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Solar 101

Your guide to the ABCs of solar

Do you have questions about solar? You're not alone.

When it comes to solar energy, lots of people have questions about how it works, what the benefits are, as well as the pros and cons. Read on for Solar 101, a brief overview of how solar can save you money, how solar energy works, and how amazing the sun really is.

How solar can save you money

How solar energy works

Sunshine becomes electricity

When sunshine hits a solar panel, the solar cells that make up the panel transform light into direct current (DC) electricity. This is known as the photovoltaic effect.

Raw electricity becomes energy you can use

An inverter turns direct current (DC) electricity made by the panels into the alternating current (AC) electricity that your home needs. Enphase Microinverters do this at each panel, ensuring you get more power from the same panels than other types of inverters.

Your solar energy meets the public utility grid

The solar energy your home creates powers your family’s electrical usage. When the sun isn’t providing any power for your panels (like at night), your utility provides you with electricity. During the day, if your system is creating more power than your home needs, the extra energy goes into your utility’s power grid.

Some amazing facts about the Sun

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Greater than the sum of its parts

Enphase products work together to provide your home with reliable, industry-leading solar energy, allowing you to enjoy the full benefits of solar power.

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