Question by  jelewalc (9)

When switching a home to solar energy is it necessary to switch to 12 volt house wiring?

I am adding solar energy to my home and was instructed that I would also want to pursue 12 volt wiring.


Answer by  Tom2Turk (18)

No. Using 12V wiring is efficient, because you will otherwise lose some energy to the 'inverter' needed to convert electricity to standard household levels. However, a good inverter will lose little energy and will let you use normal appliances with normal wiring.


Answer by  tamarawilhite (17883)

Not always. You can install a voltage converter before solar power flows into the home. You can also send all solar power to batteries, put a converter there, and go.


Answer by  Subramanianr (109)

No, normally a house wiring will have its voltage from 110 volts onwards depending on the state or country. But a solar panel collects energy from the sun and stores in a 12 volt battery. the inverter supplied along with the solar system converts this 12 volt power to that which is already at your home


Answer by  Lakshmi65 (715)

Solar energy system can be done only the expericence people which require 12 volt house wiring. On having solar energy system we can save fuel, so our enviorment can saved in future. we can also install 12 volt sc dc motion sensor lights which will work as inverter. Hence fule cost can be saved by this system


Answer by  GraceJackson (92)

Wiring is not measured in volts, it's measured in gauge. The gauge you'll need depends on how much electricity your panels produce and how far you need to move it.


Answer by  HEAJG (500)

Well yes you should switch to 12 volt house wiring. You want to be as energy efficient as possible. Remember that is the key to having a home full of solar energy. You want to take it slow and easy. Also, getting an assessment done is much better before you make the switch to 12 volt wiring.


Answer by  Brandon55 (1719)

You were told you needed 12 volt wiring in case you use the solar panels to charge batteries and draw on those batteries later. You can still hook up the batteries to the house using other devices without a total rewiring.

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