How Does Solar Work

While solar power has been around for decades, it has become far more efficient in recent years. The technology keeps advancing, so the panels you can fit on your roof generate even more electricity. And as the use of solar expands quickly worldwide, the cost of the equipment continues to fall.

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Solar “photovoltaic” or PV panels convert sunlight to electricity. Sunlight causes the electrons in the panels’ silicon cells to release energy that becomes direct current (DC) electricity. The more panels you can install, the more power you will generate.

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An inverter is a small device we install in your home that converts the DC power into AC or alternating current – the kind of power we use in our homes.

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Your house uses the electricity you produce, your home remains connected to the grid, and power flows to and from your house automatically. Solar battery options are available to store the power you generate at your home.

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We install a monitoring system that allows you to watch your power generation in real time – even from your cell phone. The electric meter on the side of your house will actually go backwards when you are pushing power out to the grid!

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You save money by generating your own power, you can sell the excess power back into the grid. If you purchase your solar panels, then you own the SRECs you generate. Click to learn more about how SRECs work.

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