How does solar energy work?

Just how does sunshine become electricity? Here’s an overview of the solar energy facts, the process, and the equipment that can help you generate your own clean, more affordable energy.

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comm_howitworks-1  Solar Panels

The solar panels are made up of photovoltaic (PV) cells, which convert sunlight into direct current (DC) electricity throughout the day.

comm_howitworks-4Utility Meter

The utility meter measures your energy use. It actually goes backward when your system generates more power than you immediately need. This excess solar energy offsets the energy you use at night.

comm_howitworks-2Inverter

This device converts the DC electricity generated by the solar panels into the alternating current (AC) electricity.

comm_howitworks-5Utility Grid

Your business is still connected to the grid. You’ll need that power from the utility company at night, but don’t worry. The cost is offset by any excess solar energy you put into the grid during the day.

comm_howitworks-3Electrical Panel

The AC electricity is sent from the inverter to your electrical panel to power your lights and appliances with solar energy. The electrical panel is often called a “breaker box”.