How Solar Works

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In simple terms, a solar electric system takes rays of light from the sun and converts them into usable electric energy (photovoltaic power) that you can use to power your home.

Panels

Your solar panels collect the sun’s rays and convert them into direct current (DC) electricity.

inverter

The DC electricity flows into an inverter where it’s converted into usable alternating current (AC) electricity.

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The AC electricity enters your electrical panel where it can then be used to power your home.

Energy credits

Any excess electricity your solar system produces is fed back into the utility grid, spinning your meter backward. You will then receive credit for this excess electricity with net-metering, and this credit will show on your electric bill, reducing what you owe. With a solar electric system you will be your own energy supplier!

The size of your solar electric system depends on a variety of factors including your current energy usage, your budget, how much electricity you want to offset and the structure of your home. All of these are taken into account when planning and designing your system. Solar electric systems require minimal maintenance and have a typical lifespan of 25-30 years.

 

 

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