If you’re upgrading or thinking of upgrading to a solar powered energy system for your home then you’re probably seen the designation “WP” on certain elements. This marking usually has a number next to it and a rating for the system. This has caused many people some confusion as they aren’t sure what exactly WP method.
WP method “Watts Peak” and is the rating given for the total wattage output when the system is operating under perfect conditions. Your system won’t always function at this level of performance as there are too many environmental variables to take into consideration. However once in a while you’ll have that perfect day where everything will be calm, quiet, and sunny which will consequence in your system producing this amount of strength.
Now don’t get excited and start slamming panels with high WP ratings all over your roof. There are other parts of your system involved with converting this energy and if their WP rating isn’t as high as the panels then the panels can overload them. Let’s say that you have 5 panels that have a rating of 50 WP each. This is a total of 250 watts under perfect conditions.
Now say your converter box only has a rating of 200 WP. When your panels work at complete capacity they will be producing 50 watts over what the converter can manager and will overload it. This can consequence in all sorts of nasty things happening and the last thing you want or need is an electrical fire. In order to prevent this event and keep your home from going up in smoke you need to do some math and some smart buying.
When you buy your solar panels make sure you write down their WP rating and then multiply that by the number of panels you buy. Then when you go to buy the other electrical sustain equipment for the system make sure their WP rating is slightly higher than the total figure you have for your panels. This will make sure that the other elements in the system won’t be overloaded and will also have some breathing room to work with.
You want to leave this breathing room for your elements due to the fact that as electrical systems get older they can’t manager as high of a load as when they were new. While not basic this step can help you get a few more years out of your elements before having to replace them. already solar panels and their related elements have a life span and when they reach this lifespan they will need to be replaced.
Fortunately if the panels and the related equipment are made properly you won’t have to worry about this for a decade or so. If the panels are made really well you may not already have to worry about this problem at all as the system might outlast you.
So when you see the WP marking on your solar strength system equipment remember that that’s the peak wattage that can be generated under perfect conditions. Also remember that when buying your equipment that the sustain elements should have a higher WP rating than all of your panels combined. Failure to do so will consequence in overloads with your system in addition as other hazardous side effects.