HOW IT WORKS
Solar is simple. Really. It is. We strive to make it that way. The panels we put on your roof produce electricity that you use in your home and get credited for by ConEd. Deciding on what model of solar you want might actually be the most difficult thing to do... everything else we handle for you.
During your solar consultation we look at your utility bill to see how much electricity you use and then try to build a system that meets your needs. How much electricity the system generates depends on how many panels we can fit on your roof according to our measurements and how much sunshine those panels will receive. Sometimes, due to limited roof space, we are unable to build a system that supplies 100% of your electric needs. In these cases, you might still purchase some electricity from your utility, albeit much less. You actually never disconnect from your utility. They are always there if you need extra power. Instead, you are taking advantage of what is called net metering, which allows you to generate electricity during the day, send excess electricity back into the grid and pull it back whenever you need it free of charge.
From a functional perspective, there is no difference in how you use electricity. It's business as usual. From a technical perspective, the panels generate electricity, a small pipe carries that electricity to the inverter where it is converted from direct to alternating current. Then the electricity will either go through your panel box and into your home or back out into the grid. What goes out into the grid is "net metered" and available for later use.