How Residential Solar Works?

A solar panel “works by allowing photons, or particles of light, to knock electrons free from atoms, generating a flow of electricity,” according to Live Science. That’s a technical way of saying that the panel’s photovoltaic cells convert the energy in sunlight to electricity (specifically, direct current (DC))

solar panel

DC energy is converted by an inverter from DC energy to AC energy matching the voltage and frequency of the power supplied to your home by your electric utility.

All of the energy produced by your solar system first will power any loads in your home. When the solar is producing more energy than your consuming the difference will be sent back to the electric utility.

A bidirectional meter is swapped out with your existing utility meter after the solar is installed which keeps track of both energy drawn from the utility and energy sent back.

The utility will credit you for any power sent back to them towards energy drawn when the solar isn’t producing enough to cover all of your needs (like overnight)

We design the system to produce enough extra during the day so that we can offset the homes overnight usage.

What YOU (customer) can expect as a timeline for the process:

Accelerate Solar process

As soon as you and your Accelerate Solar representative decide to move forward; our internal operations team begins working for you.

Proper documentations/signatures are required to move forward. If you are financing the project either through Dividend, Enerbank, Sunlight, or LoanPal – which needs to be completed before our welcome call.

While on the welcome call a member of our array team will set up your site survey.  Here our site inspector will come record detailed measurements of the roof and its structural stability, as well as information on your home’s electrical.


If your salesmen has already taken these measurements, we can skip a step. The site surveyor determines whether the array will fit as designed within the mandatory setbacks. At this point, if changes need to be made you will need to sign off on the final design.

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