How does solar power work?

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  • 1 Solar panels convert sunlight into DC electricity.
  • 2 The DC electricity is fed into your inverter which converts it into 240 volt AC electricity to power your home.
  • 3 The solar electricity your system generates is used by appliances in the home.
  • 4 Any excess electricity is recorded by your power meter and immediately fed back to the grid.
  • 5 At night, or if your demand exceeds what your home is generating, power is drawn from the grid.