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Solar power allows us to harness the energy from the sun and turn it into electricity to power our homes.

So how exactly do solar panels produce energy?

  • Sunlight hits the solar panels
  • The energy then flows from the panels to the inverter, which turns the electricity into a useable current for your home appliances
  • The electricity is available to use in your home

If your panels produce any excess energy that you don’t use, that electricity will flow out to the utility grid. Making it possible for your neighbors to use that extra energy. Your meter tracks the energy you use and produce, so if there is any excess electricity left over you will receive credits for it from your utility company.

What Are the Basic Components of a Solar System?

There are four basic components in residential solar PV systems:

  • Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels  – PV panels collect energy from the sun and create electricity
  • Inverters – inverters switch the electrical current to one we can use for our appliances
  • Racking & mounting system (not shown) – most homeowners have their panels mounted directly to their roof, and the panels do not move during the day.
  • Energy meter & monitoring system – homes with solar power have special meters that measure the energy they produce and consume.The performance monitoring system allows you to track the panels’ energy output and any changes in system performance, and also tracks how much energy is fed out from and into the grid.

How do Solar Panels Work?

Panels are able to harness energy from the sun through a unique property of the element silicon. Solar panels are made of silicon cells, and silicon can create an electric charge when it’s hit by sunlight. The electric charge that’s created is turned into an electric current inside of the panels. That current then flows into an inverter, which generates the type of electric current we use in our homes. Through this process the energy from the sun is converted into useable electricity!

How is the System Installed?

Once you’ve made the decision to switch to solar, your qualified installer will conduct a site visit to determine the layout and size of your system. The actual installation process can be between a few hours to a couple of days.

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