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How solar works day and night to power your home

October 6th, 2021 | By Chad McComas

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Did you know that your solar system is working at all hours of the day? Although solar energy is generated when the sun is out, that energy can also be used during the night thanks to a backup battery system. If you’re a current owner of solar panels, or are thinking about going solar, it’s important to understand how your solar system works during the daytime and nighttime cycles. Additionally, understanding the benefits of solar batteries and how they bring additional value to your home by storing energy for later use is important. This video encapsulates the entire solar process during the day and night cycles.

To further understand what is going on in this video, let’s break it down by each cycle.

The Day Cycle

Once your solar panels are installed, the solar energy collected by the panels takes the form of direct current (DC) electricity. The DC collected then gets sent from your solar panels to your inverter, which then converts the DC to alternating current (AC) electricity, the type of energy necessary to power your home.

If your panels collect more than enough energy for your home, the excess energy is then sent to your battery system for storage. This excess energy can be used overnight when the sun isn’t shining, or it can be used in the event of a power outage.

The solar array demonstrated in the video is a grid-tied system, meaning it is still connected to the grid. Pink Energy’s systems are all grid-tied which serves as an advantage for homeowners if the utility companies offer net metering. Net metering occurs when your system produces more solar energy than your home needs at any given time. The excess energy is sent to the power grid for a potential credit on your electric bill.

The Night Cycle

Once the sun goes down, the grid and your battery can work together to meet the needs of your home. Note that your battery will power only pre-chosen loads within your home such as your refrigerator, microwave, sump pump or home office equipment.

Outside of being a storage container for energy, our battery system helps combat the negative effects of power outages in the event of harsh weather and it also helps counter time-of-use rates. The backup battery system has four separate modes tailored to your needs and helps future-proof your home.

Solar is the future

Although your solar energy is produced during the daytime, technology has allowed us to access renewable energy at all times of the day. To learn more how solar works, get started today with a free home assessment and one-on-one consultation with one of our representatives.

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