How Solar Works

How Solar Works

Solar power systems are fairly simple systems without any moving parts. They are modular, quick to install, and require little to no maintenance. Below is a list of the primary components that make up a solar power system:

  1. Solar Modules (or Panels): Placed on your roof (above) or configured as a ground mount, the modules collect sunlight to make DC (Direct Current) Electricity.
    • The panels must have access to sunlight, so one of the first steps of your consultation for a home or business will be to determine if there are trees or structures that would cast shade on a solar system.
    • Most modules come with a 25-year manufacturer warranty, so you don’t have to worry about the technology–it is guaranteed to perform for at least 25 years!
  2. Inverters (Shown in the garage above): Take the DC electricity from the panels and converts it into the AC electricity that your home uses. The inverters are tied directly to your electrical panel to power your home.
    • Your inverter, usually located in your basement or garage, will tell you how much power is being produced by your solar system.
    • Inverters typically come with a 10-year warranty.
  3. Utility Meter (Outside wall): If you are generating more power than you use, the excess electricity flows through the meter back to the utility as a credit on your account–spinning your meter backwards. At times, like at night, when you might be using more than your system is producing, you will still pull electricity from the utility through your meter.

If you ever have a question about any component of your system, we are always only a phone call away.

Solar FAQs

Q. Aren’t solar power systems expensive?

A. They used to be. But now, with state and federal incentives, as well as innovative financing programs, solar is not only the least expensive energy option, but it actually pays for itself in savings as well as through the additional income your system will generate for you!

Q. Will it work with my home or business?

A. To work, solar power systems require direct access to the sun. Any obstructions will limit their productivity and energy output. Our trained solar consultants will provide a detailed analysis to determine if your home or business is a good candidate for a solar power system.

Q. Does the electricity generated by my solar power system work differently?

A. No. You won’t notice any difference. The electricity generated by your system is connected seamlessly into your existing electrical panel, and is sent back to the utility grid when you generate more than you use.

Q. Will I still need my utility?

A. Yes, typically. Remember, solar works when the sun is out. So that’s when your system will generate electricity: during peak hours of demand. But your utility will continue to supply your electricity at night, and at other times when you are using more electricity than you are generating.

Q. How large a system do I need?

A. System sizes are based on the available roof space and the amount of electricity you require. Because state incentives are NOT available for systems that exceed 100% of your energy needs, an analysis of your electric bill is the first step.