How Solar Works
1. Solar Panels
Solar panels absorb then convert sunlight into DC electricity that flows to an inverter.
Inverters convert the direct current (DC) power into alternating (AC)
3. Switch Board
The alternating current (AC) electricity is then sent to the breaker box , harnessed, and then used to power your home or business.
4. Utility Meter
Any excess energy created by your solar system will flow into the utility grid through the meter.
State and national infrastructure that provides power to your home and business when demand exceeds solar production.
A monitoring system can monitor your homes solar cells efficiency from.
Going solar doesn’t mean going off the grid. You stay connected to the electric company via a two-way meter 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 the amount. Though you could eliminate your electric 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 electric rates and financial incentives from your state and utility. Get a sense of your savings based on your address, local electric rates, and even your home’s orientation.
Your Solar Impact
Few power-generation technologies have as positive an impact on the environment as solar electric power. It quietly generates electricity from sunlight and produces no air pollution or hazardous waste.