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									How Solar Works in 4 Steps
Do you know how solar energy is converted into electricity? We all have been reading about the
basic concept since fourth grade, but technology has come a long way and it is important for
everyone to understand them to be able to generate good amount of energy from this natural source,
rather than abusing the depleting resources.
In this article, we’ll discuss practical steps to create electricity from solar energy. The following
given steps will help you convert sunlight into energy for your home, without getting into
complicated procedures. Let’s take a look at four step breakdown of how solar works for you!
1) Most commonly used in this procedure, individual silicon cells are also known as photovoltaics
(PV). They are used in the making modern day solar panels. The photovoltaics cell-clusters perform
the primary task of converting direct sunlight into electricity.
2) Wires attached to the solar panels work by transferring the converted electricity into inverter. The
inverter is a small piece of equipment attached to the panels through wires. It converts the Direct
Current (DC) generated by solar energy into Alternating Current (AC), a type of current that can be
used in homes.
3) Once the electricity travels through the inverter, the Alternating Current is transported to the
breaker panel through wires to meet the electricity of the building.
4) The last step of the process is very crucial and should be given utmost importance. There will be
times when your panels will be generating power in excess, or not generating at all (during rains
and night). In case your panels are not generating electricity, you can continue to get power from
local utility. However, in case of excess solar electricity, it will be “net metered” to your local utility
grid and in return you can earn a good credit on your power bill for that net metered electricity.

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