How Solar Works
Solar energy system components work with clean energy from the sun to power your home.
- Solar Inverter: Household wall outlets and appliances are unable to use the DC power generated by solar panels so the DC power is sent to an inverter where it is converted into alternating current (AC) power, or standard electric current used to power your home.
- Breaker Box: The AC power is sent from the inverter to the Circuit Breaker Panel or Breaker Box where it can service the electrical needs of your home.
- Utility Meter: The utility meter outside of your home monitors how much energy you are using, allowing you to earn credit from your utility company for any excess energy generated and not used. Solar produces the most electricity during the late afternoon when demand is highest. Electric utilities will often pay you a premium for the excess energy your solar system produces during this time of day. When your solar energy system produces more power than you need, the meter actually spins backwards. The energy generated by your system, but not used by your home, is sent to the electrical grid for use by others.
- Utility Grid: Your home remains connected to the utility grid to supply you with electricity when you need more power than your solar system has produced, such as at night.