• grid tie inverter

    A grid tie inverter is designed to convert the DC electricity generated by the solar panels into the normal AC electricity suitable for home use. Note that when the inverter converts the 12V direct current into regular 110V alternating current, this power conversion uses up some of the generated power.

    A solar powered system that uses a grid-tied inverter would also include sunlight- absorbing solar panels, charge controller, and mounting hardware. If you decided to install such a system on your own, you would need to solder, wire, and mount your solar unit, and then tie it to the power grid.