Types of Solar Electric Systems

A solar electric system typically consists of solar panels and an inverter. Some may also include a battery and charge controller. The three most common types of solar electric systems are grid-connected, grid-connected with battery backup, and off-grid (stand-alone). Each has distinct applications and components.



Grid-Connected

Grid-Connected with Battery Back-up

Off-Grid or Stand-Alone

Types of Solar Electric Systems

Grid-Connected

Grid-Connected with Battery Back-up

Off-Grid or Stand-Alone

Types of Solar Panels

Silicon Solar Panels

Thin-Film Solar Panels

Future Solar Panels

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Types of Solar Electric Systems
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