How is Solar Energy Used?

Solar energy is clean, abundant and renewable, so why not take advantage of such an untapped resource? Without a solar power system, solar energy cannot be harnessed and converted into useful power for your home. As a new solar customer, you might be wondering what types of solar solutions are available. Typically, the following three solar technologies are used in residential, commercial and industrial settings:

  • Photovoltaic (PV) systems
  • Solar heating and cooling systems
  • Concentrating solar power (CSP) systems

The most popular residential solar power solution is a PV system. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), this type of system has also dropped in price by 33% since the beginning of 2011. As a result, the price drop has increased annual installations. The SEIA recorded 4,751 PV solar power system installations in 2013 alone.

How does a PV system power my home?

PV systems are built to harness and generate electricity directly from solar power. The panels contain solar cells made from silicon and other conductive materials. The semiconductor material in the PV cells transfers the energy into a functional electrical current. From there, the power is then added to the grid and used to power your home!

A lot of homeowners worry that their PV system will overproduce energy. Not only can overproduced energy go to waste, but homeowners can also be billed for any excess energy. To avoid overproduction issues, most states allow net metering. This means if too much solar power is generated, residents can feed the unused electricity back into the grid and receive a credit for it. It’s important to remember you’ll typically be billed only for your net energy use.

Find your solar energy solution today

Searching for the right solar power system for your home can be difficult. With so many choices, you might want to get a second opinion. Here at, we can answer your solar questions and guide you toward a solution that suits your household energy consumption. You’ll be able to talk to one of our solar representatives. Call today!

Source: Updated: 9-4-15.