How Solar Works

August 14, 2018

Prior to starting the process of having a residential solar energy system installed in your home, it’s essential that you understand how it works. This way, you’ll understand exactly what you’re getting and how you can best use the system.

What is Solar Power?

Solar power is energy that is created by the sunlight. The power is harnessed through a system of solar photovoltaics (solar PV), that turns sunlight into electrical energy. Solar PV is used in solar panels, which are connected to a home's or building’s electrical system

 

How Does it Work?

Solar panels get their energy from the photovoltaic effect, which causes photons (light particles) to bring electrons to a higher state of energy. This allows them to carry an electrical current. Solar panels are made from solar cells that contain photovoltaic materials. The solar panels are wired together and connected to an inverter, the inverter changes the direct current (DC) current to the alternating current (AC) power supplied by electric companies. This AC power goes through the wires and into a net meter to be distributed throughout the building.

How Do you Know if Solar will Benefit You?

 Every house is different and the sun shines differently all over the country. The best way to check though is to first check the direction your roof is facing. South is by bar the best, followed by West, East, with the worst being North. After identifying the best facing roof check at different times of the day to see how much sun hits your roof. The average direct sun hours for a qualifying home is only 2.5 hours so if you think you get that then it’s time to go solar!

 

To discover the savings that solar power can produce for your home, reach out Jay@BrightWorldSolarcom You can also

 

complete the Free quote request on our quote tabe, or at www.BrightWorldSolar.com/quote

 

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