The process of the sun hitting a solar
panel and becoming usable energy is very technical, and can
be hard to understand. The important thing to
understand about owning a solar system, is that nothing will change in your everyday
life. You will use your outlets, air conditioning,
water, etc. the same way you do now. Your solar system will
simply be offsetting your usage by producing energy.
We have provided you with a brief
overview of how the sun's energy is converted to usable
energy for your home:
1.) The sun shines down onto your solar panel. The panel absorbs the sunlight and converts it from solar energy to direct current (DC) electricity.
2.) The DC travels to the inverter; where it is converted into alternating current (AC). This is the electricity used by the utility grid and your household appliances. The
inverter will typically be located in a garage or
3.) The AC travels to your electrical service panel, also known as a breaker box, which is used as an interconnection point.
4.) The power fed to the electrical service panel will be distributed throughout your home or building by the normal electrical wiring and outlets. The green energy produced by your solar panels is free to use, and free from the harmful emissions of fossil fuels!
5.) Whether you are using the power or
not, your solar panels will continue to collect and
store energy from the sun. When your solar system
produces more power than you’re using, the power
will flow through your electric meter to the utility
grid. In some cases you can actually watch your
meter run backwards! Your electric utility company
will credit you for any excess power produced by
your solar system. The credits you earn will offset
the power you use when the sun is not shining.
With a SunPower solar system, you will be
able to monitor the performance and consumption (optional)
of your solar system in real time, from your computer or
iPhone! In the screen shot below, the yellow bars show the hourly production,
and the blue bars show the hourly consumption. You can
view your production/consumption by the day, month, and
Solebury, PA - 8.568 kW System Computer Monitoring, Daily Production View:
Warrington, PA - 6.075 kW System iPhone App Monitoring, Daily Production View: