After 13 years in the renewable energy business, one of the questions I still get from homeowners is "how does solar work?" So today I'm going to try to make this easy to understand and give you Solar Simplified. These are solar panels and they go on the roof. This is where the magic happens. The solar panels take sunlight and they turn it into DC electricity. This is an inverter and what it does is it takes the DC electricity that your solar panels are generating and it makes it into usable AC electricity for your house. This is your service panel full of circuit breakers. All that good clean energy that you're generating up on the roof that lands here on a breaker so your house can use that electricity. And if for some reason you don't use everything you're generating it passes right on through back to the grid. And that one neighbor who doesn't really believe in solar? Well, your power is going back on the grid, so he's probably using solar power too. But don't tell him. So that's pretty much how it works. I'm sure you have more questions and we've got more videos. Or you can give us a call at SWG Solar Energy and we'll be happy to answer all of your questions, and tell you how you can start saving thousands of dollars by switching a clean free solar electricity. I look forward to talking to you soon.
Another question I get asked often is "how many panels do i need?" And the answer is, it depends. That guy over there? His house has 24 panels. This house has 21. And this house has nine panels. The truth is every house is different. Even though they're all in the same neighborhood, it's my job to figure out exactly what your house needs so you don't have to send money off to your utility company anymore. This house used to average $400 a month in electricity bills. Now the utility company owes them money. Keep watching the videos if you have more questions or give us a call at SWG Solar Energy. We'll answer all of your questions and get you started saving thousands of dollars by using free clean solar electricity. I look forward to talking to you soon.
What is net metering and why is it so important? To keep it simple, net metering allows you to put energy onto the grid when you don't need it and to take energy back when you do. Your house produces solar electricity during the day. When the sun is shining normally you're going to have excess energy. And anything that you don't need to use you're going to put it back onto the grid. Your utility meter is going to keep track of that. Later on at night when the sun goes down, you're going to need that energy back. And your utility meter is going to keep track of that as well. In a way, net metering allows you to use the grid as a battery storing your energy there until you need it. Unfortunately the utility company is going to want to charge you to use their grid as your battery. But that's the subject of another video. If you have any more questions about net metering, feel free to give us a call. We can also tell you how you can use solar energy to free yourself from the rising cost of utility bills for the next 10, 20, 30 years. I look forward to taking your call.
What is net metering? Well, if you watch our other video you probably realize that net metering is not a very exciting subject to talk about. In part two of our videos about net metering I'm going to try to make it a little bit easier to understand. Your solar panels are generating electricity during the day when the sun is shining. But your home may not need all that electricity, so anything extra you're going to put back on the grid. And your utility meter is going to keep track of that. "Looks like i'm going to have an extra 18 kilowatt hours to put on the grid today." "Okay that's 18 kilowatt hours total uh nine before four p.m and then another nine between 4 p.m and sunset. Got it." Later on when the sun goes down and your panels aren't producing electricity, you're going to need to take your energ back from the grid. Your utility meter is going to keep track of those kilowatt hours also. "The sun's gone down so I'm going to need 15 kilowatt hours back from the grid tonight." Okay, let's see. You're going to need nine kilowatt hours back from sunset to 9 pm and then another 6 0kilowatt hours after that. Got it." Net metering allows you to use the grid as energy storage. But you may have noticed that your utility meter was actually keeping track of when you're putting kilowatt hours onto the grid and when you're taking those kilowatt hours off. Your utility company may be charging you for that... but that's the subject of another video. If you have any more questions about net metering or anything else for that matter, give us a call. We can also help you understand how you can power your home with clean free solar electricity and get away from the rising costs of electricity bills. Ilook forward to talking to you soon.