By Dave Rongey Summary: The basics of a Grid Tied Inverter System and how they work including a basic inverter electrical wiring diagram.
Basic Inverters and "Grid Tied" Systems
A Grid Tied System is usually a photovoltaic (PV) system that interacts with the electric utility and can be configured with or without batteries. Thanks to a relatively new breed of inverters, you can actually sell the excess power produced by your solar array or any alternative power system back to the utility grid.
These types of systems are relatively easy to install and much easier to maintain .Solar modules can be mounted on your roof or in any open area which receives sun exposure or windmills can be installed in windy locations.
Basic inverter electrical wiring diagram
In this example we can see the various components of a grid tied energy system and the electrical devices that are installed from the point of the alternative power production to the main electrical panel. It is important to note that electrical codes have been established to protect this process, such as the current and voltage protection, DC power disconnect, and the AC disconnect. The design of the overall system is crucial so the electrical wiring and electrical components many be identified and sized according to all applicable codes, and to ensure proper performance of the alternative power system.
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