How Does Solar Energy Work?

1. Solar Panels Harvest the Sun’s Energy

As sunlight hits the photovoltaic cells, electrons jump creating a flow of DC power. Panels are linked together to form strings that create solar energy.

2. Solar Energy is converted into something you can use!

The DC energy travels to an inverter (either a Micro Inverter – located on each individual panel or a String Inverter – usually located in your garage, basement or exterior wall). Here,the direct current is chopped up into alternating current (AC) that you can use in your home.

3. Lights On, Lights Off

Once the DC power is inverted to AC, it energizes your electrical system feeding any appliances, devices or lights you have on. When the lights are off and you are not at home, power is fed back to the utility spinning your meter backwards. Our customers like to call that ‘the giggle factor’.

4. The power finds a new home

The power that is fed back through your panel,spinning your meter backwards leaves through the utility lines and travels to a home nearby requiring power. Not only do you get credit for the power that leaves but your clean energy helps meet power needs elsewhere on the grid!

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