How Solar Works


How Solar Works

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Solar Panels

The solar panels are made up of photovoltaic (PV) cells, which convert sunlight into direct current (DC) electricity throughout the day.

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This device converts the DC electricity generated by the solar panels into the alternating current (AC) electricity that your building uses.

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Electrical Panel

The AC electricity is sent from the inverter to your electrical panel to provide power for general use in the building.

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Utility Meter

As part of the solar installation, we will replace your meter with a “bi-directional meter”, which will allow measurement of how much energy is used, as well as how much energy you put back on the grid.

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Utility Grid

Solar power works in tandem with utility grid power, so your building can utilize grid power whenever the sun isn’t shining, or if the solar energy produced doesn’t meet all the building’s needs. Any excess solar energy produced can also be fed onto the grid and credited to your bill at retail rates - this is called “net metering”.

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Monitoring System

We include a user-friendly monitoring package with every solar project. This allows you to see what and how much power your array is producing, in real time, and historically.

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Environmental Impact

Estimated lifetime offsets for our solar arrays

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Why Solar

Benefits of Solar

Solar has gone mainstream, due to its many proven benefits, including:

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Save on Bills

Solar cuts your electric bill and saves you money immediately. Solar provides a strong return on investment.

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Solar provides a visible, tangible symbol of commitment, and a smart use of technology. Whether your stated goal is environmental responsibility, or just smart energy decisions, solar is seen as a positive and progressive improvement, by employees, shareholders, and the public.

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Facility Investment

Solar is a property improvement that adds value to your facility. Facilities with solar sell for higher prices due to higher Net Operating Income (NOI) and fetch higher rent, in most markets.

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Indirect ROI

Many of our clients cite additional financial benefits as a result of free press coverage and consumer loyalty.

Learn More

Ready to learn more about how solar works? We answer all of your questions in Solar Energy, Explained with our very own solar expert, Erik!

Why Choose Us

Pivot Energy is a national leader in the development of onsite solar projects and small utility solar projects, including community solar.