Source: Photovoltaic Systems Text Book
What is a Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Electric System?
Photovoltaics is a solar energy technology that uses the unique properties
of certain semi-conductors to directly convert radiation into electricity.
Photovoltaic (PV) systems use wafers, typically made of crystalline silicon,
that are sensitive to sunlight and produce a small direct current when exposed
to light. When these PV cells, also known as solar cells, are combined into
larger arrangements called modules, they produce an appreciable amount of
electrical power with no moving parts, noise or harmful emissions.
A solar photovoltaics (PV) system is an electrical system consisting of a
solar PV module array and other electrical components needed to convert solar
energy into electricity usable by loads. These components can be arranged in many ways
to design PV systems for different situations, but the most common configuration
is a utility grid-tied system, which is found on commercial and residential buildings.
These solar PV may or may not include battery storage. The solar array is usually
mounted on a south facing rooftop or nearby on the ground.
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