How Solar Works

Solar takes advantage of a free and powerful energy source – the sun. In a single hour, the sun transmits more energy to the earth’s surface than the world uses in a year.

Solar converts this energy into electricity, making it a simple, clean and cost-effective way to power our lives. It’s dependable, too – because unlike fossil fuels, the sun’s energy is unlimited.Just imagine what that could do for your wallet and the environment.

What are Solar Panels?

Placed on roofs or on the ground, solar panels capture the sunlight and convert it into electricity. Solar works based on light rather than heat. It’s true that the light the panels receive; the more electricity they can generate. But they still work on cloudy days – just as a solar-powered calculator does. Their full name is solar photovoltaic panels, or PV. (“Photo” means “light” and “volts” means electricity.)

How Does Solar Work?

  • The sun provides free, direct energy in the form of sunlight every day
  • The Solar panels capture the sunlight during the day and converts it into Direct Current (DC) electricity
  • The inverter receives that Direct Current (DC) from the panels and converts it into Alternate Current (AC) power for your home or business.
  • The utility meter measures your electricity consumption and when the solar energy system produces more electricity than is needed during peak sun hours, excess electricity is sent to the utility grid.
  • Power is drawn from the grid if you need additional power more than what your solar panel system can produce.