Solar Panels offer a cost-efficient, green way to power your home. Many Americans today are turning to solar to help eliminate their reliance on fossil fuels and start generating electricity with the power of the sun, all while cutting down on their monthly utility bills.
A solar panel works by allowing photons, or particles of light, to nudge electrons free from atoms, generating a flow of electricity. Many, smaller units called photovoltaic cells comprise one solar panel. (Photovoltaic simply means they convert sunlight into electricity.) This converts sunlight into DC electricity.
The inverter takes the DC electricity from the solar panels and turns it into alternating current or “AC” power. AC power is the type of electricity that your television, computer, and toasters use when plugged into the wall outlet.
A meter keeps track of the all the power your solar panel system produces. Any solar energy that you don’t use immediately will go back into the grid through the meter. Then at night or on cloudy days, that extra solar juice is credited back to your bill.