how is solar power generated

How Is Solar Power Generated?

Solar power is created whenever direct sunlight hits solar panels, which then transforms solar energy into usable electricity. In short – solar panels turns sunlight into energy.

The first step in creating electricity from sunlight is to install solar panels. Solar panels are made from polycrystalline or monocrystalline silicon, shielded in a metal frame, covered in glass. Whenever the sun hits the thin layer of silicon on the solar panel, it knocks electrons off the atoms. Since electrons are negatively charged, this process creates an electric current that’s captured by the wires in the solar panel. These flowing electrons are then the basis of the electricity that’s generated from the panels.

The more direct sunlight, the more electrons will be knocked off the atoms the more electricity will be produced. This is why it’s important to consider elements like cloud coverage and shade before installing your solar panel system.

High-quality solar panels will produce higher rates of electricity even though they might cost a little more up front. In the long run, however, you’ll save more money since they will work more efficiently.

What are inverters?

To turn energy from your solar panels into usable electricity, you need the help of inverters. The electricity created by loose silicon electrons is DC (direct current) and requires conversion to AC (alternating current) before it can be used. This conversion is handled by inverters which can be set up as power optimizers, string inverters and microinverters. Every one of these configurations performs the same task – converting DC into AC electricity. Once the conversion takes place, it can run through your electric panel and be distributed throughout your home.

For individuals considering the benefits of using solar energy instead of fossil fuels, it’s important to examine all your options before committing to a solar power provider. Speak to the experts at Nupower today for an obligation free quote.

Does solar work when its cloudy?

Do Solar Panels Work When It’s Rainy Or Overcast?

Solar panels produce the most electricity on days with clear skies and plentiful sunshine. But all is not lost on cloudy days – typical solar panels can generate anything between 10-25% of their estimated capacity. The amount will vary depending on the type of solar panel as well as the cloud coverage. Modern PV systems actually function better in cooler temperatures.

UV light also reaches the earth’s surface even when it’s cloudy. Have you ever gotten a sunburn when it was overcast? Then you have firsthand experience of this. Even during the grayest days, visible light still gets through clouds and rain. Whether it’s cloudy or foggy outside, even the most standard solar panel will produce some power during daylight.

What if you live in a place where it’s mostly overcast?

If you’re thinking about investing in solar panels to help you save money on your electricity bill, you need to examine how much sunshine you receive annually and not on a specific day. In South Africa, however, we have an abundance of sunshine and while the winters in the Western Cape might get a little dreary, the amount of daylight is still enough to make solar power a legitimate option.

Another option is to invest in solar batteries. They can help you save money by storing free energy to use on cloudy or rainy days.

Even in places like Germany where it can be grey throughout most of the year, they have successfully installed approximately 25 gigawatts of solar power. This accounts for 50% of their electricity needs. The UK is not far behind and has experienced enormous success with its solar initiatives.

Overcast days will come and go, but on average, it won’t affect the ROI of solar panels. If you would like to find out more about saving on electricity bills even when it’s cloudy or rainy out, speak to the team at Nupower today.

NuPower Solar South Africa

Renewable energy & solar water heating systems are within reach of all South Africans; ask NuPower!

NuPower Solar has been offering home owners, commercial property owners, farmers, hospitals, shopping malls and production facilities, among others, renewable energy solutions that have significantly reduced their electricity bills for over 8 years now, many of whom have long since been enjoying the benefits of hot water and energy generated solely from the sun!

As NuPower solar water heating systems and other renewable energy systems have reached the mark of over 12 000 installations, the demand for electricity is still increasing, along with the cost of electricity, making more and more home owners and property owners move towards any renewable energy source that will free them from these costs, imposed by a single electricity supplier with a complete monopoly over the supply of power.

To keep up with the demand for NuPower solar water heating systems and renewable energy solutions, this team still remains a pioneer in the industry, committed to maintaining a firm hand in where it comes to remaining on the cutting edge of technology, continuously following the latest research and development in order to give their clients top notch quality at affordable prices.

NuPower Solar is also the trusted go-to team for cost effective solar solutions for property developers involved in major projects such as the building of multiple units on one property, or other large commercial developments; these professionals know that they can rely on NuPower Solar to maintain a consistently high standard across the board, from the solar products they use, to the meticulous attention displayed in the workmanship of NuPower installers.

NuPower Solar offers an end to end service, taking clients from the drawing board after a representative has carried out a site inspection (and of course, on acceptance of the quote), to the design of a tailor-made system designed to meet all the requirements of each application, and finally, the installation of the system by no one other than an accredited NuPower installer!

NuPower Solar does not just pay lip service to a reputation for excellence earned over the years, and it shows; not only in the quality of their own NuPower Solar Water Heating Systems and those of Victron Energy PV Systems, but in the fact that they are the only solar company that has a dedicated 24 hour emergency hotline, connecting clients to an extensive network of dealerships that reach across South Africa!

The team of engineers at NuPower are passionate about educating their clients about their options for renewable energy, and the products that would work best for their specific application, ensuring that each client is able to make an informed final decision about the solar system they will be investing in.

If you are going to move over to renewable energy, it’s important to know, in advance, that you can have absolute confidence in the fact that anything produced by NuPower Solar is going give you an excellent return on investment, and keep giving returns well into the future!

Renewable energy and solar water heating systems are fast becoming accessible to all South Africans as the costs of solar panels and components go down in price, and, at the rate that electricity tariffs are going up, there is no better time than today to contact NuPower Solar to find out about how they can design a renewable energy solution affordable enough for you to make it worth investing in today!

