The Safe Investment
After the initial investment, solar provides free power for your home or business. It may even pay you through renewable energy credits, or through selling the excess back to the power company.
How solar works:
1. The sun’s rays fall upon the solar panels creating DC electricity.
2. Micro-Inverters convert the energy into AC power that your appliances and equipment can use.
3. The energy is used by your home or business or back into the grid, making your meter run backwards.
4. The system is monitored so you can see how much power is being produced from inside your home or facility or through the Internet.
Despite what some companies say, the solar learning process starts with the mounting, not the solar panels. You have to know where you are going to place your solar panels before you can plan your system. Most home and business owners place their solar panels on their roof. However if your roof is heavily shaded by trees your installer may recommend mounting your solar panels on a pole next to the home or business.
The silicone in solar panels releases electrons, positive and negative, when exposed to sunlight. These electrons, or electrical energy, flow like water through the cables
(one negative, one positive) coming out of the back of the solar panel towards the inverter. We use 220-230 watt solar panels. These panels are approximately 3 and 1/2 feet by 5 1/2 feet, and take up roughly 18 square feet on your roof.
Inverters change DC energy, like what is in a car battery, into AC energy that your appliances and equipment can use. We use micro-inverters -one per panel- that connect together in a chain. These micro-inverters maximize the efficiency of each solar panel. While central inverters can convert significantly less power when a single solar panel is shaded, micro-inverters do not affect each other’s performance. This means you can place solar panels in areas of partial shading without greatly affecting the performance of the entire system.
Junction Box, and Safety Disconnect
The cable from the final micro-inverter in the chain connects to a junction box, where the AC wiring connects and runs down a conduit to a safety disconnect.
The monitoring we use tracks the energy production by each panel, reporting how much energy is being produced right now, today, this month and over the lifetime of the system. The monitoring also reports if there are any problems with your inverters, reporting it directly to the installer, and alerting the manufacturer so a replacement unit can be sent.