How a Solar Power System Works for Your Home or Business

If you’re considering residential solar power systems but aren’t sure how the whole process works, Green Street Solar is here to help. We specialize in business and home solar systems and have made it our mission to put customer satisfaction as priority number one.

Call on Green Street Solar and you will soon discover our experience in solar installation is quite extensive.

So, how do residential power systems really work, let's take a look:

Solar electric panels, called photovoltaic (PV) panels, convert the sun's energy directly into electricity. An inverter converts the type of electricity produced from DC to AC, which is what your house or business uses. All PV systems Green Street Solar installs are "grid-tied," meaning that they work in cooperation with your utility provider's existing grid.

It is possible to include battery backup with your system in situations where continuous power is critical, but Green Street Solar recommends a generator instead.

The power your solar array creates is sent back to the utility power grid, spinning your meter backwards. At the end of the billing period, your electric bill will be lowered by the amount that your solar system generated.

A number of federal, state and local incentives exist to help with the initial cost of a PV power system, making the cost of the electricity from solar less than your local utility in some states. With an expected life of over 30 years a PV solar system will help you ensure that you are generating power to offset your bill, both now and in the future.

Furthermore, the national average for electric price increases is just under 7% annually. A PV system protects you from future price increases.

Net Metering

Net metering is the regulatory ability to get credit for electricity you generate from solar at full retail rates. Net metering allows you to use the electric utility grid as storage for power you generate when you are not using it.

At the end of the billing period, the customer only pays for their net consumption, or the amount of electricity consumed, minus the amount generated.

If you’re interested in learning more about solar installation, we’re here to help. Just contact us directly at 1-800-834-5196 and our staff will be glad to assist you.