How Solar Electricity Works

 

 

A - Solar Panels

Solar panels, or solar electric modules as they are sometimes called, are typically installed on the roof. These solar panels are made up of photovoltaic (PV) cells, which convert sunlight into direct current (DC) power.

B - Inverter

The DC power from the solar panels is sent to an inverter, where it is converted into alternating current (AC) power, or standard electrical current used by your home.

C - Solar Electric Monitoring

Allows you to continuously monitor renewable energy production and makes sure your solar electric system is running smoothly. If production levels drop below normal, the Production Monitoring package is located inside the inverter box.

D - Electrical Panel

AC power travels from the inverter to the electrical panel, often called a breaker box. This power is now ready to use in your home.

E - Utility Meter

The utility meter continually measures your electrical supply; when your solar electric system produces more power than you need, the meter literally spins backwards, accumulating credits with the utility company that will offset your next bill.

F - Utility Grid

Your home remains connected to the utility grid to supply you with electricity when you need more power than your solar electric system has produced, such as at night.