kWh: What is it and how does it work?
kWh, or kilowatt hour, is a measure of energy. It isn't necessarily the number of kilowatts you use per hour, but a unit of measurement that equates to the amount of energy you would use if you had a 1,000 watt appliance running for an hour.
The sun produces enough energy in 15 minutes to supply the world with electricity for a year.
By using today’s solar panel technology, the free solar energy that is produced and is hitting your roof every day can be utilized, helping you hedge against increasing power rates, limiting our dependence on foreign energy, and providing an incredible return on environment.
From sun rays to DC power / Inverter to AC power
Solar panels produce a direct current or DC which then goes through an inverter that becomes an alternating current or AC. An alternating current is the electricity that we use in our homes, just like the electricity supplied by your power company.
This is a system in which your solar panels are connected to a utility power grid, so when your panels generate more energy than you consume, it transfers onto the grid allowing you to consume that energy at another time when you do need it.
Ideal places for solar
If you're wondering the best place to put solar panels on your home or business, the factors you want to consider are at which direction the property or roof is facing, the angle or tilt of the roof, the roof's strength, the kind of weather you experience year round such as rain, hail, and snow, and any obstructions that can result in shading.