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Photovoltaic (PV) panels convert sunlight directly into electricity.

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The system consists of:

Solar PV Panels — Generate DC electricity

* Inverter — Converts the DC to standard AC electricity which is compatible with the electrical grid and capable of powering electrical devices.

Utility Meter — Tracks the solar electricity which your system produces and feeds to the utility grid, thereby keeping track of your credit from the utility.

A grid-tied solar electric system can generate power on-site to supply a home or business which is connected to the utility grid and offset the usage from the utility company. Grid-tied systems are the most common types of solar systems.

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