Hartford Office:

(860) 982-7075

Ridgefield Office:

(203) 733-4164

85-B Meadow St. Hartford, CT 06114

52 Catoonah St. Ridgefield, CT 06877

How Solar Works

Solar panels collect the energy derived from the sun’s rays through the form of solar radiation. Solar powered electric generation relies on photovoltaics (aka “PV”)… That’s why we call solar panels “PV panels”.

A photovoltaic solar panel is comprised of many smaller cells, or solar collectors, which are used to harness the sun’s energy.

These cells or wafers are made up of very thinly sliced silicone layers that convert the solar radiation into D/C electricity.

The solid state nature of solar photovoltaics makes them extremely durable, which is only one of their many benefits.

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As many as 60 – 96 cells are in a solar panel depending on panel size and output. The average home requires 20-40 panels (approximately 350 – 700 sq ft). The average business requires 250 – 500 panels (5,000 – 10,000 sq. ft.).

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, even in New England. This in turn reduces your dependence on the utility company and reduces your electric bill.