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How Does Solar Energy Work (Step By Step)

Solar energy is one of the most common clean energy alternatives provides in California. The solar revolution is here; more and more people decide to upgrade their homes with solar energy systems. The solar investment has significant environmental and financial payoffs. Homeowners and businesses have increased the value of their property and decreased their monthly energy bills. Most of the people know about the solar panels, but they don’t understand how it works. If you are considering upgrading your home or business and embrace a clean energy that creates a healthier environment and a healthier planet with solar panels, here is some information that will help you to understand your future investment.

In the first step, the sunlight hits the solar panel on your roof. The solar panels collect the sunlight, now every solar panel has PV(photovoltaic cells). The photovoltaic cells will absorb the solar energy and convert it to DC electricity when the sunlight hits the panels. Your home works on AC electricity, which means that we can not use the DC electricity to power your home, which leads us to the second step.

In the second step, the solar inverter that usually located in the back of the solar panel will convert the DC electricity from the solar panels to AC electricity that every device and appliance in your home will run on. We usually use microinverters that will be connected to each solar panel, making the entire system more effective.

The third step that your solar panels take is to push the AC energy into the net meter.
The net meter will determine the amount of energy your panels are creating, and the amount of energy you are drawing from the utility system. The flow into the net meter will help you determine how much of your solar energy is going to the utility grid, and you will receive credit from the utility company. If you disconnected your property from the utility system, there would be nothing to monitor.

The fourth step in the process will be to store all that energy that your solar panels created by using a battery bank that connected to the inverters. The charge in the battery will fill up again during the day, and you will use this energy during the night. The size of the battery bank will change depending on the size of your system. The battery bank will store all the energy that your solar panels created until you will be ready to use it.

You have to be careful with where you place the solar panels, if your solar panels don’t get enough light, they will not be able to collect enough energy, and the system won’t be as efficient as possible. That’s why we recommend hiring professionals to do this type of work.

If you need any more information, give us a call at 833-446-6387, and we will be happy to assist you.

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Solar-powered photovoltaic (PV) panels convert the sun’s rays into electricity by exciting electrons in silicon cells using the photons of light from the sun. This electricity can then be used to supply renewable energy to your home or business.

To generate solar energy, the photons radiated from the sun to earth must be collected, converted into a usable format and then delivered to an electronic device or the electric grid. Arrays of photovoltaic cells are normally used to collect the energy from the sun and convert it into electricity.

The Two Types of Solar Energy.
  • Photovoltaic solar technology, which directly converts sunlight into electricity. using panels made of semiconductor cells.
  • Solar thermal technology, which captures the sun’s heat.

Solar panels require sunlight to generate electricity for your home so they do not work in darkness. … Net metering and solar-plus-storage technology allow your solar panel system to access electricity overnight when solar panel production is dormant, either through connection to the electric grid or to a battery.

Photovoltaic panels can use direct or indirect sunlight to generate power, though they are most effective in direct sunlight. Solar panels will still work even when the light is reflected or partially blocked by clouds. Rain actually helps to keep your panels operating efficiently by washing away any dust or dirt.

The general range for a solar battery’s useful lifespan is between 5 and 15 years. If you install a solar battery today, you will likely need to replace it at least once to match the 25 to 30 year lifespan of your PV system.

Solar panels don’t damage your roof when installed properly

For most homeowners, installing solar panels will not result in roof damage as long as your solar installer is a licensed, qualified professional and your roof is in good condition.

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