How Home Solar Works

Net Metering

  1. Solar panels capture sunlight and convert it to DC electricity
  2. Your solar system converts that energy to an AC current that can power your home
  3. Energy you don’t use goes back to the utility grid and creates an electricity “credit” for you

Solar panels that convert light into electricity are called photovoltaics (PV). When the sun shines, the electricity travels from the panels through wires into a piece of equipment called an inverter. An inverter converts the type of electricity produced by the panels (called Direct Current, or DC) into the type of power your house uses (called Alternating Current, or AC). Once the electricity goes through the inverter, it travels through wire into your home’s electrical panel.

At night, when your panels are not generating electricity, you continue to get electricity from the local utility. But during the day, your solar panels can produce more power than you consume, feeding power into the utility grid, supplying clean electricity to your community and spinning your meter backward.

With Astrum Solar, switching to solar is simpler than you might think. If you’re seriously considering buying solar panels for your home, your first step should be to use our Solar Calculator to figure out the costs and returns of your solar investment.  See all the benefits to powering your home with Astrum Solar.