Solar panels harness the power of the sun.

The sun’s rays or photons travel to Earth (93 million miles), where they are captured by the photovoltaic cells in the solar panels on your roof, carport, or the ground. That energy is collected as a direct current (DC) within the cells of the panels. An inverter then converts that power into usable alternating current (AC). Once that process has occurred, the energy can be used by your home or sent back to the grid. Depending upon your area, the energy that flows back to the grid can collect credits (net metering).