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How Does Solar Power Work?

Photovoltaic (PV) (or solar electricity) is the process that converts sunlight into electricity. PV modules (some may know them to be solar panels) are comprised of small photovoltaic cells that are all wired together and sealed underneath a tempered glass cover. This panel is wrapped with an aluminum frame to protect the edges of the glass as well as allow for safe mounting. Multiple panels are connected together, creating an “array” of modules. The solar modules create DC (direct current) power. This DC power is converted into standard AC (alternating current) power with an inverter onsite, allowing it to be fed directly into your home to offset your electric bill or back onto the grid.

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How Solar Works

STEP 1

Solar array captures sunlight during daylight hours. This DC electricity is then safely converted to AC electricity.

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The AC electricity feeds into the home’s main electrical panel, where it can be used to power normal household items.

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Excess power created during the day can be sold back to the grid, and is credited to the home’s monthly net energy usage.

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Your utility company will continue to supply energy when the home’s consumption is greater than the solar production (i.e. at night).

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Baker Renewable Energy can monitor your energy production to ensure optimal performance.