How Solar PV Works

Solar photovoltaic (or PV for short) panels, is a technology in which daylight is converted into electrical power. Energy from the sun is used to create electricity that will operate electrical appliances and lighting.

STEP ONE: Photovoltaic panels convert daylight into DC (direct current).

STEP TWO: An inverter (a small box usually placed in the loft area) converts the electricity from DC into domestically useable alternating current (AC).

STEP THREE: The power is then sent straight to the home’s fuse box.

STEP FOUR: When the solar PV system produces more energy than is needed, the power is exported to the national grid.

STEP FIVE: At night, power is imported from the grid in the normal way.