How Commercial Solar Energy Systems Work

Solar energy system components work together to power your business with clean energy from the sun.

Solar Panels

Solar panels are installed on your roof or adjacent structure. These solar panels are made up of photovoltaic (PV) cells, which convert sunlight into DC power.

Solar Inverter

The DC power from the solar panels is sent to a solar inverter, where it is converted into AC power, or standard electrical current used to power your facility.

Electrical Panel

AC power travels from the solar inverter to the electrical cabinet, often called a breaker box. This power is then available to service all of your electrical needs.

Utility Meter Fact

The utility meter continually measures your electrical supply; when your solar energy system produces more power than you need, the meter literally spins backwards, accumulating credits with the utility company that will offset your next bill.

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Utility Grid Fact

Your business remains connected to the utility grid to supply you with electricity when you need more power than your solar energy system has produced, such as at night.

PowerGuide™ Solar Energy Monitoring

PowerGuide continually monitors your business' electricity usage. With a clear picture of your electricity patterns and recommendations from SolarCity, you can better manage your solar energy consumption and reduce operating expense.