How Solar Works

Learn About Solar Energy

United Solar Group Corporation will be happy to teach you about solar electricity and how it works. We’ve been working in this industry for over 40 years.

What is solar electricity?

Solar electricity is also known as Photovoltaics or “PV” for short. The energy produced by a PV system flows to an inverter, which converts the direct current DC (direct current) energy into AC (alternating current) to power appliances and other electrical loads in your business or home.

Solar panels

When sunlight strikes the photovoltaic (PV) modules (solar panels), the solar cells convert the flow of electrons into DC electricity.

Solar panel installation

  • Inverters – your house is powered by AC electricity. The inverter we install converts the DC electricity from the panels into the AC electricity for your home.
  • Electrical panel – the panel contains circuit breakers that control the amount of electricity going the various areas of your business or home. Your inverter has its own breaker dedicated to your solar system.
  • Net meter – the inverter connects to a net breaker in your electrical panel that feeds electricity to your home. If there is energy overflow, it will be be fed back to the grid via the net meter and accrued as utility credits.
  • Battery storage – batteries are paired with your solar systems to store the electricity you produce. The energy stored in the batteries gives you resiliency and energy independence from the grid.
  • Utility – if you don’t install batteries, your system will be dependent on the grid to maintain power production. The utility company will give you credits for the excess energy you produce. You can feel better knowing you’ve helped make the grid more green.

Questions to ask yourself before going Solar...

  • Why do you want to go solar?
  • What is your budget for the project?
  • What is your ideal timeline?
  • Do you know how solar works?
  • What type of roof do you have? Age, azimuth, etc.
  • What type of mount would you like?
  • Would you like to purchase panels or lease?
  • Are you aware of any specific zoning laws or codes in your area that may restrict solar?