The solar industry is booming in a variety of sectors ranging from smaller residential systems to the much larger solar systems that can span hundreds of acres. While the underlying technology of these two systems are the same, some of the finer details can be quite different. The general purpose of these two types of solar systems can be entirely different from one another. So, what is a solar farm and what should you know about them?
- What Is A Solar Panel Farm?
- How Do Large Solar Arrays Work?
- How Is A Solar Farm Different From A Residential Solar System?
- What Are The Advantages Of Large Solar Fields?
What Is A Solar Panel Farm?
All farms seek to grow a product that can then be sold for a profit. Some farms focus on growing animals to be sold for their meat while others focus on growing fruits and vegetables that can then be picked and sent all over the world. A large solar array is no different except instead of growing fruits and vegetables or animals, the farm is producing electricity. This electricity is then sold back to the electrical grid operators or specific utilities in various locations. They are referred to as farms because, much like traditional farms, many acres of land is required.
How Do Large Solar Arrays Work?
The fundamental components of a large solar system are solar panels and inverters. The solar panels are the modules which, when sunlight hits them, generates electricity. The inverter is a device that switch electricity from direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC). AC is much more easily transmitted over long distances which is why inverters are so critical to this process. This electricity can then be transmitted to thousands of homes and businesses from a single farm.
How Is A Solar Farm Different From A Residential Solar System?
A home solar system is typically tied into a home electrical panel and feeds their meter directly. This type of installation is known as “behind the meter”. If the home solar system is generating more electricity than the home is using, the meter will literally begin to spin backwards. A large solar array will never be behind a meter and is instead known as “in front of the meter” meaning that it will feed the grid directly. So, what is a solar farm doing if it isn’t feeding a meter? Because the large array is tied directly into the grid, this electricity generated is then transmitted many miles until it is used by homes and businesses alike.
What Are The Advantages Of Large Solar Fields?
Perhaps the biggest advantage of large solar fields is economies of scale. Because developers are able to buy in bulk, the overall cost per watt of installed capacity can be lowered. In the case of a residential solar installation, the largest project cost is labor whereas with large solar fields, the largest cost is the equipment. Additionally, because the fuel for a solar array is provided for free by the sun, the cost to operate a solar field is extremely low. The main costs are to monitor, maintain and fix any worn out aspects of the solar system.
As more consumers like you are seeking out renewable energy for their homes, the popularity of large solar farms is growing at a rapid pace. By utilizing naturally occurring renewable resources such as sunlight, we as a society can continue to operate normally while having a much less negative impact on the environment.
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