How Does it Work?
1. SOLAR PANELS – These are devices that absorb the energy radiated from the Sun and convert it into DC (Direct Current) Electricity. Panels are often installed on rooftops or open areas, such as parking lots or fields that have full sun exposure. A larger grouping of solar panels constitutes a “solar array.” Large non-residential solar facilities often contain multiple arrays, sometimes located on different buildings at a given site.
2. COMBINER BOX – This is the central hub where all of the energy created by the individual solar panels converges. The collected energy is then sent through a wire with a much larger capacity to the inverter.
3. INVERTER – This is a device that takes the DC (Direct Current) Electricity created by the Solar Panels and converts it to AC (Alternating Current) Electricity, which is the type of energy used in most homes and businesses.
4. AC SAFETY SWITCH – This is a manual switch that can be used to disconnect a building’s electrical system from the solar electricity system.
5. BI-DIRECTIONAL METER – This is a meter that measures and displays the amount of energy you are creating vs. the amount of energy you are using. It also performs system diagnostics and sends alerts regarding system or equipment issues.
6. ENERGY DISTRIBUTION – The energy created is then distributed and used to power your building. Any excess energy generated that doesn’t get used is automatically sent to the utility grid through the power lines, and the electric company PAYS YOU for the electricity you provide.