How solar works

Vivint Solar takes the power plants, transformers, and other complicated infrastructure of traditional power out of the energy equation. Just the sun, channeled directly to your home.

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Solar panels installed on home

Step 1: Solar panels collect sunlight

Every panel used in a Vivint Solar installation is made up of photovoltaic (or PV) cells. When sunlight hits your solar panels, the PV cells produce direct current (or DC) electricity.

solar power microinverter

Step 2: Power is converted into usable electricity

On the back of each solar panel is a microinverter. The microinverter converts DC electricity into alternating current (or AC) electricity, the type of usable electricity needed to power your home.

solar power net meter

Step 3: Electricity flows into the net meter

Usable electricity flows from the panels, and into the net meter. The net meter is just like a standard utility meter, but it measures the electricity you’re drawing from the grid, and the excess electricity your solar panels are producing and sending into the grid.

home powered by solar panels

Step 4: Use the electricity produced by the sun

After flowing through the net meter, electricity is distributed into your home to power things like your refrigerator, air conditioner, and other appliances. If your solar panels don’t produce enough energy for your needs, additional power is drawn from the grid.

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