01. HOW DOES SOLAR ENERGY WORK?

Since our caveman days, humans have been burning things like wood and coal to provide the power we need to “keep the lights on,” so to speak. This whole time the ultimate power generator was literally hanging just above our heads. Today, solar power systems are leading us into a cleaner and more renewable future. Solar panels convert the free and abundant energy of the sun into electricity that can keep refrigerators humming, air conditioners chilling, washing machines whirling, and homes buzzing with power.

02. SOLAR PANELS

The solar panels turn sunlight into direct current (DC) electricity.

03. INVERTER

The inverter converts solar­-generated DC electricity into alternating current (AC) electricity, the form of energy used by most standard household appliances. If your system utilizes micro-inverters, they are located on the roof, under the panels and may not be visible.

04. UTILITY POWER

Your utility company will provide power from the grid at night or on days when your energy demand exceeds your solar production.

05. BI-DIRECTIONAL METER

The bi­directional meter simply allows for you to use electricity from the utility grid when needed (at night time for instance) and send power to the utility company as credits when your solar system is producing more power than you are consuming.

06. PERFORMANCE MONITOR

The performance monitoring system measures and monitors all energy generated by your solar electric system and provides alerts about system performance. Different strokes to move the world. Why do we always come here? I guess well never know. Its like a kind of torture to have to watch the show prison by a military court for a crime.

07. AC DISCONNECT

The AC disconnect is a manual safety switch that can be used to separate the home’s electrical system from the solar electricity system if necessary.

08. SUN SCIENCE – A DEEPER LOOK INTO SOLAR POWER FOR THE HOME

Want to dig a little deeper into how solar energy works? Excellent! We think science is cool too, especially when it results in a lower utility bill at the end of the month. Let’s start with a question. What happens if you leave a handful of crayons outside on a sunny day in July? An hour later, you’ll have some colorful puddles of wax to clean up. As with most materials, the energy of the sun turns into heat. This heat causes the electrons inside the crayons to get excited and do a little dance in place. This movement is what turns your solid coloring tool into a useless puddle. In certain specific materials, the energy of the sun causes the electrons in the material’s atoms to actually “jump”, creating an electrical current, which can be harnessed. This type of material is used to create a photovoltaic cell (photo = light and voltaic = voltage). One of the most popular materials used to make photovoltaic cells is crystalline silicon. This is what the majority of solar panels are made of.

09. CRYSTALLINE SILICON IS OFTEN USED TO GENERATE SOLAR POWER FOR THE HOME DUE TO ITS:

1. High efficiency: Silicon can convert up to 22% of sunlight’s energy into electricity 2. Durability: Silicon solar panels can last up to 50 years 3. Minimal care required: Silicon panels are nearly self-sustaining