In this post, we will explore the difference between alternating current and direct current. We will also talk about how they are applied to our electrical system and why solar is direct current. So let’s get started!

Alternating Current(AC)

is a type of electric power that can be changed from positive to negative voltage as it flows through a conductor. This type of electricity changes direction at regular intervals, unlike (DC) Direct Current that always travels in one direction. (AC) is the type of electricity that is used in our homes and businesses.

Direct Current(DC)

on the other hand, always flows in one direction and doesn’t change polarity like (AC). This type of current is often used in batteries and solar systems. So why is solar direct current? Because when you are using DC power, you are using the direct current that is created by your solar panels.

So why is solar direct current?

Because when you are using DC power, you are using the direct current that is created by your solar panels.

DC power is produced from the solar system that will send it to the inverters to then convert it to AC power. AC power is what we use in our homes for appliances and everyday life.

The AC power is then sent to local utility companies and we can use it in our homes without worrying about solar panels on top of our roofs!

Residential Solar Array Install

Because (AC) Alternating Current was developed when electricity was first introduced, most appliances and devices are designed to run on AC power. This is why solar systems usually convert the direct current (DC) from the solar panels into alternating current (AC) before sending it to the home.

But what if you want to use a device that doesn’t work with AC? That’s where a DC-to-AC inverter comes in. This handy device converts the direct current from your solar system into alternating current, which can be used to power most devices in your home.

So now you know the difference between (AC) and (DC)! Stay tuned for our next post, where we will discuss how solar works and why it’s a great option for homeowners. Thanks.

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