How Solar Works

Most people are familiar with the panels on the roof, but how does that actually lower your electric bill?

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How does it all work?


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More power with SunPower over conventional panels

Solar Panels

Solar panels convert sunshine into electricity on your roof. Our high efficiency SunPower panels generate the most power.

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Net Meter

Your new net meter keeps track of all of your solar production so you get credit for all that sunlight being soaked up on your roof.

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Inverter

Your inverter makes the electricity usable in your home, and can even provide some power in a blackout.

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Monitoring

We monitor your system actively, and you can too using SunPower’s mobile app or through your online monitoring portal.

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Solar Panels

Solar panels convert the sun’s light into electricity. When the light particles (photons) hit the solar cells the electric current is created so that you can power your home with the power of the sun! The electricity generated on the roof runs down to your main electric panel and is distributed throughout your home as necessary. You won’t notice a difference in the quality or strength of electricity between solar power and utility power; you’ll just notice a lower bill every month.

Inverter

Your solar panels create direct current, DC, on your roof, but we use alternating current, AC, in our homes. Your inverter switches the DC power coming from your panels to AC power so that you can use it in your home. Remember Hurricane Sandy? So do we. Our inverter has a special feature called a Secure Power Supply that allows you to use the power your system is generating when the power goes out through a dedicated outlet. This outlet can provide 1,500 watts which is enough to run the average refrigerator, charge your cell phone, or run some basic electronics.

Secure Power Supply

Net Metering

Right now, your utility meter only spins forward. Your electric bill is determined by how far forward you meter spins, which is why the utility company reads it every 30 days. When you make the switch to solar, we will coordinate with your utility company to have a new meter installed that will spin backwards as well as forwards. During the day, we typically produce more electricity than we consume. The extra energy will be sent back to the grid and your meter will spin backwards, giving you credit for the excess energy you produced. At night or on days where the sun doesn’t shine you will burn off the excess credit you sent the utility during the day. The purpose of the net meter is to serve as your bank and to make sure you are credited for any extra energy you produce. You own all of the electricity produced on your rooftop, and all of the energy generated benefits you because it is significantly cheaper than the utility company.

Monitoring

I bet you’re wondering how to keep track of all of that power being produced on your roof. We install production and consumption monitoring on every system so you can keep track of not only how much energy your system is producing, but also how much energy you are consuming. No guessing games here. We will help you set up your smartphone, tablet, or PC with everything you need to monitor your system. Don’t worry though, we receive a weekly fleet report with every system’s details, so if you need service we’ll know before you do.

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