How do solar panels work?

How do solar panels work?

1. Solar panels generate Direct Current (DC) power - During the day when the sun is out, solar panels convert UV light into DC electricity. A solar panel actually comprises many smaller units called photovoltaic cells. These are all connected together electrically. 
2. The solar inverter converts DC power from the solar panels to alternating current AC (the type used in appliances in your home.
3. AC power flows through the switchboard and is used by your appliances - so you don't need to purchase as much electricity from your electricity retailer, saving you money.
4. Excess electricity is sent to the grid or a battery
5. A smart meter tracks and records all energy flows.
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