Unrivaled Quality in Solar

NuPower Solar Water Heating Systems & PV Systems from Victron Energy offer an unrivalled quality of solar solutions!

Using only the very best in SABS approved, proudly South African NuPower Solar Water Heating systems and PV Systems designed and manufactured by Victron Energy, this team of renewable energy experts have cut a clear path through the solar industry in South Africa with their ability to offer top quality solar components and innovative design for renewable energy solutions that are used in residential and industrial applications.

Each solution is tailor made to suit the energy requirements of individual customers, guided by a passion and commitment to making a difference to the lives of each NuPower customer, and moving South Africa towards a future entirely reliant on renewable energy.

In fact, while some of the coldest countries in the world rely on solar water heating systems and other renewable energy solutions fed by a sun that is, for the most part, hidden behind thick clouds that seldom clear, sunny South Africa is yet to catch up, and we really have no excuse!

Expense is no longer much of a factor when high electricity tariffs are weighed against increasingly affordable solar panels and components. If you count the cost of what electricity is going to set you back in the next few years alone, compared to the lump sum investment it will take to free yourself from this heavy financial burden, then it’s clear that finding the means to invest in renewable energy solutions is a logical step to take.

Whether you start on a small scale or go the whole hog, whatever you invest is going to start paying for itself from the day your PV system or solar water heating system is installed, and, within 2 to 3 years, whatever you have saved on electricity tariffs will leave you free and clear!

The NuPower team has such confidence in their extensive range of solar products that most of these products carry a 10 year warranty, which will definitely help to make you feel a lot more confident about entrusting your budget to the expertise of a team that has been around for a long time, one that intends to stick around well into the future.

This is the kind of stability a company in any industry can be proud of in a highly competitive market place, which is exactly what we all need in a generation where even something as basic as a kettle is designed to end up on the trash heap within a year; a complete departure from the days when things were built to last!

PV Systems from Victron Energy, which was the winner of the 2017 European Battery Management Systems Product Leadership Award, include Off-Grid systems, Grid-Tied systems and Backup Power solutions, all of which are used in the design of personalised renewable energy solutions by the innovative and experienced team of solar engineers at NuPower Solar.

Start your journey to renewable energy, and the freedom that comes with it by contacting NuPower, the friendly team of experts who put all the right products together in designing renewable energy solutions that will last well into the future!

NuPower is just a call away when you are ready for the best in all things solar!

NuPower Solar supplies the highest quality in Off-Grid PV systems, Grid-Tied systems, bulk solar heating systems and more throughout South Africa, with many years worth of experience to back up their highly rated service excellence, the quality of their solar products and expertise in the solar industry.

 

Nothing less than the best in European quality solar products are used in any solar systems designed and installed by NuPower, and with award-winning products from Victron Energy, you can expect a streamlined energy solution that will last well into the future and meet all your solar energy requirements.

 

Consistency in all that is done by NuPower has made this team a nationwide success for many years already, planning and installing cost effective, tailored solar solutions for residential, industrial and commercial properties, using nothing less than the latest in technology and design innovation to meet the energy requirements of individual clients and projects.

 

Solar water heating systems from NuPower include vacuum tube systems, which are great even in adverse weather, flat plate systems that offer excellent performance and bulk water heating systems, ideal for clients such as hotels, hospitals and large residential buildings.

 

Based on the wealth of knowledge and experience the NuPower team brings to the solar industry throughout South Africa, you can rely on affordable prices that will make absolute sense when you calculate the savings you can look forward to.

 

Electricity tariffs keep sky-rocketing, and it’s only going to get worse, and solar panels keep dropping in price, doing the maths will make your decision to go with a solar water heating system a no-brainer!

 

Builders and developers, resellers and end-users all benefit from the years worth of research carried out by NuPower and their commitment to using the very latest technology across the board, from planning to final installation, if its organised and professional you prefer, then NuPower is just a call away!

 

NuPower Solar uses award-winning Victron Energy products in their personalized energy solutions.

NuPower Solar is at the forefront of growth in the use of solar energy in the domestic, commercial and industrial sector throughout South Africa, a leadership position which has been earned through the ability of the NuPower Solar team of experts to deliver outstanding custom solar solutions to suit a variety of applications.

Yet another aspect of the success achieved by NuPower Solar after many years in the industry is that the quality of products offered by this team is of an award winning standard, such as the Victron Color Control (CCGX), which provides intuitive control and monitoring for all Victron power systems.  The list of Victron products that can be connected to the Victron Color Control (CCGX) by NuPower Solar is endless, covering everything from inverters, Multis, Quattros, MPPT solar chargers, BMV battery monitor, Lynx Ion and more.

As a team that remains on the cutting edge of developments in the solar industry, and one committed to ongoing investment into research and development, it stands to reason that NuPower Solar is proud to provide clients with solar solutions that use only the best of products available on the market.

As recently as June 2017, Victron Energy won the 2017 European Battery Management Systems Product Leadership Award, which assures every NuPower Solar client that any solar system designed and installed by NuPower is of the highest standard possible.

Victron products are used by NuPower Solar when designing Off-Grid PV systems, which are for use in areas where there is no access to the grid, Grid-Tied PV systems, which, because there are no batteries, are perfect for commercial, industrial and large residential use, where the most efficient use is for applications where the highest energy use is during sunshine hours.

Back-up power solutions designed and installed by NuPower using Victron Energy products use Eskom power to charge batteries, which are then used to supply the connected load when power goes out, and, once the power is back on, the battery bank is recharged within a few hours.

Service excellence backed by superlative products and an in-depth expertise in the field of solar energy are just a few of the benefits you can look forward to when you contact NuPower Solar for a personalized energy solution!

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