Grid-Tie: the Basics of Grid-Tie Systems
Grid-Tie Systems consist of the following aspects:
1. Solar Panels
Solar Panels mounted on the roof or ground
convert sunlight into DC power.
This power is sent to an inverter which converts
it into AC power – identical to that being sent
to you from the utility company.
3. Electrical Panel
Power travels from the inverter to your electrical service box. The power from the electrical
panel will be distributed to any electrical loads in your home.
4. Utility Meter
When excess power is produced by the solar panels, the power will flow into the grid
through your electric meter. You are now “legally spinning your electric meter
backwards” and are in essence, providing power to your neighbor.
5. Utility Grid
The utility grid automatically provides electricity when needed – at night and during
the day when your demand exceeds your solar production.