How Solar Panels Work
Learn how solar panels work and how you can start saving today.
How do residential solar panels work?
The concept of solar is well-known in South Carolina: solar panels convert sunlight into electricity. What’s less apparent is how solar panels work.
To help IHS homeowners better understand the entire residential solar conduction sequence, we decided to map it out. Scan the diagram below to see how the sun’s energy gets from your solar panels to your home.
- Panels Convert Sunlight to Electricity – Solar panels turn sunlight into Direct Current electricity (DC).
- Inverter Turns DC to AC – The inverter we install converts DC into safe, usable Alternating Current electricity (AC) – the standard electrical current used in your home.
- Electricity Flows Through Breaker – The Alternating Current solar energy flows into your home, reducing or replacing the energy coming from the utility company.
- Excess Power Feeds Back to Grid – The energy your solar panels create allows you to produce more Alternating Current power than you will actually use. The excess power will then feed back to the power grid and will be credited to your bill for the following month.