How Solar Panels Work

Solar 101

So you’ve read all about the benefits of solar energy but you’re not sure how the systems actually work. Not to worry! Here is where we’re going to tell you all about the technical side of solar energy production: How the panels work, what choices you have when it comes to equipment, and how your relationship changes with the power company once your solar energy system is running and producing power.

solar panels 

The panels are the most visible part of any solar energy system and are the first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about solar power.  There are an abundance of solar panel options available to consumers.  Our staff will help with narrowing your selection to the top choices for value, reliability, efficiency and warranty.

There is a lot of science that goes into converting the energy that comes from the sun into the energy that powers your refrigerator. Your solar panels are essentially a group of silicone wafers and cells that are capable of collecting the electrical energy that is created when they are hit by the suns arrays.  The energy these panels create depends on the amount of sunlight they are capable of collecting.  The energy output by the panels is measured in DC wattage.  There are many different sizes and wattages available for different applications.

Panels come in a few different types and each type has its own trade-offs. Our sales staff will walk you through the differences between monocrystalline, and polycrystalline panels and help guide you on the best choice for your energy needs.


Mounting the panels to your roof

Solar panels are mounted to your roof very, very precisely and a lot of information is taken into consideration when determining the ideal mount points for your panels. As such, all of our installers are certified and recognized by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, or NABCEP. This certification is the gold standard by which solar equipment technicians and installers are judged.

 Our certified installers will start by making sure that the points are ideally placed to ensure maximum exposure to the sun during peak production times. We will also need to make sure that the points are structurally sound enough to withstand the additional weight of your solar energy system for the next 25 years.

PE Solar only uses the top of the line racking and mounting system with proven leak free designs.  Our roof penetrations are always neat and properly flashed using ASTM International roofing standards.    


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