26 Dec '11, 5pm

Need a better understanding of how #solar systems work? Look at our explanation

Need a better understanding of how #solar systems work? Look at our explanation

Solar Panels Solar panels, or solar modules as they are sometimes called, are typically installed on the roof. These panels are made up of photovoltaic (PV) cells, which convert sunlight into direct current (DC) power. Inverter The DC power from the solar panels is sent to an inverter, where it is converted into alternating current (AC) power, or standard electrical current used your home. Video on How Solar Works Electrical Panel AC power travels from the inverter to the electrical panel, often called a breaker box. This power is now ready to use in your home. Utility Meter The utility meter continually measures your electrical supply; when your solar system produces more power than you need, the meter literally spins backwards, accumulating credits with the utility company that will offset your next bill. Utility Grid Your home remains connected to the utility grid to su...

Full article: http://www.solarcity.com/residential/how-solar-works.aspx

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