How does a solar system work?
Solar panels are made of silicon photovoltaic (PV) cells. The PV cells then absorb sunlight that hits the panel’s surface and electricity is produced via the Photovoltaic Effect. The electricity produced is called Direct Current (DC) electricity . DC electricity is not suitable for most household applications and so it is routed to an Inverter which converts it to Alternating Current (AC) electricity.
The inverter then directs the electricity to your switchboard which sends AC electricity to the appliances in your home. The role of a switchboard is to ensure that the first power source of your home is solar energy and only using energy from the grid when your solar system is not producing enough.
If you choose to sell excess power that your solar system generates to JPS a bi-directional meter will be installed to record power taken from the grid and the amount of solar energy that is exported back to the grid. This is called net-metering. Excess power is sold back to the grid which will give you credits on your electricity bill.
Solar systems do not require manual intervention to switch the power source between taking power from the grid and the system itself , this is done automatically based on the amount of energy being consumed.
At Conserve It we offer remote monitoring services with our solar system which enables you to see how much electricity is being produced by your solar system , how much energy you are consuming and the state of your batteries (if you have any).