How Solar Works.
Solar panels that convert light into electricity are called photovoltaics (PV).
When the sun shines, the sun light is captured and the electricity travels from the solar panels through the wires into an inverter. An inverter converts the type of electricity produced by the panels into the type of power your house will utilize.
Solar Panels at Night
Then at night when your panels are not generating electricity, you will continue to get electricity form your local utility. But during the day time you solar panels can produce more power then you consume, feeding power into the utility grid, supplying clean electricity to your community and “spinning the meter backwards”. You will always use your new solar electricity first and that will power any lights, appliances, or any equipment that you happen to be using in your home or building before taking any electricity from the utility company.
You will only pay for the net usage. What this means is that you will only pay the difference between the amount you take from the utility company and the amount you give back. Depending on the size of your system and your usage, the electricity you produce may cover all or most of your overall electric bill. This occurs when you are a “grid-tied” system meaning you are connected to the grid as both a user and a producer.
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