How does solar energy work for the home?

Here is a simple diagram that shows how you can generate your own clean and more affordable energy from sunlight using EastWest Solar systems for your home.


orange-number-1-filled-64Solar Panels

When the sunlight hits the solar cells on a rooftop solar panel, it converts particles of sunlight (photons) into electrons of direct current (DC) electricity.


Since our homes use alternating current (AC) electricity, the inverter converts the DC electricity generated by the solar panels so it can be used as AC electricity.

orange-number-3-filled-64Monitoring System

Allows us to monitor your system’s solar power production, catch any potential problems, and repair them—usually before you even notice there’s an issue.

orange-number-4-filled-64Electrical Panel/Breaker Box

The AC electricity out from your inverter is then sent to your house’s electrical panel where it in turn powers all that is connected to it, such as lights, appliances, etc.

orange-number-5-filled-64Utility Meter

The utility meter measures your energy use. You can be sure that this will go down considerably once your system is in place. In some instances, the meter will actually go backwards when your system produces excess energy and it goes to the grid.

orange-number-6-filled-64Utility Grid

Your home is still connected to the grid so when the sun goes down at night you’ll still be powered. Don’t worry though, the cost is offset by any excess solar energy you put into the grid during the day via the *Net Metering agreement.