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How Solar Works

The sun is a valuable energy source. Check out how energy from the sun is converted into energy for your home.

Electricity is converted directly from solar energy through solar cells known as photovoltaic cells – "photo" for light and "voltaic" for energy. This is what most people commonly think of when it comes to solar energy. Normally mounted on the roof or in a location with maximum sun exposure, the photovoltaic (PV) array components convert energy from the sun into electric current to power appliances and other devices through your home electrical system. A PV system requires little maintenance and may produce power for more than 20 years.