How Solar Works
What is Net-Metering?
Most of Morton Solar's systems utilize net-metering. Watch this short video to see how net-metering works and how to avoid the expenses that come with batteries when you use the grid store your power.
1. Solar Panels: Sunlight passes through solar cells (panel) which agitate electrons within the cell that are then routed into a current or flow of electrons. This flow of electrons is electricity.
2. Inverter: The electricity produced by solar panels is direct current or DC, but the utility grid uses alternating current or AC. The inverter changes DC into AC making it compatible with your home.
3. Utility Meter: If you produce more than you use, the extra electricity will pass back through your utility meter, literally running your meter backwards.
4. Utility Grid: In a grid-tied application you are always connected to the grid for when you use more electricity than your system can produce. If the power goes out, your system will stop producing in accordance with the National Electric Code. This protects workers working on the lines trying to restore power.
5. Electrical Panel: Once the inverter does its job, the electricity from your array passes through your electrical panel and is consumed by your home or business.
Batteries: In most cases, batteries are not necessary. In the rare case that they are, Morton is happy to educate on how battery back-ups work, and their benefits.