction and continually varies in magnitude.
Direct current is a solar term the refers to an electrical flow streamlined in one direction at a constant rate.
Electrical panels divide incoming power from the grid into individual circuits.
The electrical grid is a linked network designed for the distribution of electricity from producers to consumers.
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 is the ability to capture excess energy produced by the solar panels for later use.
A gigawatt is a power unit equivalent to one billion watts.
Greenhouse gases trap heat in Earth’s atmosphere.
An inverter allows for the direct current generated from solar panels to transform into alternating current for household usage.
The Isaksen Solar app allows solar owners to monitor their energy production and consumption at all times.
A kilowatt is a unit of power equivalent to one thousand watts.
A kilowatt-hour is a measure of electrical energy that gages the amount of electricity being generated or consumed in 1 hour.
Local utility companies are who consumers purchase grid electricity from.
A megawatt is a unit of power equivalent to one million watts.
A microinverter transforms direct current to alternating current electricity on a per-solar panel basis.
Monitoring of a solar energy system is crucial to ensure it’s optimally producing and functioning to it’s highest potential.
Net metering allows owners of solar energy systems to receive credit for the excess electricity they generate.
An optimizer ensures the highest production possible of individual solar panels despite shading or temperature variances.
Photovoltaic (PV) systems convert sunlight into electricity.
A solar array refers to a collection of solar panels that work together to capture sunlight and convert it into electricity.
A solar cell is the converting mechanism within a solar panel that absorbs sunlight and turns it into electricity.
A solar incentive is a government funded program that may offset the cost of a solar energy system.
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.
A terawatt is a unit of power equivalent to one trillion watts.
A watt is used to measure the rate at which energy is generated, consumed, or transferred.