Solar Electricity is also known as Photovoltaics or “PV” for short. PV systems provide electricity for buildings such as homes, offices, factories, and utilities through panels that can be mounted on the ground or on rooftops.
How it Works:
- Sunlight strikes the PV module and produces a flow of electrons that the system converts into Direct Current (DC) electricity, which is the same form of electricity produced by batteries.
- Your home runs off AC electricity, or Alternating Current. To convert the DC electricity from the panels to the AC electricity for your home, we install an inverter (see the diagram). The inverter is usually installed as close as possible to your breaker box but can sometimes be installed outside.
- The inverter is then wired to a new breaker in your panel that feeds electricity into your home (rather than pulling energy directly from the grid).
- During the day, this will cause your utility meter to slow down or spin backwards. Now the solar panels are supplying electricity to your house and not the utility grid.
- Oregon’s net metering law allows you to pay the net difference between how much energy you produce and how much energy you use in one month. We size our systems to provide close to 100% of your electric use in order to cancel out utility bills.
Sunlight Solar Energy is certified to install solar electric systems in homes and businesses in the following states: Connecticut, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Oregon. Schedule a free site survey and learn about the solar incentives available in your state.