How Does A Home Solar Power System Work?

Many people are not aware of what is involved in a solar home. Solar panels are one part, but from there, the power needs to be converted into AC (alternating current) electricity and stored in batteries, such as the undeniably awesome Tesla Powerwall. In this article, we’ll answer the question: How does a home solar power system work?

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How Does A Home Solar Power System Work?

First, photovoltaic (PV) cells convert sunlight to direct current (DC) electricity.

A home’s solar panel is made up of solar cells. Sunlight hits your roof’s solar panels with particles of light, called photons, which are then converted by the solar cells into electrons of direct current electricity.

An inverter converts DC into alternating current (AC) electricity.

The electrons then flow into an inverter, which converts the direct current into alternating current electricity, the type of current used by all your home’s appliances, lights, and electrical devices.

The electrical panel sends power to your, lights, appliances and backup battery.

As your home uses the generated electricity, the surplus being produced is stored until needed, automatically managed by the inverter at times when there is less solar input, such as at night or on cloudy days.

Utility meter measures the energy you draw and feed back to the grid.

Once the backup battery is fully charged, a net energy meter monitors all the power your solar power system produces. Any solar energy that goes unused is then fed back into the electrical grid through this meter.

Solar Panel Installation Made Easy

With solar panels, getting off the grid is easier than you think. Rocknoll can help you with all the details and make your dream of solar energy become reality.

Contact Rocknoll today for a no-obligation consultation.