In recent years the renewable energy sector has seen the spread of a “Do it Yourself” solution, Plug and Play Photovoltaics. This is a small Photovoltaic System, which can be installed on the terrace, which allows you to connect the solar panel directly to the domestic electricity grid to exploit solar energy without mounting Photovoltaic Panels on the roof.
But how do Plug and Play photovoltaic panels work? What are their advantages and disadvantages when compared with traditional Photovoltaic Systems? Do They Offer Real Convenience?
Plug and Play: What is It?
The transition from fossil fuels to Photovoltaic Systems for the production of electricity is an increasingly widespread practice that allows you to save significantly on bills and reduce emissions and the level of pollution in buildings. In addition to traditional solar panels installed on roofs, Plug and Play Photovoltaic Panels have been spreading in recent years, less expensive solutions that allow part of the family’s energy needs to be satisfied through solar energy.
These are Photovoltaic Systems that are easy to install and use, requiring very simple configuration. The term “Plug and Play Solar System” refers to the concept of simply connecting solar panels to a power source, as you would an electrical outlet, eliminating the need for professional installations.
A Plug and Play System is made up of panels designed to be highly portable and adaptable, allowing users to conveniently harness solar energy directly from their home balcony, windows, or garden. The main components of a Plug and Play Solar System are:
the main element is made up of the panel, in monocrystalline or polycrystalline silicon, which carries out the task of storing solar energy. To be able to install it independently, the photovoltaic panel must not exceed a power of 350 W.
the second important component is a small inverter that allows you to convert the direct current coming from the panel into alternating current that can be used in the building;
The plug&play photovoltaic system panels can be installed wherever desired using a support frame and any clamps or fixing brackets;
In Some Cases, these systems are equipped with further accessories that allow you to obtain a better service, such as connection cables or a battery for energy storage (in this case we are talking about Plug and Play Photovoltaic with Storage).
Plug and Play Photovoltaic: How Does it Work?
How does Plug and Play Photovoltaic Work? It is a very simple mechanism: to use the system, simply position the panels where desired and connect them to the power plug. In this way, solar energy is transferred directly to the home grid.
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Since it is characterized by a power of less than 800 W, to Install a Plug and Play Photovoltaic System no particular permits or authorizations are needed, other than the mandatory communication to be forwarded to the distributor. However, in areas subject to landscape or architectural restrictions it may be necessary to obtain authorization from the municipality of residence. Those who live in a condominium, however, may have to communicate their desire to install a Plug and Play system to the assembly.
The Technical Operation of These Photovoltaic Systems may vary depending on the manufacturer and the specific model, but in general, it is based on a simplified and pre-configured architecture that allows users to easily connect it and put it into operation without the intervention of specialized technicians. Here are the main installation and operation steps of a Plug and Play Photovoltaic:
Positioning of The Panels:
The Solar Panels are positioned and fixed in an area well exposed to sunlight (better if exposed to the south), such as on the terrace or in a garden.
Plug and Play system kits are designed to make connecting components as simple as possible.
Connection to the Electricity Grid or Autonomous Use:
The Energy Produced by solar panels can be used directly in domestic appliances or fed into the local electricity grid. It is underlined, however, that with this type of Photovoltaic System, it is not possible to receive remuneration for the electricity fed into the grid.
Monitoring and Maintenance:
Some Plug and Play solar kits also include a monitoring system that allows users to track energy production and system operation.
Plug and Play Photovoltaic: Is it Worth It?
The convenience of a Plug and Play Photovoltaic System depends on several factors, including personal needs, Initial Costs, and potential savings. Here are some points to consider:
this type of photovoltaic system is designed to be small in size and can only cover a portion of a home’s energy needs. If you want to increase your energy self-sufficiency, it is certainly better to consider installing a larger traditional photovoltaic system.
Plug and Play photovoltaic kits tend to be less expensive than traditional photovoltaic systems. However, costs may vary depending on the kit chosen and the quality of the components;
While a Plug and Play System can reduce your energy bill, long-term savings depend on the amount of energy produced and the price of electricity. Traditional photovoltaic systems are better in terms of efficiency and, consequently, offer greater savings over time.
The convenience of a Plug and Play Photovoltaic lies in the ease of installation, which can be carried out independently. On the one hand, this can reduce installation costs and improve the accessibility of solar Energy to a wider audience. On the other hand, however, the presence of a qualified technician and professional installation guarantee a greater level of safety and knowledge of the system.
In Conclusion, The advantages of Photovoltaic Plug and Play are mainly found in the lower Initial Costs, portability, and ease of installation. If you want to make the most of the advantages offered by Solar Energy, however, traditional photovoltaic systems guarantee a much better result.
Thanks to cutting-edge technologies and the experience of expert and qualified technicians, PK SOLAR POWER Photovoltaic Systems allow you to save up to 75% on your bill (Plug and Play systems stop at around 20%), monitor energy production in real-time and to have a tailor-made system. Investing in a PK SOLAR POWER Photovoltaic System means investing in the future and the planet.