Solar Explained

Like a lot of good things, solar is simple.

 

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  1. Solar Panels
    Solar panels are installed on your roof or a nearby structure. These panels are made up of photovoltaic cells, which convert sunlight into DC electricity.

  2. Inverter
    The DC power from the solar panels is sent to an inverter, where it is converted into AC power, the standard electrical current used to power your home.

  3. Electrical Panel
    AC power travels from the inverter to the electrical cabinet, often called a breaker box. This power is then available to service all of your electrical needs.

  4. Utility Meter
    The utility meter continually measures your electrical supply; when your solar system produces more power than you need, the meter literally spins backwards, accumulating credits with the utility company that will offset your future bill. This is called “net metering”.

  5. Utility Grid
    Your home remains connected to the utility grid to supply you with electricity when you need more power than your system is producing, such as at night.

  6. Continuous Energy Production Monitoring
    The Microgrid monitoring system continually measures your home’s electricity usage. With a clear picture of your electricity patterns and recommendations from Microgrid, you can better manage your energy consumption and reduce utility costs.