How does solar energy work? Here’s 10 things you should know.

Photovoltaic (PV) systems, often called ‘solar panel systems,’ ‘solar energy systems,’ or ‘solar power systems’ do 1 thing: they convert sunlight into electricity that can be used to power your home, business, car or even some appliances.




How solar works


1. Solar is a great way to save money on electricity, regardless of your budget.

If you can afford to pay your utility bills every month then you can afford to go solar. With $0 down financing and low monthly payments, you can start saving from day one.


2. Solar is a great investment.

Investing in your future by going solar can deliver better returns than the stock market. With rebates and financial incentives at or near all time highs, there won’t be a better time to invest in solar than right now.


3. Solar panel systems have been around a while.

Solar panel systems were invented in 1954 by scientists at Bell Labs. They are a well-proven technology that have been installed on over 1 million U.S. homes today.


4. Solar panels are extremely durable.

Solar panels are made of tempered glass and are designed to withstand hail, snow, rain, and high winds. They will also protect your roof, extending its life-expectancy dramatically.


5. Solar panels come with a 25-year warranty.

Most manufacturers offer a 25-year power production guarantee that states that their panels will continue to produce a certain amount of energy (usually 80%) relative to their original capacity.


6. Solar panel systems are generally maintenance free.

Besides being incredibly durable, solar panels are often times maintenance free. They have no moving parts to repair or replace, and they don’t need even to be cleaned as long as it rains a few times each year.


7. Solar can be installed just about anywhere in the U.S.

Most places in the U.S. get enough sunlight to justify going solar. The most important things to consider are the rates you’re currently paying for electricity and the rebates and incentives that are available to you.


8. Solar panel systems are tied to the electric grid and don’t require battery storage solutions.

When you go solar, you will remain connected to the electric grid as a way to balance the times when your system produces more electricity than you need, and when your panels are under-producing, or not producing at all, such as at night. Rather than a costly battery storage solution, your excess energy will be sent to and “stored” in the grid, to be used later when you need it


9. Solar panel systems can eliminate most of your electric bill.

With the right planning, your solar panels can generate enough electricity to meet your energy needs over a 12-month period. As long as you have enough roof space to install the right number of panels, you will earn credits for your extra electricity which will offset some, if not all of your electric bill.


10. Solar panels can be installed practically anywhere on your property.

Solar panels are often installed on a home or business owner’s rooftop, but you can install panels anywhere on your property that receive enough sunlight. Since the U.S. is in the northern hemisphere, you will want your panels to face the south if possible, however, east/west configurations are also effective.