How does solar work anyway?

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Solar panels are made up of photovoltaic (PV) cells, which convert sunlight into direct current (DC) electricity throughout the day.

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2

An inverter converts the DC electricity generated by the solar panels into the alternating current (AC) electricity.

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3

Usable electricity flows from the panels, and into the net meter. The utility meter measures the energy you draw and feed back to the grid.

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4

Electricity is distributed into your home to power your lights and appliances. If your solar panels don’t produce enough energy for your needs, additional power is drawn from the grid.