Solar panels are made of photovoltaic (PV) cells which convert sunlight into Direct Current (DC) electricity that flows to an inverter..
The inverter creates AC electricity. Inverters convert the direct current (DC) electricity into Alternating Current (AC) electricity -the type of power that can be used within your home.
Reduces electricity costs without eliminating accessibility.
Whenever solar energy is available, your home will use this converted energy to power your home. When solar energy is not available, you will still have access to traditional electrical usage. Any excess electricity produced by your panels will be delivered back to the grid for a credit.
Of course, this is as a brief simplification of what really happens with your solar power unit–but in laymen’s terms, this is how it happens.
How consistent is solar power?
Since a solar power system relies entirely on sun exposure (and stored energy within the unit) how much energy it is providing will depend largely on the time of day, as well as the climate you live and the natural sun exposure on your home.
Peak solar energy production will happen the sun is at it’s peak hours, normally from 11 am – 2 pm. Energy not used during that time will be stored for later usage (such as in the evening). Any retained solar that is not used will be returned to the grid and can be sold for Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SERCs).
Is solar right for your home?
Not all roofing or structures are suitable for solar panels; they require a certain amount of surface area facing the sun to be effective.
A professional solar panel installer will be able to determine whether or not solar panels are a feasible energy solution for your home.