By Hilary Jordan (COM)
February 19, 2018
Welcome and thank you for visiting Stateline Solar’s webpage! Stateline Solar is a budding solar panel installation, maintenance and repair company rooted in Freeport, IL. We aim to make solar energy a common source of green energy amongst all Midwest homes.
So why solar energy in the Midwest?
Why not!? The Midwest has excellent optimal hours of daylight all year round, is an agriculturally rich area that solar could benefit any farm set-up – large or small, and we are a Midwest based company; so, we understand this area, know the people, and will always work to benefit our beautiful region. The only thing you need to have a beneficial solar panel array is the sun, and we know that will be working for us every day, all year.
How does solar work?
The sun rises and sets every day. In those hours between, particles of sunlight (protons) are cast across the earth. Solar panels can convert those protons into electrons of direct current (DC) electricity. The electrons then flow from the solar panel to an inventer, which converts the DC electricity, or power, to alternating current (AC) power. AC power is what households use to power electronics when plugged into a wall outlet.
If the solar panels produce more electricity than needed, then the unused energy will automatically be sent to the electrical grid through the electrical meter and credit will be given for the excessive kilowatt hours (kWh) produced. We call this policy net metering. When this happens the electric meter will actually run backwards. During the hours no protons are reaching the solar panels, such as night time, the electricity utilized will pull from the electrical grid as normal. With the previous excess energy given back to the electrical grid, credits are gained, and utilities will bill for a net consumption for a given billing period.