How Does Solar Energy Work? All Of Your Questions Answered Here

How Does Solar Energy Work?

Have you ever been in a discussion with someone and you get talking about solar energy and you think to yourself How Does Solar Energy Work?

Well, that is one question that we’ve been getting asked more and more as solar energy becomes more mainstream. It’s no longer just something that is only in the future. It’s not just “something that rich people have” and it’s not something that is so science fiction that we can’t understand it.

In this article, we’re going to answer all of your questions.

So let’s get started.

How Does Solar Energy Work?

Let’s start off with the definition of solar energy so we have some sort of a base to go off of.

So how exactly does sunshine become electricity? Great question, and that’s the starting point!

Here’s a picture that explains the different steps of the process and some of the equipment that you will need to get a solar system set up at your house. This will help you generate your own clean, more affordable energy.

solar energy explained

Solar Panels

Solar Panels are step 1. The solar panels are made up of photovoltaic (PV) cells, which convert sunlight into direct current (DC) electricity throughout the day.


This device converts the DC electricity generated by the solar panels into the alternating current (AC) electricity.

Electrical Panel

The AC electricity is sent from the inverter to your electrical panel to power your lights and appliances with solar energy. The electrical panel is often called a “breaker box.”

Utility Meter

The utility meter measures your energy use. It actually goes backward when your system generates more power than you immediately need. This excess solar energy offsets the energy you use at night.

Utility Grid

Your business is still connected to the grid. You’ll need that power from the utility company at night, but don’t worry. The cost is offset by any excess solar energy you put into the grid during the day.

PowerGuide Monitoring System

The exclusive PowerGuide monitoring system from SolarCity continuously tracks your energy production and ensures that your solar power system is running smoothly. It will even alert our repair crews in the rare event that problems arise

So that’s the basis for how solar energy works for everyone who was curious.

Here’s another source that explains it, if you prefer to watch videos instead of reading…

Video about How Does Solar Energy Work

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