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How Solar PV Works

Solar is a low-maintenance and relatively simple technology that can help power your home with an abundant, clean, renewable, price-stable, fuel-free, and carbon-free energy resource! 

Solar photovoltaic (PV) cells convert sunlight into electricity that you can use in your home. Solar panels convert sunlight into direct current (DC) electricity, which is fed to a power inverter.  The inverter converts DC electricity into alternating current (AC) electricity to be used for your household electricity needs. The electricity produced by your solar panels is sent to the electrical outlets and lights all around your home, reducing the amount of electricity you need to buy from your local utility. 

Most solar homes are grid-tied, which allows you to sign a ‘net metering’ agreement with your utility and receive credit for any excess electricity you provide to the grid.