How Do Solar Panels Work?

More and more solar panels are popping up all over the country, especially in California. Since the sun is our greatest source of power, it only makes sense that we try to harness some of its energy for our own advantages.

The Idea Behind Solar Power

The sun releases millions upon millions of photons each day, which are tiny packets of energy. Those photons make their way to Earth, and when they hit solar cells in solar panels, they cause enough disturbance to knock electrons away from their atoms. When those break loose, electrons flow between the negative and positive layers of solar cells and electricity is generated.

The electricity that’s created is called direct current (DC) energy. Since the electrical power grid in the US uses an alternating current (AC), an inverter is used to make the DC energy compatible with the AC circuit in your home. At Honey's Air & Solar, we take care of the whole solar panel installation process for our customers in and around Modesto, CA.

What About When the Sun Isn’t Out?

Many solar energy systems are able to store energy through a process called “net metering.” If your system creates more energy than you use during the daytime, the excess energy can be fed into the greater electrical grid, and you’ll get credit for that energy. You can draw from that credit as you use energy at night or overcast days.

Call on the Pros

At Honey's Air & Solar, we’re proud to be one of the leaders in our industry, and we work hard to stay up-to-date regarding energy-efficient units and smart technology. We provide free estimates and offer financing, upon approval. In addition to working in the solar field, we also provide heating and air conditioning services, and we install, repair or service all makes and models. We have experience with windows, generators and water heaters, as well. Call us today. We’ll be happy to take care of your heating or cooling needs.

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