Solar 101 Simplified: Your Comprehensive Solar Knowledge Resource

Solar panels convert sunlight into energy that can be used to power your home. Residential solar systems are based on a proven technology that recent advances have made dramatically more efficient and affordable. There are four main elements of a solar system, two of which are already part of your home.

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  • 1


    Converts sunlight into
    Direct Current electricity.

  • 2


    Converts DC to AC electricity,
    making it usable in your home.

  • 3

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    Converted energy will then support
    the electrical needs of your home.

  • 4

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    Excess power produced flows into
    grid, your account is credited

Understanding Solar Power

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Solar Panel

Solar power is based on a technology called photovoltaic (PV) cells. Solar panels are made up of many PV cells. They generate electricity by absorbing sunlight.

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Energy Conversion

Solar panels turn energy from the sun into a type of electricity called Direct Current (DC). The DC current is sent to a Solar Inverter, which turns it into Alternating Current (AC), which is used to power your home.

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Home Interface

AC electricity is sent to power your home through a connection installed between your main electrical panel and your new solar system.

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Net Metering

Solar systems are also connected to your electric meter. It measures the electricity your solar system sends to the grid, and that your home draws from it.

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Solar Qualifications

Review the home solar readiness guidelines to see if you qualify.

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Solar Power FAQs

See answers to the questions homeowners ask when considering residential solar panels.

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Solar Resources

Review information from solar industry organizations on terminology, regulations and incentives.

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Solar Cost Breakdown

Learn about installation, financing options and how you can save on utilities.

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Savings Potential

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