How a Solar Energy System Works. If you want a more eco-friendly home, a natural step is to install a solar energy system. After all, the sun’s energy has been shining down on us in Downriver for thousands of years. Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning offers the Lennox® SunSource® Energy System to help you create a more efficient home that doesn’t heavily rely on oil and gas. But how does this system work? In a sentence: the system uses solar modules, made up of photovoltaic (PV) cells, to take in energy from the sun and convert it to electricity. Afterwards, the electricity will power appliances, lights and other electrical devices in your home – from your HVAC systems to your computer. Grid-tied PV systems If you’re located in or around Wyandotte, you’re likely going to want a grid-tied PV system. These are the most affordable solar energy systems, and they’re linked to your utility company’s power grid – hence the name grid-tied. This lets you use solar energy from your system when the PVs are collecting energy and use electricity from the grid at night, or when the system isn’t gathering energy. In addition, grid-tied systems allow your system to feed extra energy back into the grid, which will make your meter spin backwards. This is the process of net-metering. The backward spin lets you save on utility expenses that are determined by how far forward your meter has spun. It’s important to note that most solar rebates and incentives are only available if your system is grid-tied. The other option is a stand-alone PV system, which is more expensive. Stand-alone systems are not connected to the utility grid and are fine options when your home is in a remote location, far away from a utility service or power lines. Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning in Wyandotte is eager to help with your solar energy system questions. Give us a call at 734-363-8907 or schedule an appointment online.