Solar 101: How Solar Works

One of the most common questions we get is how does solar work? The way a solar system works is fairly simple. The solar panels absorb the power from the sun and that power is then converted into energy that you can use to power your home. The components needed to complete this process are solar panels, an inverter, a safety disconnect, a main service panel, an electric meter, and a battery (optional). All of these components work seamlessly together to absorb the energy from the sun and power your home!

  1. Solar Panels – Solar panels capture the sun’s rays throughout the day. Panels convert sunlight into Direct Current (DC) electricity.
  2. Inverter – The inverter receives the DC electricity and converts it into AC (Alternating Current) electricity suitable for household use.
  3. Safety Disconnect – The electricity then passes through a Safety Disconnect.
  4. Main Service Panel – The main service panel distributes the electricity to the individual circuits in your home.
  5. Electric Meter – (Utility Gird-Tied/Hybrid) Excess electricity is sent back to the utility company, giving you kWH credits in exchange.
  6. Battery (optional) – Excess electricity is sent to your batteries to charge them to capacity.

Solar systems are a clean and efficient way to produce your own power. It’s a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and bring down your energy bill. One of the many perks of a solar system is that once it is installed you are able to set it and forget it! There is no maintenance that you need to perform on it to keep it running. You just get to reap the benefits of going solar. If you have any questions about how solar works you can contact us here or if you are ready to make the switch to solar you can request a free quote here!