Performing a Load Analysis for Battery-based Solar Systems

Quantifying power and energy requirements for stand-alone, battery-based photovoltaic systems can be a complex but important task, necessary for properly designing safe and functional off-grid PV systems. This video snippet outlines a few vital things to consider before carrying out an initial load analysis.

This content is a brief overview from Solar Energy International’s online course, PVOL203: PV System Fundamentals (Battery-based). This class builds a foundation for understanding many battery-based applications, in which the complexity far exceeds that of a grid¬≠-direct PV system. Load analysis is addressed along with other critical design criteria such as battery bank design, equipment options, electrical integration of system components, and much more. View course:

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Commercial Solar Power, Residential Solar Power, and Off-Grid Solar Power

Whether you’re a home or a business owner, you can harness the power of solar panels to run your home or business. These systems have many different applications, ranging from standard residential and commercial systems to nontraditional ones that can power hand-held calculators and vehicles. Standard residential and commercial solar power systems are comprised of a core set of components. Off-grid systems use additional components. Below, we’ll explore the different components that make up the most common systems.

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