26 Oct '11, 7pm

Solar Energy Systems and Batteries

Many people mistakenly think that all solar energy systems require batteries to provide you with electricity. The truth is that the majority of both residential and commercial solar installs are "grid tied" meaning power lines are still utilized to transfer power into your home or business. Adding solar panels to your roof creates a power plant that serves as your primary power source. But at night, when the sun goes down, the solar panels do not produce power and an alternative source of power is needed. This is where the power company comes in. During the day when the sun is shining bright the solar panels on your home or business are absorbing energy from the sun, converting it to power, and sending it wherever power is needed. If you turn on your coffee maker in the morning as you wake up with the sunrise, your solar panels will send power into your home to provide you...

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