Explore the Parts Behind the Power

The science behind solar energy was first introduced by Albert Einstein over a hundred years ago.  Continuous advancements in science and technological improvements have refined and enhanced the systems into what we see today.  These advancements make today’s systems more effective and more efficient than ever before.

Here are some of the main components of a PV solar system:

The Sun

Provides free, direct energy in the form of sunlight every day

Solar Array

PV Solar panels collect sunlight and convert it into DC electricity

Mounting/Racking

Equipment designed to securely attach each solar panel to your roof

Ground System

Equipment to securely house solar panels at ground level.

Monitor

Gathers system data and tracks how much your panels produce.

Inverter

Converts DC power from the array to AC power for your home.

Electrical Meter

Utility device for measuring the flow of electricity.

Utility Grid

Network of equipment connecting power consumers to power producers.

The amount of sunlight that shines on the earth in less than one hour can provide enough energy to power the world for an entire year!

 How Light Becomes Power

The intricacies of converting photons to kilowatt hours can be overwhelming.  To keep it simple, here is an overview of how the process generally works:

1) Solar electric photovoltaic modules, commonly known as solar panels, capture and convert that sunlight into Direct Current (DC) electricity.

2) DC electricity is then sent to a device called a PV inverter which converts the DC into AC electricity.

3) AC is the standard electricity that will be routed through the breaker box and used to power your home or business.

4) When your system generates more energy than you use, your excess energy goes out to the grid and is recorded as clean energy produced.

5) Energy produced for the grid will be treated as credits you can use to offset the cost of energy you use from the grid each month.