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How Solar Works

Solar PV (photovoltaic) panels produce electricity from daylight, different from the less efficient, dated, solar thermal (water heating) technology.

Homeowners can also use your PV system to heat your hot water.How Solar Works

a) Solar panels allow light particles (photons) to knock electrons free from atoms inside the solar cells, generating a Direct Current (DC).

b) An inverter converts the Direct Current (DC) to an Alternating Current (AC) - your mains electricity.

c) The electricity is used in your house initially, and if not needed, is automatically exported to the national grid. You will also continue to buy electricity from your supplier, if you use more than your panels are generating. You are free to change energy provider at any time.

The standard system size for residential properties is 4Kw. Anything larger than this requires approval from your Distribution Network Operator.

This is the snow-covered version of our 'Greenscape Street' image, with the Energy Shop, fields and solar panels. Happy Christmas!