How New York State is helping homeowners and business owners
harvest the sun for clean, reliable, and cheap energy
How Do Solar Panels Work
Solar panels work via the Photovoltaic effect, in which photons released from the sun knock loose electrons from their atoms in solar cells. These loose electrons then flow through positive and negative conductors attached to the solar cells, creating an electrical current.
In a traditional New York Net Metering model, your solar system will be connected to the grid via your utility meter. At any given point if your home uses more electricity than your solar system produces, your homes electricity will be supplemented from the grid. However, if your solar system produces more electricity than what is being used that electricity will be sent to the grid and you receive a credit with your utility company that offsets future withdraws from the grid.