Solar FAQs

We understand that people have many questions when it comes to purchasing solar. We have compiled a list of questions that are commonly asked and the answers below. There are more questions and answers coming soon. In the meantime, if you have other questions, don't hesitate to call us or email your questions to Sunny@simplysolarnow.com


Solar Questions and Answers

How do solar panels work?
A solar panel is made up of smaller units called solar cells. Solar cells are made up of layers of silicon-based semiconductors. When photons from the sun fall on or strike the solar cells, the solar cell generates an electrical charge and produces voltage. The electrons produced flow in an electrical current from one side of the cell to the other.

Each panel contains many solar cells, and there are many panels in a solar array. The panels should be oriented to capture the maximum amount of sun.

The electricity generated is in the form of direct current (DC) which is the type of current found in a car battery. Inverters are used to change the power from DC to Alternating Current (AC) which is the type of current used in most homes.
What is the difference between a grid tied system and an off grid system?
The power grid is the system which has traditionally delivered electricity to most homes and businesses. Most frequently electrical power is generated at power plants then moved by transmission lines to substations. Then a local distribution system carries the power into buildings.

In many cases, people live "off grid" which means they are not connected to an electric utility sources and most likely store their own power in batteries.

A Grid Tied Solar Electric System is the when the building owner generates power and is tied to the electric grid. When power is not being generated, or when enough power isn't being generated, electricity is received from the grid.
What does it take to go off grid?
A solar panel is made up of smaller units called solar cells. Solar cells are made up of layers of silicon-based semiconductors. When photons from the sun fall on or strike the solar cells, the solar cell generates an electrical charge and produces voltage. The electrons produced flow in an electrical current from one side of the cell to the other.

Each panel contains many solar cells, and there are many panels in a solar array. The panels should be oriented to capture the maximum amount of sun.

The electricity generated is in the form of direct current (DC) which is the type of current found in a car battery. Inverters are used to change the power from DC to Alternating Current (AC) which is the type of current used in most homes.
How does a grid tied system work if I am still connected to my electrical utility company?
A grid tied solar electric system works automatically. When you are generating power, the power will be delivered to your house first. If you are generating less than you need to run all your appliances and electronics, you will also receive electricity from your utility provider. You will also receive electricity from your utility at night.

If you generate more electricity than you are using, the power will flow back to the utility company. If your state has net metering, you will be credited for the power you generate that goes back "to the grid."

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