Solar energy has become increasingly popular in recent years as homeowners look to cut down on their utility bills while investing in this clean and renewable energy source. Solar power is now available in all 50 states with more and more people making the switch. You might already be familiar with some of the benefits of going solar, but how exactly does this technology work? There’s a lot of science behind utilizing the sun’s energy, so let’s break it down to the basics.
The process begins with photovoltaic (PV) panels, which absorb sunlight and then generate an electric current. The energy from this current flows to an inverter, which transforms it from direct current (DC) electricity to alternating current (AC) electricity that most consumers need for their homes. After this conversion to AC power, the electricity is sent to an electrical panel (also called a breaker box) where it can be distributed throughout your home.
You might be wondering what happens to the electricity you don’t use. Good question! Any unused electricity is sent to a utility grid, which is then measured by a utility meter. This utility grid is where you’ll obtain energy at night when your solar system isn’t producing. When your solar system is producing more energy than you’re using, the meter will actually run backward and you are credited for the electricity you aren’t using.
While the science behind solar energy can be very technical, the benefits are easy to understand. The complex process of collecting, converting, and storing the sun’s energy not only decreases your utility bill but ensures that we can all enjoy a cleaner planet.
Purelight Power is here to serve the residents of Des Moines with high-quality solar solutions. Our experts can answer all of your questions if you’re interested in investing in solar energy. Contact us today for a free quote!