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How Does Solar Work?

May 2, 2018

Did you know that solar energy is the fastest growing source of power? Did you also know that it is environmentally friendly in that solar energy is both renewable and clean?

With that said, do you really know how solar works? Though these facts are true, it’s difficult for homeowners to realize how they can harness this power and really utilize this energy to their best benefit. 

SunPower by BlueSel can help you understand the way your solar panels work, and how you are ultimately helping the environment. Here is a quick peek into how solar energy systems work for a typical residential property.

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The Power & Science Behind Solar Energy

Let’s start 93 million miles away at the sun. Our sun is a massive natural nuclear reactor.  It releases energy called photons that head toward Earth. Once in our atmosphere, those photons are collected by solar panels that are attached to your roof.

When the sun rays (photons) hit a solar cell within your system, they knock electrons loose from their atoms. If conductors are attached to the positive and negative sides of a cell, it forms an electrical circuit.

Solar Energy Generating Electricity

When electrons flow through such a circuit, they generate electricity. The solar cells then collect this renewable energy source. The electric current in the SunPower panels flows to the inverter which converts that DC (direct current) electricity into AC (alternating current), the most common form of electricity.

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Measuring Your Energy Consumption

Your meter then keeps track of how much electricity is being generated by your solar panels. Your appliances, computers, lights and other electrical technology in your home uses that electricity rather than drawing from the grid.

If you aren’t using as much as you’re producing, the extra energy then gets sent to the grid and your home is then credited with the power. You can use that credit for days that you are using more than producing. In the end, most homeowners end up not using as much as they are producing thus substantially lowering their utility bill.

For the average solar customer, this means lowering your electric bills to zero or close to it!  

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Do you want to learn how harnessing the power of the sun can work on your property? Call SunPower by BlueSel at 781-281-8130 to set up an appointment to see if your home is a good candidate for solar paneling.