Going solar is great! But have you ever wondered how solar power works?
There are 5 main parts of a solar energy system: solar panels, an inverter, an electrical breaker box, an electricity meter, and the utility grid.
The solar panels absorb the sun’s energy through photons. The energy created by the panels is called Direct Current (DC) electricity. The DC electricity moves to the inverter, and the inverter converts the DC electricity to Alternating Current (AC) electricity. AC electricity is what is used to power your home.
Once your home is powered, the leftover electricity moves to the main electrical breaker box. The electricity then flows through the utility meter. The meter measures how much energy is being consumed by your home, and how much energy is being produced by your solar system. After is passes through the meter, the electricity flows back to the utility grid to be used by your neighbors. Or, if you have a battery, the electricity is moved there and stored to be used later.
The ins and outs of solar power are fascinating! If you are considering switching to solar, get in touch today. SunHarvest Solar is happy to help you transition to a greener and cheaper source of energy - the sun!