Photovoltaic solar panels, or solar modules as they are sometimes called, are typically installed on the roof. In some cases they can be placed in an area of your yard if your roof direction is not favorable for a proper install. These panels are made up of photovoltaic (PV) cells, which convert sunlight into direct current (DC) power.
The DC power accumulated from solar panels is sent to an inverter, where it is converted into alternating current (AC) power, or standard electrical current used for your home.
AC power travels from the inverter to the electrical panel, often called a breaker box. This power is now ready for use in your home.
The utility meter continually measures your electrical supply; when your solar system produces more power than you need, the meter literally spins backwards, accumulating credits with the utility company that will offset your next bill, saving you money!
Your home remains connected to the utility grid to supply you with electricity when you need more power than your solar system produces, like at nighttime.