How Solar Works
When Clean Solar installs a solar system on your house, you are saving money by using the clean and limitless energy of the sun. You also know that the equipment installed in your home is high-quality and top-of-the-line, so you do not have to worry about how your new solar system is functioning.
For many people, seeing the difference in their electric bill is all they need to know. However, wouldn’t it be nice to know how all the different parts of the system work together to power your home and save you all that money?
Solar Panels and Photovoltaic Cells and the Inverter
When sunlight hits the solar panels on the roof of your home, the light is absorbed by the photovoltaic cells, which generates direct current energy, or DC power. After the solar system generates power, it passes through a part of the system called an inverter.
The inverter ensures that the power is converted from DC power to AC power, 110 volts, which is used in your house to power your appliances, lights, televisions, and anything else that runs on electricity.
Battery Storage Saves Power for When the Sun Goes Down
If you have a battery storage device added to your system, the extra generated power is stored in the battery for usage during peak Time of Use rate windows, evening hours or when power to your local grid is lost. Once the energy needs of the house have been met and the battery filled, then solar generated power is fed back through the power grid for you to use at another time, Net Energy Metering (NEM). This adds additional power to the grid to be used by other homes and businesses.
Energy Storage and Net Energy Metering Offsets the Cost of the Electricity You Use at Night
One of the aspects of having a solar system is called Net Metering. Net Metering is when your system, connected to your home’s electrical meter, generates more power than it needs, so it feeds the excess power back through the grid. We design your solar system so that, with Net Energy Metering, you get credited for the power you supply back to the grid. That credit will offset the cost of the electricity you use at night, potentially to 100%.
Access to Energy in a Blackout, only available with Energy Storage
It is important to know that when families lose access to electricity in their homes due to a power failure, the power grid becomes unavailable to solar clients as well. Your home loses power even with the solar system on the house, unless you have an energy storage system. Power outages are when the battery storage shows its most significant benefit. With a battery storage system, power is stored during the day for you to use when the sun goes down or even when the power goes out.