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Base load

Glossary lexicon

payback period

Degree of self-sufficiency

Balcony power plant

Reference counter

Lightning protection

Federal Network Agency


Roof alignment

Roof hook


Diffuse sunlight

Direct sunlight

Thin film solar module

EEG feed-in tariff


Power socket

feed-in tariff

Energy return time

Renewable energy

Fossil energy sources

Direct current

Global radiation

Base load

Island network


Kilowatt peak (kWp)

Kilowatt hour (kWh)

Communication gateway

Power density

Tenant electricity


Mini PV

Mini solar system

Module string

Module efficiency


Monocrystalline solar module

Angle of inclination

Off grid


Photovoltaic module

Plug-in solar system

Polycrystalline solar module

Low light behavior


Solar module

Solar module for the socket

Solar power storage

Solar inverter

Solar cells

Solar energy

Electricity mix





Alternating current

Wieland power socket


Bidirectional counter

The base load refers to the energy requirement of an energy supply unit, which it needs constantly and constantly. This general basic need for energy can arise in a household, for example, from electricity consumers such as refrigerators, freezers, devices in standby, heating pumps, hot water boilers, telephones and WiFi connections.

In Europe, so-called base-load power plants are operated that produce energy 24 hours a day. These are usually nuclear or coal-fired power plants, whose CO2 emissions have negative consequences for the environment.

To determine your personal base load for your household, you can, for example, read your meter and the time before you go to bed in the evening.

Then write down the meter reading and the time when you get up.

The difference between the two numbers divided by the hours describes the watt consumption per hour. You can then calculate this for 24 hours and 365 days, for example, to determine your annual base load. Calculating by 1000 will then show you your annual base load in kW.


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