E3A Solar Electricity: System Components

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This guide is one in the Exploring Energy Efficiency and Alternatives (E3A): Solar Electricity for the Home, Farm or Ranch series. This one describes the components of a solar electric system.


  • Batteries
  • Charge controller
  • Component and system certifications
  • Crystalline silicon
  • Inverter
  • Inverter/charger
  • Meters
  • Photovoltaic (PV) materials
  • Safety equipment
  • Thin-film PV


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