How It Works
SOLAR IS SIMPLE
Solar power is reliable and powerful, but the technology behind it is actually quite simple. Here’s how it works:
How Sunshine Powers Your Home
Sunlight hits solar panels installed on a home, where it is harnessed as direct current (DC) electricity. The energy is then funneled to an inverter or micro-inverter, which converts it to AC power, which is what your home runs one. The AC electricity goes to your home’s main electrical service panel, where it is distributed to outlets through the home
The Net Metering Effect
A net meter keeps track of both the power your solar panels are generating and the electricity your home uses. Any solar power your home isn’t using is returned to grid. If at any time cloudy skies prevent your solar panels from generating the electricity your home needs, then you draw power from the grid. At the end of a billing cycle, you receive a credit for any excess net power your home sent to the grid.
START SAVING WITH SOLAR
We wanted to breakdown the process of how solar energy works in the most simplistic of terms as we know potential customers will vary in the stages of research around solar.
Catching Sun Rays
Instead of stepping out and just enjoying the sun rays warm your face, wouldn’t it be great to know they’re generating your energy as well? The sunrays are where the solar process begins. The sun shines down onto our solar electric modules which collect the sunlight and begin converting that into energy.
Turning DC Energy Into AC Energy
After our solar electric modules have captured the sunlight our system will begin its process. The solar system will begin converting the sunlight into something called, “Direct Current” (you might hear people refer to this as “DC Energy”).
That DC Energy is then routed through an inverter which then turns that into “alternating current”. Inverters are a key part of the solar system’s process to making DC energy usable for the home – alternating current (AC). The biggest difference from DC and AC is the flow of electrons. The inverter will cause the electrons to move in multiple directions, whereas at the DC level they only flow one direction.
What Happens with Excess Energy Produced?
Let’s say that one month your new solar energy system has converted and created more AC energy than its used. What happens then? The Lifetime Solar system will then push that excess energy back into the main energy grid and you’ll be eligible for potential rebates. So when the snowy and cloudy Denver weather hits, you can use that excess energy. If you don’t ever have a need to use it though, you might actually get paid by the utility company for the extra energy you’ve provided to the grid.