Basics & Benefits of Going Solar | SCE & Solar Power

(lively music) – [Narrator] Nowadays, more
and more people are going solar and taking advantage of the benefits of a residential solar energy system. A solar energy system will produce much of the energy your home needs which can help to offset how much energy you need to buy from your utility company. And you'll reduce your
carbon footprint as well which is something else
to feel good about. If you manage and monitor your usage, your solar energy system may generate more energy than you need. So, you could earn credits
for the surplus energy you export back to the grid.

This part gets a little science-y but all you really need to know is this. Solar panels or solar photovoltaic systems absorb direct sunlight and convert it into electricity. Every panel is made up of solar cells which produce direct
current or DC electricity. That means the electricity
flows in a single direction. Your home and appliances
run on alternating current or AC electricity, which means electricity currents can flow back and forth in two directions.

So, to put solar energy
to work in your home, your system must include an inverter that converts DC electricity
to AC electricity. When your solar energy
system is not producing enough electricity for your home when it's say, a really
cloudy day or at night, your home is still connected to receive electricity from the grid so you'll have uninterrupted power.

Before you install solar on your home, there are a few things
you'll need to remember. Every solar installation needs to be permitted in advance
by your city or county. This is primarily for safety reasons and your contractor
can help you with this. If you're part of a
homeowners' association, you'll need to first obtain
approval from your HOA. Not all solar panels are alike. Your contractor can help you
select a solar technology that's best for your home. For more information on solar technology, visit

Congrats on your first
step to going solar..

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