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Shining Light on Solar Cells - Chapter 7: PV Systems and Costing 101

After spending the first half of the series learning about everything inside a solar panel, now it's time to learn how do we connect solar panels to the device that we want to power, forming a PV system. In this video, we learn

  • The different combinations of PV systems
  • How you as a homeowner can install solar panels at your home with a government PV scheme
  • Using the payback period method to make investment decisions in PV systems
  • How large-scale solar plant projects are evaluated using the Levelized cost of electricity (LCOE).

Updated list of SEG suppliers

Introduction to payback period

Calculations by Energy Savings Trust

Further reference materials that I highly recommend:

Luque, A. and Hegedus, S. (2003). Handbook of Photovoltaic Science and Engineering. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN: 978-0-471-49196-5.

Other parts in this series:

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