HOW SOLAR WORKS?

How does energy from the sun, convert into energy for my home? We are so glad that you asked! You see, this is really not rocket science and its all actually quite simple. Here's an easy to follow overview, on how all this solar stuff works. Why? So that you to can be fully informed, start saving money, and begin to enjoy the many other benefits of making the switch to solar.

HOW SOLAR WORKS?

How does energy from the sun, convert into energy for my home? We are so glad that you asked! You see, this is really not rocket science and its all actually quite simple. Here's an easy to follow overview, on how all this solar stuff works. Why? So that you to can be fully informed, start saving money, and begin to enjoy the many other benefits of making the switch to solar.


SOLAR PANELS - Converts energy from the sun to produce power for your home.

We use solar panels made up of photovoltaic (or PV) cells. When the sun reaches your solar panels, the PV cells convert the energy gathered into Direct Current (or DC) electricity, which takes us to Step 2.

INVERTER – Transforms energy into electricity for your home.

It takes the Direct Current (DC) electricity (from Step 1) and converts it into Alternating Current (or AC) electricity, the type of usable electricity needed to power your home.

ELECTRICAL PANEL - Distributes electricity throughout your home.

How? Well, as the usable electricity flows from the panels, and is converted into AC electricity (as discussed in Step 2), it is sent from the inverter to the Electrical Panel (EP). The EP helps to power your air conditioner, computer, refrigerator, lights, you name it… it’s what keeps everything in your home turned ON!

NET METER - Measures consumption of energy in your home and allows for excess solar electricity to flow back to the grid.

A net meter does not tell you how much solar electricity you pushed out to the grid, or how much “regular electricity” you took in from the grid. It actually indicates the difference between the two, or the “net usage.” The cool thing is that your net meter actually runs backwards if you are producing more solar energy than you are using at that point in time. This excess solar energy offsets the energy you use at night.

UTILITY GRID - Provides electricity to your home, when you exceed the amount produced by your solar panels.

As mentioned in Step 4, your home is still connected to the grid and you’ll find that you need that power from the utility company at night. The cost is offset by any excess solar energy you put into the grid during the day. Think of it as a reserve that you’ve set aside, from the sun shining on your panels all day (and yes, even on cloudy days, the panels absorb sunrays) and then being able to use that energy at night. Pretty awesome!

 

High-level on how solar is better for consumers:

Earn credits, pay less

When your excess energy goes to the grid, your utility company issues you a credit, in certain jurisdictions. And that’s how you start lowering energy bills. Those credits offset future consumption like the electricity you use at night.

Get savings from solar

When your excess energy goes to the grid, your utility company issues you a credit, in certain jurisdictions. And that’s how you start lowering energy bills. Those credits offset future consumption like the electricity you use at night.

Help power the neighborhood

If you generate more solar energy than you’re consuming, it gets fed back to the grid and distributed elsewhere. Think about it, your solar energy could be helping power a school, hospital or your next-door neighbor. The impact your solar panels will make are significant and you can play a major role in also helping your neighbors to make the switch to solar.

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