How Solar Works

How Does Solar Energy Work?

With the right technology, sunlight can become usable energy quickly and easily. Solar panels, made up of photovoltaic cells, can be installed on your roof and they convert sunlight into direct current (DC) power. This power travels to an inverter where it is converted to alternating current (AC) power, the form of electricity you use around your house. Your home still stays connected to the grid, allowing you to use power during the night or on cloudy days.

The last component of your system is the net energy meter, which tracks your total power usage. If your system creates more energy than your home consumes, the extra electricity is sold back to the power company, giving you credit on your next utility bill. This is something that is being used across the country by homeowners and business owners alike to cut back on energy bills, as well as help, provide for a healthier environment.

Some other solar techniques include:

  • Transpired solar collectors. These can be used to preheat ventilation air for buildings.
  • Solar water heating systems. Made up of a solar collector, this uses the sun to direct heat to the water.
  • Concentrating solar power (CSP) systems. The energy of the sun reflects off devices such as mirror panels or troughs to produce heat, which in turn generates electricity.

How Do Solar Panels Make Electricity?

So how exactly do solar panels then make electricity? For starters, the sunlight will activate the solar panels. Each solar panel consists of a layer of silicon cells. When sunlight strikes these photovoltaic cells, they become energized. The photovoltaic cells will absorb sunlight during the daylight hours and use this energy that they absorb to produce an electrical current. In simple words, this electrical energy that is absorbed is converted into the electricity which powers your home through a solar microinverter. To learn more about how solar works, or for any other questions that you may have, please don't hesitate to contact us! Our team of electrical experts has years of combined experience and are available to answer any question that you may have!

Solar panels on roof

Call (732) 253-4052 to learn more about how solar can work for you.

At Sea Bright Solar, We Do Solar Right

If you're looking for a New Jersey or New York solar panel installation company, look no further than SunPower by Sea Bright Solar. We have been helping customers since 2003 and have the skills and abilities necessary to provide you with the highest quality service. There are a number of benefits to installing solar power for your home or business. With a fully staffed team and a warehouse to make sure we have everything we need, we are ready to help you take the next step and change the way you power your home or office.

Learn the benefits of solar. We offer a free consultation to help you understand the process and get started. Contact our New Jersey & New York residential and commercial solar team today at (732) 253-4052 for yours.