How Solar WorksWhen people refer to solar electricity, most often they are referring to a “grid-tied” system, which means it is tied in where your home connects to your utility electrical grid. During peak hours, electricity generated from the solar panels helps offset peak charges during the day. For the energy you don’t use, you are able to build credit off your next utility bill.
Solar panels are made up of crystalline photovoltaic (PV) cells, which convert sunlight into DC (direct current) power. For your home to be able to use the electricity, the power must be converted into AC (alternating current) power. The DC power is sent from the solar panels through an AC inverter and then into the electrical panel, or breaker box, enabling it to power your home.
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- Solar Panels
Sunlight hits the panels and it is converted to clear electricity.
Electricity generated is called DC which is then converted to AC via the inverter connected to your panels.
- Electrical Panel
The AC power now travels from the inverter into the electrical panel (breaker box). It can now power your house.
- Household Electricity
During peak hours, your own power can help offset peak charges during the day.
Meters register the amount of electricity that's been produced. If you produce more electrify than you need, the meter literally spins backwards crediting you that will help offset your next bill.
- Utility Grid
Your home is still connected to the utility grid to supply you power when you use more than you produce.