If solar panels are installed on a roof or open area, then its solar photovoltaic cells can provide energy directly to a building. Such forms of solar panels are essentially similar, and they are built by visionary homeowners during the beginning of solar growth, but today’s distinction is that solar panels are more energy-efficient, smaller and much cheaper.

Solar panel energy system is called direct current, which is the same thing that batteries use. Many standard household equipment and lighting devices, though, run on higher AC or alternating electricity. Photovoltaic solar panels should include an inverter to convert low direct current power, which is usually 12 volts, from solar panels to higher alternating current power, which is usually 240 volts for home use. Household appliances run on solar-generated DC as well as on AC power generated by utility companies.

Easy DIY Solar Power System

Before you can start finding the right solar panel kits for sale, you must make some decisions first. Such as if you want an off-grid or grid-connected device or if you want storage batteries for your network.  You should also know your energy requirements or usage. Photovoltaic systems cost lower than they were a couple of decades, but they’re still very expensive to purchase and build, so make some decisions and have a clear idea before you begin.

Whether you’re considering a complete grid-connected device or an off-grid, self-contained system that comes with battery storage, then you will need a variety of solar panels generating several thousand’s worth of solar power wattage to fulfill the electrical needs of your household. It will still depend on your scale and energy efficiency requirements So, prior to designing your solar power system, you’ll need to measure all your home electrical appliances’ total power requirement.

Calculating Energy Requirements

The electrical current generated by DIY solar power devices is essentially a feature of its panel size, whether as an array or individually. Other considerations are solar capacity, location, sun exposure, among others. It is critical that when buying a solar power kit, you get the size that generates enough electricity for your home.

A standard appliance’s electrical power level is usually given in Watts. You can check that by either by looking at the device classification tag or checking the user manual software information. A 200 VA system means it generates electricity measured in volt amperes. This volt-amp value is almost the same as provided in Watts since Watts is voltage times amperes, which is simplified to just VA. Daily energy output of equipment is essentially measured as the wattage level times the total number daily hours when turned on or used. For example, if your 200VA or wattage device is used for five hours within 24 hours, the total energy consumption would be 200 VA times five hours, generating 1 kW-hr or 1,000 watts.

Similarly, if you had a 60W light turned on at night for three hours, the energy consumption will be 60 times by 3, which is equivalent to 180Whr. The downside of using wattage often reflects an appliance’s electrical power, irrespective of supply voltage. Repeat the equations above for all electrical appliances you need to power up and add to your DIY solar pack.