How Solar Power Works
The electric loads in your home, lights, appliances, water heater, air conditioner etc., use AC (Alternating Current) power. This power comes from the electric utility company through a meter (6) connected to a panel typically called the Main Electric Panel (4), also called the “MEP”. Your new solar system will be tied into the MEP so it supplies power to the house loads when the sun is shining.
All residential solar power systems operate in virtually the same way. A solar panel array (1) provides direct current or DC electricity when the sun is shining. The DC power is connected to one or more inverters (2). The Inverter is the heart of your System. It’s the inverter that generates grid quality alternating current, also called AC power. The inverters can be Micro-Inverters where each solar panel has an inverter or, they can be a Central Inverter where the solar panels are connected to one or more large inverters as shown in the diagram above. We offer the exclusive and powerful GENERAC PWRcell system. The PWRcell inverter converts solar generated DC power from the solar array into useable AC power. This new power source is tied to your house electrical system, usually through the MEP (4) which is connected to the grid through the meter (6).
When your solar power system produces more electricity than your home is using, the excess power is fed back into the grid through a new Bi-Directional meter (6). The utility company will install this new meter type after your system has been inspected and approved. A special utility billing program called Net Metering credits you for the excess solar electricity production. The utility company will credit you back for the power they receive from you but usually not at the same rate they charge you for it.
Because of this policy it is important to consider installing a Storage Battery (3) with your new system. A Storage Battery
allows you to store the excess power your system produces each day so you can use it in the evening. By doing this you save the full cost of the electricity instead of giving it back to the utility company and only being paid a fraction of what it costs you.
GENERAC PWRcell is the most efficient battery backup system in the market!
It is also important to remember: If you don’t have a Storage Battery (3), the solar power system will not provide power when the electric utility grid is down. If you need or want emergency or backup power you will need to combine solar and a battery storage system.
This is why we offer the GENERAC PWRcell system. The system is installed with or without a battery but if you decided now or later that you want battery power, it is literally plug and play. You will also decide what electrical loads are most important to you so the vital circuits can be installed into an Emergency Loads Panel (5). And… Let’s not forget the planet!
How much can solar power save you?
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For your Home
With rising energy costs and environmental threats looming over your head, it may seem like there’s no relief in sight. What you need is a solution that will help you save money, keep your home safe and reduce your carbon footprint. Introducing Generac’s PWRcell – a battery storage system that harnesses power from the sun to help reduce your electric bill and provide backup power during utility power outages.
PWRcell’s revolutionary technology captures and stores electricity – either from solar panels, or the a electrical grid. It allows you to use stored energy “‘- during peak demand times when electricity costs are high, which ultimately helps reduce your electric bill and save some money. In the case of a power outage, PWRcell is ready to supply backup power to your home.
Not yet convinced? PWRcell is backed by a 10-year limited warranty