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Solar Energy Systems: How They Work.

The sun is already expelling incredible amounts of energy. Why not put it to work in your own home? With the Lennox® SunSource® Energy System we have available at Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing in Bakersfield, you can limit your dependence on oil and gas and lower your utility bills.

But how exactly does this happen?

The easiest way to explain a solar energy system is that the system uses solar modules made of photovoltaic (PV) cells to take in energy from the sun and convert it to electricity. This electricity will then power light, appliances and electrical devices in your home.

Grid-tied PV systems

This is the most common and least expensive residential solar system. The SunSource Energy System we offer is grid-tied, which means it’s connected to your utility company’s power grid or power stations. Grid-tied enables you to use your solar energy system to power your home. On occasions when the system isn’t generating electricity, your home will receive power through the utility grid.

Additionally, when your system produces more electricity than you will use, it will be fed back into the grid through the process of net-metering. With net-metering, your meter spins forward if you’re using electricity from the grid and backward when you’re putting your SunSource System’s electricity back into the grid.

*Note: Most rebates and incentives that make a solar energy system easier to afford are only available when your system is grid-tied.

Stand-alone PV systems are an alternative for those in remote areas without utility service, but they’re considerably more expensive. A stand-alone system is not tied to a utility grid and provide for a home’s entire energy consumption.

Ready to go solar? Call Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing at 661-437-3499 or schedule a consultation online. We’re able to help with all your Bakersfield area solar energy system needs.