What Happens When the Sun Goes Down?
Solar doesn’t work at night. But that’s okay! At night your solar panels and inverter power down. The inverter isn’t running overnight because it doesn’t want to draw power. Instead it’ll wake back up when the sun shines in the morning.
Your home and solar system are connected to the utility grid. On long, sunny days, your solar panels pour power past the meter – running it backwards – racking up credits on your utility bill. You draw down those credits overnight or during the darker, winter months. This is all thanks to a process called net-metering. It’s that simple.