Solar Basics

How Solar Works – Solar Panels and Power

The following pages are designed to provide you with all the information you need to consider whether solar is right for your home.  If you already know home solar basics and just want to find out how much it would cost to go solar please fill out the signup form so someone can get back with you.

  1. How Solar Panels Work
  2. The Different Types of Solar Panels
  3. Solar Panel Efficiency and the Factors that Affect it
  4. Solar Equipment: Inverters, Solar Panels, and Sunlight. What else do you need?
  5. The Nitty-Gritty on Solar Roofing
  6. The Truth about Solar Batteries and Battery Back-up Systems
  7. Solar Maintenance & Monitoring: A Five-Minute Guide
  8. 12 Ways to Increase Home Energy Efficiency Before Installing Solar Panels
  9. Solar Economics: How Much Solar Costs and Its Financial Benefits
  10. Solar Performance Guarantees and how they work
  11. Microinverters explained
  12. How net metering works
  13. Cleaning Solar Panels

More Resources:

  • Solar Power FAQ
  • Solar Power Video FAQ
  • Top 10 Solar Myths
  • How Solar Panels Add Value to your Home
  • Solar Webinars
  • One Block Off the Grid Solar Videos
  • Take our Solar Quiz

As you read this guide, bear in mind there is no one-size-fits-all solar system. Your neighbor might have an identical home, but your rooftops may differ in terms of the amount of sunlight and shade each one receives. You may also have different power needs. For example, you may have a hot tub, a utility freezer, and an electric car (all big energy draws) while your neighbor may have none of these things. Despite such differences, there are many commonalities in the solar process, and that’s what we discuss in the above pages.