How do solar panels produce energy for my home?

How Solar Works

Solar Panels

Inverter

Main Electric Service Panel

Net Meter

Utility Grid

Solar Battery

1. Solar Panels

Solar panels are made of photovoltaic cells that capture and absorb the rays of the sun into direct current electricity (DC). As long as these rays are hitting your roof, cloudy or not, your panels are producing DC electricity. Learn more here.

2. Inverter

The inverter takes the DC electricity produced by your solar panels and turns it into alternating current electricity (AC). AC is needed to run the everyday appliances in your home like the fridge or TV.

3. Main Electric Service Panel

Solar electricity from your inverter flows to the electrical panel, and then into to your home where it powers your lights and appliances. Or, if you generate more solar energy than you use, it flows into the utility grid and while you rake in credits.

4. Net Meter

Speaking of credits, the net meter measures the amount of electricity you draw from the grid, and how much excess solar electricity you push into it. So, when you produce more than you use, you get credits from the utility company.

5. Utility Grid

Whenever you produce extra, the utility grid is there so other people can use cleaner power. Whenever your system doesn’t produce enough, the utility grid is always there to make sure you have power.

6. Solar Battery

Solar batteries are charged and stores power by your solar system so you can use it in time of need. They not only help you maximize savings but is the ultimate way to be off the grid. Batteries are optional with a solar installation.

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