Also called solar modules, solar panels are made up of silicon “cells” that absorb photons (sunlight) to create a photovoltaic (PV) effect that converts sunlight into electricity. A solar array is connected to your home via an inverter, delivering the electricity you need.
A solar inverter is the electrical box that turns direct current (DC) electricity produced by solar panels into alternating current (AC) electricity that you use in your home. Grid-tied solar inverters allow this AC electricity to be sent back to the grid if you produce more energy than you use.
The solar meter monitors the electricity your system produces to ensure it is working well. With Solar Spectrum, you can access your system’s performance online and from your mobile devices, anywhere.
When your solar system generates more electricity than you use, like during the daytime, you receive credit from your utility. This credit is called Net Metering and you may even see your meter run backwards. When you use more electricity than you generate, like at night, you draw it back off the grid and subsequently reduce credits associated with your Net Metering.
The grid is a network of power lines that carries and transmits electricity from power plants to individual homes. Solar Spectrum systems are “grid-tied” (or connected to the grid) so you can still power your house when the sun doesn’t shine and take advantage of available tax incentives and rebat.
Depending on where you live, a local municipality or a large power producer sends power to you via the grid. If, at the end of the year, you’ve produced more power than you used, some utilities will compensate you for this extra power. Contact your utility for information about its net metering or solar bank program.