Chapter five

Solar Photovoltaic Systems

Abstract

The fundamentals of photovoltaic (PV) technology from the types of individual semiconductor cells to PV module arrays are explained. Basic PV system components including PV modules, electrical connects and disconnects, DC to AC inverters, microinverters, and their applications are described. Grid-tied PV systems and net metering arrangements are also explained and include wiring diagram information illustrating a typical single inverter system. String inverters versus microinverter applications are addressed with associated photographs. PV collector performance using Standard Test Conditions (STC) provide a PV module comparison analogous to the Solar Rating & Certification Corporation's comparison ...

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