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Solar 101

What is Solar Photovoltaic Energy?

A solar energy system generates electricity through the use of photovoltaic (PV) technology. PV turns the sun's light energy into electrical energy.

Electrons are all the same; the electricity generated by a solar energy system works just the same as electricity delivered by the local utility company. After passing through a component called an inverter, the direct current (DC) electricity generated by the solar panels is converted to alternating current (AC), the type of electricity that you access through the outlets in your home.

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How does Solar Power Work?

  • The solar panels are made up of tiny cells made up of treated silicon - each one collects solar radiation and converts it into an electrical current.
  • These panels are wired together in a series to create an array and the electrical output from that array travels through wires and a conduit to an inverter typically located near your breaker box.
  • The inverter converts the electrical current called "Direct Current" or DC into "Alternating Current" or AC which is used to run TVs, appliances, computers, etc.
  • BAM! You’ve got solar electric production right on your roof.

So instead of the sun's energy just bouncing off the roof of your house, you're actually harnessing it to safely and quietly generate energy. How cool, or hot is that?

Additional Solar Power Benefits

  • Any power that you don't use from your solar electric system literally spins your meter backwards, and you receive a credit from your utility company. This is called "net metering".
  • The renewable energy credits (REC’s) can be applied at retail rates, and in the middle of the day that means your credits stack up quickly. You then draw the power at night when rates are low. What a deal! This is called "time of use" metering.
  • Further, in most states, the more power you use, the more you are charged based on your tiered usage. Solar helps by eliminating your usage in the high tiers and thus brings down your bills by shaving off the expensive power first. This is called tier shaving and is a part of the Smart Grid System coming soon.
  • Lastly, electric rates have historically gone up at a higher rate than inflation over time. So the ability to fix your long term cost of energy yields a higher return on your investment over time. So why not fix your electricity while you can?

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