How Does Solar Energy Work?

Solar energy is the cleanest, greenest energy source available and it can offset tons of carbon emissions. But how do you collect sunshine and turn it into a source of energy? It's a four-step process that is dependent on solar panels and converting a direct current (DC) into an alternating current (AC). Once the current conversion occurs, the electricity can then flow into a home meter.

Here's exactly how it works:

Step 1: Solar panels absorb sunlight

Solar panels are essentially silicon covered by glass. When the sun's rays hit the silicon, it creates raw electricity that must be converted for use at home.

Step 2: Raw energy converts to electricity

Raw electricity is converted using a power inverter. The raw electricity from is called direct current (DC), and the inverter takes this energy and converts it into alternating current (AC). This is what your home uses.

Step 3: Electricity flows through the meter

Now the electricity flows through the meter. During the day, excess energy goes out to the grid. During the night, energy used in your home comes from the grid; this process is called metering.

Step 4: Your home is powered by clean, renewable energy!

Congratulations! Your home is now running in cleaner, greener energy, and you're saving money in the process, too. Look forward to years of peace of mind knowing you're making a positive impact on the earth—and your wallet!