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Using Solar Electricity

Once a solar cell produces electricity, it must be converted to the type of electricity that comes from the utility company in order to power your business or home.

Solar modules convert sunlight to direct current (DC) electricity. Because the majority of electrical devices and appliances need alternative current (AC) electricity, the solar electricity must be converted through a component called the inverter. Now that it's compatible, the AC electricity leaves the inverter and is fed into the existing distribution panel/circuit breaker, where it is then circulated throughout the facility or home as needed.

On sunny days, the solar electric system may generate more electricity than what is being used. Any surplus electricity flows out through the utility meter and into the electric grid, causing the meter to spin backwards and build a credit for the system's owner (also known as Net Metering).

On cloudy days and at night, the electric utility will provide any electricity that is needed.