How Solar Works
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Every Solar Panel used in the install process are made up of photovoltaic (PV) Cells. When the sunlight hits your solar panels, the PV cells produce “direct current” (DC) electricity.
Convert To Usable Electricity
On the back of each solar panel is a micro-inverter. The Micro-Inverter converts DC electricity into “Alternating Current” (AC) electricity needed to power your home.
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Usable electricity flows from the panels into the net meter. The net meter is just like a standard utility meter, but it measures the electricity you’re drawing from the grid, and the excess electricity your solar panels are producing and sending into the grid.
Use Your Electricity
After flowing through the net meter, electricity is distributed into your home to power items like your refrigerator, air conditioner, and other appliances. If your solar panels don’t produce enough energy for your needs, additional power is drawn from the grid.
SAVING MONEY ON UTILITIES
Saving Money on Utility Bills
One of the most attractive reasons to go solar is that you can drastically reduce — or even completely eliminate — your monthly electric bill. Because you’re harnessing the power of the sun, you’re using an inexhaustible, and free, source of energy instead of paying a utility company for it. The amount you’ll save will depend on how much energy your system produces and how much you consume, but the biggest benefit is a significant decrease in your monthly utilities.
You’ll also avoid increasing electricity rates. Electricity prices can be unpredictable and often increase over time. But because the amount you’ll save with solar power is usually equal to the amount you’ll avoid paying an electricity supplier, you won’t be affected by surging energy prices in your area. When you install a solar panel system, you can lock in your energy costs at a constant rate and make them more predictable.
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Saving Money with Net Metering
A solar panel system is a workhorse, and it can often generate too much electricity compared to using at any given time. Net metering is a billing agreement between you and your utility provider that serves as a solution for that excess energy. It sends your unused electricity back to the grid, giving you credits on your electricity bill in exchange.
During the times when your solar panels aren’t producing enough electricity to meet your energy needs — say, at night — you can tap into those net metering credits to offset your electricity bill. That means that not only are you producing your own energy from your solar installation, but you’re also saving on the electricity you use from your utility provider. Win-win!
All the Ways You Can Save with Solar
A solar installation is a major home improvement project. Still, most homeowners go solar with no money down up front, thanks to all the incentives that decrease the cost of a solar energy system. Whether it’s local or federal rebates, net metering, or a seasonal promotion, there are plenty of ways to help you offset the costs of your installation — and get you closer to a lifetime of free renewable energy. For your custom quote, contact us today.