Your Green Energy Connection

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Solar panels produce  high-voltage direct current; your house runs on 110-volt alternating current. In order to use your solar panels to power your house and reduce your electric bills, you need a photovoltaic (pv) inverter.

Leo Portugal has been working in the East Bay’s “Green Corridor” with companies like Solar City, Rising Sun Energy Center, and Advanced Home Energy, installing PV inverters to connect solar cell arrays to residential electrical panels (that means your circuit breaker) and the power grid. The solar inverter is usually mounted next to your panel on an outside wall of your house.

Solar (pv) inverter mounted next to residential electrical panel

Solar (pv) inverter mounted next to residential electrical panel. Solar installation done under supervision of Advanced Home Energy. Photo by Stefan Didak.