Date: March 17, 2014
Sunlight is a clean, efficient and sustainable source of energy. In most locations it is reliable, readily available, and always free. Up until recently solar energy has been a powerful and yet untapped source of electric energy. In just 40 minutes, the sun sends about as much energy to the surface of the Earth as its current 7 billion person population could use in a year. Twenty days of sunshine is equal to the Earth's total coal, oil and natural gas reserves.
What are the components of a solar energy system?
So how does it work?
During the day, the photovoltaic panels capture the light from the sun while the inverter converts the solar energy into usable volts of electricity. The energy that you generate and don't use is stored for you by your local utility grid. At night, or when the sun isn't shining, you use this stored electric energy from the connected utility.
In most locations, utility companies are required to credit you for generating more power production than you use. By properly sizing your solar system to cover your electricity usage, you can reduce or even virtually eliminate your utility bill.
Solar energy is truly the gift that keeps on giving.