Electricity companies produce traditional electricity by burning finite fossil fuels, which are costly to extract and use. Burning these fuels to power your home produces toxic byproducts that endanger your health and harm the environment. In order to reduce costs and prevent the release of pollution, many Americans are switching to solar energy. Solar panels offer a cost-efficient, greener way to power your home in order to create a sustainable future and reduce your monthly utility bill.
How Do Solar Panels Create Electricity?
Light contains energy particles called photons. If you’ve ever burned yourself on the surface of a hot car on a sunny day, you’ve experienced this energy firsthand. Solar panels are designed to capture this energy and convert it into power for your daily use. These panels use photons to knock electrons free of atoms, creating a current. Each panel is composed of multiple photovoltaic (PV) cells, often called solar cells because they convert the sun’s rays into electricity. These cells work together to turn sunlight into DC electricity.
What’s an Inverter?
The energy needs to go through one more step before it’s ready for use because your electronics don’t use DC. Inverters take the generated DC electricity and convert it into alternating current, or “AC” power. Your coffee maker, computer, and house lights all draw on AC power when you plug them in.
What About Excess Power?
Sometimes, you won’t use all of the electricity generated by your solar panels. A meter keeps track of the energy that your system produces, and sends anything you don’t use back into the grid. During times when you use more power, such as cloudy days or nighttime, this extra electricity is credited back to your bill.
To learn more about whether solar is right for you, and about the other products and services we offer to make your home or business more efficient, please e-mail us at our Houston office, or call (512) 266-4409 today!