Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What are the power requirements needed for a solar vehicle charger?
This largely depends on factors such as how much you drive, what kind of electric vehicle you own, and the battery system within your solar panel system. For example, the longer your daily commute is to somewhere like work, the larger your solar panel will end up being. People living in denser urban areas will typically have shorter commutes, reducing the amount of power needed. A licensed electrician will be able to do an accurate calculation of the number of solar panels that will be needed based on your daily mileage and other factors.
Will my solar vehicle charger work on cloudy days?
Solar panels typically produce around 25-45% of its usual energy on cloudy days; however, the battery system within the solar panels allows energy obtained from the sun to be stored for later use. This allows solar panels to efficiently provide power no matter the weather, as well as during the night, which is when people typically leave their cars charging. It’s therefore important within a solar vehicle charging system to have a good battery.
What is an inverter and how would it be important to my solar energy system?
Inverters are one of the most important pieces of equipment within solar energy systems. These devices are what allow direct current (DC) electricity generated by the solar panel to be converted to alternating current (AC) electricity, which is what the electrical grid uses. The two types of inverters are string inverters and microinverters. A string inverter system is when multiple solar panels are arranged into rows, transferring the power produced into a single inverter. Meanwhile, a microinverter system is when each solar panel has its own inverter. This makes it easier to install additional panels if needed, but can be more costly up front. To figure out which system is best for you, contact MADE ELECTRIC today!