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    Size And Structure of Solar Arrays

    A solar array is any order or grouping of solar panels with the intent to capture and transform sunlight into some other form of energy. The size and installation of a solar array depend on what is needed. Someone looking for enough electrical energy to power an entire house will need a totally different solar array than one who only wants to heat some water.

    Usually solar arrays are used for energy production or water heating. However arrays can also be a combination of two solar system types. As soon as we need more power (or hot water) than a single photoelectric thermal panel can produce, then this requires that multiple panels must be arranged as a solar array.

    An array can be as big as we need it to be to deliver enough energy or warm water for an entire house or more. As photoelectric or thermal power plants, solar arrays can also have huge dimensions like the solar array ‘Aurora’ in Colorado.

    The solar array structure for the mechanical integration of the solar module is chosen at the end of the manufacturing process. The arrangement of a solar array depends on its final location which could be on a roof, as integration into building materials for roofs or vertical walls. Other options are pole-mounting, ground-mounting, or attaching of a solar panel to an industrial structure.

    After the adjustment of a solar array, the electrical components are integrated with other parts of the solar energy system. This includes the connection of elements of solar arrays such as inverters, batteries, wiring, disconnects and regulators (charge controllers).

    An important aspect which must be considered when installing a solar array is placement It must be placed at an angle that will best capture the most direct sunlight. Active and passive solar trackers can help the solar array become more efficient. Any shade or light obstructions will inhibit the effectiveness of the solar array.