How Solar Works

A solar panel system is made up of three basic parts: solar panels, an inverter and a solar gateway. Understanding the relationship between these parts helps homeowners realize the benefits of solar power and transitioning to a sustainable lifestyle. 

Energy Generation

Solar panels capture the sunlight hitting your roof and convert it into electricity, which then goes through an inverter that converts this electricity into the renewable energy that powers your home. 

Energy Monitoring

The solar gateway monitors your energy production and allows you to track your energy usage on your mobile device via the Tesla app.

Energy Storage

When your home solar panels produce more energy than you need, this excess energy can be stored in the Tesla rechargeable home battery, Powerwall. This stored energy can be used at any time, including after the sun sets or when there is a grid outage. To learn more about how solar panels and Powerwall work together, read about combining systems

Alternatively, if your home solar panels produce more energy than you need, you can export energy back to the grid for credits if you’re in a Net Energy Metering (NEM) area. Learn more about Net Energy Metering.


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