We've made the process of converting the sun's rays into electricity easier to understand.
- Sun rays, also known as photons, shine on to your solar panels. These panels convert the rays into Direct Current electricity (DC).
- A solar inverter then changes that DC electricity into Alternating Current electricity (AC). This is the type of electricity used to power your home.
- This electricity then travels from the solar inverter to your electrical breaker box and is consumed at your home when ever you need it.
- When your solar energy system produces more electricity than you consume, the excess power is sent to the grid for others to use. Your meter spins backwards giving you credit.
- When the sun is down and your system is not producing electricity, your meter will spin forward. The difference between the electricity you produce and the electricity you consume is called net metering, and it determines your new electrical bill.