How Solar Works
- Solar panels, typically on your roof, convert sunlight into direct current (DC) power.
- This DC power is sent through an inverter that converts the power to the standard electric current used in your home, or alternating current (AC).
- The AC power is fed through the load center (breaker box, fuse box) and powers your home.
- The utility meter, which measures your electrical usage, is bi-directional and will measure any over-production from your solar system. The meter will spin backwards and credit you for this output current -- this is called net-metering.
- Electric utility service remains connected to your home, ensuring you will always have power when your panels aren't producing enough energy for your home, such as at night.