Did you know that the sun can perpetually power your home’s electric energy needs by owning your own solar photovoltaic system?
You’ve probably seen or own a solar powered calculator that don’t have any batteries and only needs enough light to run. That same technology can actually power your home electric and meet all of you energy needs, including heating up your pool and domestic water system.
Revco Solar and Solar Heating Specialists offers a brief explanation on how solar works in producing clean and renewable energy for your family to enjoy. If you’d like a free estimate on how it can help you, call us today in Orange County at 949.531.7320 or Riverside at 951.781.6520.
It all starts with the sun.
The sun has enough photons that hit the surface of the Earth to power all the world’s energy needs within just two hours of exposure. The problem is that we have not yet invented a solar system that can completely harness the power of the sun at 100% if its capacity.
With the invention and development of the photovoltaic (PV) cell, we are now able to harness a minute portion of what the sun can power and convert it to usable electrical wattage around the home.
The photovoltaic module captures the sunlight’s photon which “excites” the positive and negative silica embedded inside the modules.
The positive charge of the n-type silicon and the negative charge of the p-type silicon interacts with each other in the molecular level producing extremely high speed and volatile friction, resulting in DC current.
Before this type of current is usable around the house, it has to be converted into AC current by the inverter.
The inverter is an electrical device that converts direct current (DC) produced by the solar photovoltaic modules into alternating current (AC) which is the type of current that powers your home’s electrical appliances and light bulbs.
One safety feature of the inverter is that it shuts off all electric production going back to the grid when there is power outage on a grid-tied system to protect and prevent anyone from an electric shock when working on the power lines.
During the day when the solar system produces surplus electricity, the inverter pushes electricity produced back into the grid resulting in “net metering.” This is when the electric produced feeds back to the utility company.
A desirable buy-back agreement happens when the house’s electric meter turns is in the utility’s favor when grid power is being drawn, and the owner’s favor when the house generation exceeds its needs. At the end of the payment period, when the meter is read, the system owner pays the utility the difference between what was used and what was produced.
Electricity produced by your solar photovoltaic system either reduces or eliminates your electric bills. Contact Revco Solar and Solar Heating Specialists today!