How Do Solar Panels and Solar Power Work?

Turning the Sun’s Energy Into Usable Power Happens in Several Steps

How it Works - Step 1 Solar panels collect energy from the sun and convert it into DC power.
How it Works - Step 2 The DC power from the solar panels is sent to a solar inverter, where it is converted into AC power for use in your home.
How it Works - Step 3 AC power travels from the solar inverter to your electrical breaker box.
How it Works - Step 4 The utility meter measures your electrical supply. When your solar energy system produces more power than you need, the meter literally spins backwards as that power is sent to the grid for others to use. Your next utility bill is credited for the power you’ve added to the grid.


how does solar energy work? solar panels convert sunlight into DC electricity