How a solar system works during a blackout

Perhaps the question that most people ask about solar energy is how it works during a blackout. Nigeria being the largest importer of generators in Africa and consequently one of the most polluted, has many looking for cleaner and more efficient alternatives to the highly polluting generators. The use of solar energy has been gaining more popularity in the past few years and is set to displace generators as the leading source of backup energy in Nigeria in a few years.

Solar-Inverter systems usually come with 4 primary components: The solar panels, the batteries, inverter and charge controller. The solar panels receive the photons from the sun, converts them to direct current. The charge controller regulates the charging of the battery to avoid overcharging while the inverter converts the direct current from the panels to alternating current which is sent into the home for use.

With a Powerbug solar package, Nigerians no longer have to depend solely on the highly unstable power grid or on polluting and costly generators for power. Once the power supply is interrupted, all you have to do is switch over to solar power. During the day, the panels produce electricity which is sent into your home through the inverter and as well charges the batteries. At night the batteries become the primary source of energy and will power the home for a limited period of time ranging from a couple of hours to a couple of days depending on the size and capacity of the batteries.

Solar panels have been found to be more economical and reliable than generators in the event of an outage due to the low level of maintenance they require and due to the infinite nature of the sun. it is also the most convenient- just hit the switch and you won’t miss a thing.

Source: Powerbug solar

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