Infographic: What's involved in a Solar PV setup?

By now you have probably seen Solar Photovoltaic (PV) panels or heard about people generating their own electricity from daylight. These panels on your roof can save you money and reduce your impact on the environment, but turning daylight into electricity requires more than panels on your roof.

We have put together an infographic to help you to see how solar panels actually work and how solar PV panels work with standard components like your fuse board, and the energy grid to provide you with free, clean electricity.

Standard Solar PV configurations include panels on the roof and an Inverter to convert the solar energy into electricity. These systems are designed to generate electricity for immediate use in the home. However, if you are generating more electricity than you need, there are options for using that 'spare' electricity too.

A typical Solar PV setup will either include a Diverter, to use excess electricity to heat your water, or a Storage Battery to store that excess for use later in the day. Let's take a look at the Diverter setup first.

Solar PV panels diverter

If you choose to add a battery instead, the setup is fairly similar with the battery essentially replacing the diverter. It should be noted that it costs more to include a battery instead of a diverter, full details of costs and installation requirements are available on our Solar PV page.

Solar PV panels battery storage 

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