How Solar Works

Photovoltaics describe the conversion of sunlight into electrical energy using solar cells.  An innovation that literally outshines other energy technologies. Instead of obtaining your electricity from a source several kilometres away, you can produce the energy at home.

Design of a photovoltaic system: 

Before the sun can be turned into electricity, the sunlight must first hit the solar module.

  • The solar module,  the electricity generator, is the blue element on the roof, which is mounted securely using a mounting system. Each photovoltaic module consists of several interconnected solar cells. Solar cells function by converting sunlight into direct current. However, this electricity cannot be used directly and is therefore routed to the inverter.
  • The inverter is used to convert the solar direct current from the solar modules into alternating current that is suitable for your home with minimum possible loss.
  • Meters similar to normal electricity meters are used to accurately record the system yield, the electricity fed into the grid and own consumption (link to the own consumption page).
  • Monitoring systems check that the system is operating correctly ensuring the best possible yields.

Your solar energy system – this is how it works!

Learn more about construction and functionalities of a solar energy system.

Your solar energy system

1: Solar generator

Consists of several solar modules. Produces direct current out of sunlight.

2: Mounting system

Mounts the modules onto the roof.

 3: Inverter

Converts direct current coming from the generator into alternating current. The electricity can then be fed back into the public power grid.

4: Energy meter

Additional meters measure the power output of your solar energy system as well as the amount of power consumed within your household.

5: Monitoring system

Controls the smooth operation of your solar power system and documents your own energy consumption.

6: Switch Board