How Solar Power Works
1. SOLAR PANELS
Inverters convert the DC electricity into Alternating Current (AC) electricity.
3. SWITCH BOARD
The AC electricity is then sent to the breaker box and harnessed to power your home or business.
4. UTILITY METER
Any excess energy created by your solar energy system will flow into the utility grid through the meter.
5. THE GRID
Interconnected network providing electricity to your property when demand exceeds solar production.
A tracking system which allows 24/7 monitoring of your home or business's energy production.
Going solar doesn’t mean going off the grid. You stay connected to the utility company through a two-way meter that the solar company installs. That lets you buy juice as needed. When panels produce excess wattage, it goes back into the grid, and you’re credited for that amount. "Though you could eliminate your electricity bill, the typical residential installation yields 75% to 90% of the household’s power needs," says George Castillo of Green Solar Technologies, a full-service solar company.
There’s enough sun in every continental state to turn a roof into a power plant. But what makes the solar math work is a combination of high electricity rates and financial incentives in the way of federal, state, and utility company. We can determine your savings based on your address, local electricity rates, and even your home’s orientation.
Your Solar Impact
Few power-generation technologies have as positive an impact on the environment as solar power. It quietly generates electricity from sunlight and produces no air pollution or hazardous waste.