How Solar Works


The sun’s light rays are absorbed by the photovoltaic (PV) solar cell collectors within a solar panel and generate a direct current (DC).  That current travels through electrical wiring encased in conduit to an inverter.  The inverter converts the DC current into alternating current (AC).  AC is the current that all of our homes and businesses run on.  This AC current is then sent into your electrical panel box for use within the building or sent back to the utility company.

Northeast Smart Energy will install an electric meter that will keep track of the power generated. Your utility meter keeps track of your utility usage.  Because your solar PV system produces electricity, your need for utility-supplied electricity is now substantially less, which in turn reduces your dependence on the utility company and reduces your electric bill.

How Do Solar Panels Make Electricity Anyway?

The Solar Cell or Wafer:

Solar energy is the energy derived from the sun through the form of solar radiationSolar powered electric generation relies on photovoltaics. That’s why we call solar panels PV panels. Photovoltaic panels are made up of many smaller cells or solar collectors to harness the energy. These cells or wafers are made up of very thinly sliced silicone layers that covert the solar radiation into D/C electricity.

The Solar Panel:

As many as 60 – 96 cells are in a solar panel depending on panel size and output.  The average home requires 30-40 panels (approximately 600 sq ft).  The average business requires 250 – 500 panels (5,000 – 10,000 sq. ft.).

Northeast Smart Energy can help you tap into this abundant renewable energy resource. Northeast Smart Energy offers a team of solar experts with the complete solar energy solution for home or business.  Start with a no obligation solar evaluation. Get yours today!