How does solar work?

Your solar installation

  1. 1

    Solar panels

    Solar panels are made up of photovoltaic (PV) cells, which convert sunlight into direct current (DC) electricity.

  2. 2


    An inverter converts the DC electricity generated by solar panels into the alternating current (AC) electricity used in most homes.

  3. 3

    Monitoring system

    A monitoring system sends information about your solar installation, including the amount of energy it generates, to your solar provider, to maintain optimal system performance.

  4. 4

    Utility grid

    Your solar system is still connected to a local utility grid to provide power after sundown. Connection to the grid also allows your solar system to return to the grid any excess clean energy your system generates during the day. A utility meter measures your power consumption and solar output.

How much can solar save you on your electric bill?

You might be able to lower your monthly power bill

Solar has never been more accessible than it is today. Costs of solar systems can vary, but there are a large range of financing options that may help you meet your goals. Whether you lease, take out a loan, or purchase a system, you may be able to start generating savings immediately.

Key factors that can determine your savings with solar

  • How much sun hits your roof
  • How much energy you consume
  • Applicable incentives
  • Supportive solar policies
  • State electricity rates

How do solar panels help the environment?

Reduce your carbon footprint

By going solar, you can reduce demand for fossil fuels, limit greenhouse gas emissions, and shrink your carbon footprint.

Source: Reported in research "Selling into the Sun" by U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory

Health & Environmental Benefits Going Solar

Solar panels create clean renewable energy from the sun and benefits our environment. Alternatives to fossil fuels, reduce carbon footprint at home, reducing greenhouse gases around the world. Solar is proven to have a favorable impact on our environment.

See if you qualify

ESTIMATE arrow_forward