Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How can I customize my solar vehicle charger?
One of the most important parts in a solar energy system is the inverter. This is the piece of equipment within a solar panel system that converts direct current (DC) energy, which is what is generated by the solar panel, to alternating current (AC) electricity, which is what the electrical grid uses and recognizes. There are also two types of inverters to choose from: a string inverter and a microinverter, each with their own benefits and drawbacks.
Using a microinverter means that solar panels will be arranged into ‘strings’, with the power produced being transferred into one inverter. Meanwhile, a microinverter sees each of the solar panels having their own inverters, allowing you to add or remove additional panels as you see fit. To figure out which inverter is best for the solar energy system that you’re looking to build, contact MADE ELECTRIC today!
How many solar panels will I need for my solar vehicle charger?
This depends on how much energy you will need to power your electric vehicle, which can be impacted by the type of electric vehicle you own, how much you drive, and the battery system that is incorporated into the solar panel system itself. Since different vehicles have different specifications, the amount of power needed for a system will vary. How much you drive as well is a big factor, which can includes things such as where you live and your daily commute to work. Denser urban areas, for example, will tend to have shorter commutes. It’s important to ensure that your solar energy system has a good battery storage capacity, as this too can affect how many solar panels you will need.
Some systems require as little as 10 solar panels, which can be enough to efficiently charge an electric vehicle, but this number can be highly variable depending on your home, your vehicle, and your lifestyle.
What should I know about building a solar energy system?
It’s generally recommended that if you expect your electricity use to increase within the next few years (due to wanting to renovate your home, renewing your appliances, or getting more than one vehicle) to build your solar energy system based on the capacity that you will eventually want to have. This can save you money and time in the long run, as it’s better to have a larger capacity first than go back and upgrade later.