How Solar Works


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Sunlight Shines On Panels

Solar panels absorb energy directly from the Sun in all daylight conditions. Even if it is a cloudy day, the solar panels will still absorb energy.

Energetic Photons

The Sunlight contains particles of energy called photons. These photons are full of life and energy and are absorbed by the silicon in the solar cells.

Electron Flow

Silicon electrons are knocked loose form their atoms and are only allowed to go in one direction due to the structure of the solar cells. This creates a flow of electricity. This flow of electrons is considered direct current (DC) electricity.


An inverter converts the Direct Current (DC) into Alternating Current (AC) - the form in which electric power is delivered and used in businesses and residences.

Solar To Grid

Whenever your solar system produces more electricity than you can use, the excess power flows back into the public grid. Then at night, when your system isn’t producing electricity, you simply buy power back.


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How Solar Works

For your convenience, our most common customer questions are answered right here. Not finding what you want? Reach out directly through our Contact Us page.

Q: How much electricity can a solar power system produce?

A: SOLENERGI can install systems producing anywhere from 5,000 to 130,000 kWh per year (worth anywhere from $500 – $15,000 per year).

Q: How much does a solar power system cost?

A: SOLENERGI installs systems that can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $100,000, however, we work with our customers to design a system that matches their energy needs, as well as their budget.

Q: How can SOLENERGI help make solar power more affordable for my home or business?

A: SOLENERGI works with customers to help them take advantage of tax credits and other incentives that help offset the costs of going solar. We also provide solar lease and power purchase agreement contracts that can last up to 30 years.

Q: How long will my Solar Panels last?

A: Solar panels currently being manufactured typically last about 25 years, and most of them have a warranty for the same period. We only use high quality panels to ensure efficiency and longevity.

Q: How do I maintain my solar power system over the years?

A: SOLENERGI strives to select modules that are low maintenance, but can provide support should any problems arise. This can include things like microinverter replacement as well as web-based system monitoring.

Q: How is the system designed?

A: SOLENERGI will work with you during a site assessment to analyze at least 12 consecutive months’ worth of electricity bills, determine tilt angles, shading around the property, and weather patterns in order to determine the appropriate size, design, and output of the system.

Q: What happens on cloudy days or when snow or leaves fall on the module?

A: With a grid-tied system, you won’t have to worry about not making enough electricity during off-peak hours or storing excess electricity during bright summer days. Instead, excess energy will be sold back to the power company and you can still purchase electricity when the panels don’t produce enough. This averages the output throughout the entire year.

Q: I live in the city and have a flat roof, can I still get solar panels?

A: Yes, SOLENERGI installs on a multitude of different roof styles. In fact, flat roofs are one of the most common designs we encounter. We can design parapet-to-parapet systems that ensure proper tilt angle and allow rain, snow, and leaves to pass underneath.

Q: Will I need a building permit in order to get a solar power system installed on my home or business?

A: Yes. You will need to obtain building permits to install a solar photovoltaic system. Depending on your jurisdiction, building, electrical, and plumbing codes may also apply. That said, SOLENERGI will take care of the necessary paperwork and ensure that your system complies with all regulations before performing the install.