February 27, 2017
Solar panel on home's roof with sunflower

It is common in the San Antonio area for solar panel systems to be tied into the grid. This offer the much-needed security of always having power, and options to sell your power back to your energy provider when your solar panels are producing more electricity than you can use.

HOW GRID SYSTEMS WORK

Connecting your solar panel system to the grid is easy, but the energy that the solar panels produce are not initially compatible with what is used on the grid. A solar panel produces direct current (DC) electricity, which stores better, and the grid uses active current (AC) which travels distances better. An inverter will convert the (DC) output of a solar panel into AC current.

The inverter then sends electricity to an electrical circuit breaker which splits up your electrical power supply into designated circuits.

The circuit breaker box is also where your local utility provider will attach a connection to the grid. The grid connection goes through a meter box that keeps track of electricity usage. The meter box will spin in a clockwise rotation when electricity is going into your home, and spin in a counterclockwise rotation when it leaves your home.

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED FOR GRID-CONNECTED SYSTEMS

To connect your solar system to the grid, you will need proper permitting and electrical licensing. This is not a task for do it yourself solar installers, and you will need your local utility provider to install the connection. Hooking a solar panel to the grid may not seem to be a large task, but your system will affect the entire layout and design of the utility grid. To avoid damage and other hazards your electrical utility provider will take the final steps of installing your solar panels to the grid.

At Cam Solar, we cover the entirety of your solar project, from picking the right system to getting it hooked up to the grid. When working with such a large investment it is best to leave the dangerous work to the professionals.

BENEFITS

While many people want solar independent lifestyles, being connected to the grid has many benefits. You will not need to invest in a battery backup system to have a constant flow of electricity for your home. And you will not need to use gas-powered backup generators if your solar panels are damaged or are under producing electricity. And lastly, If your grid-connected system produces ample energy and your household doesn’t have to draw from the public grid, you’ll receive no energy bill for that month.

For more information about your solar options, get a free solar evaluation from CAM Solar today. We have years of experience working on solar projects and can help you through the steps of installing a solar panel system for your home. Contact us today!

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