How Solar Works

Solar technology converts sunlight into electricity you can use to power your home. Solar power is pollution-free energy that reduces your dependence on power generated from other sources, such as coal. But how does solar really work?

From the sun to your home

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During the day, light from the sun hits solar panels at the solar farm. The sunlight contains photons, which convert to electricity.



Electricity is sent from the solar farm to the grid.



Electricity is sent from the grid to your home.


Make It Solar is an easy, affordable way to harness the sun

Whether you live in a house, apartment or condo, the Make It Solar program from Reliant gives you the benefits of solar energy without rooftop panels. For a small monthly charge, 100% of your electricity usage is offset with Texas and national solar renewable energy certificates. 

Nothing changes about your electricity plan. You’re simply doing your part to support clean solar-sourced energy, whenever you flip a switch.1

To find out more, call 1-866-RELIANT.


Reliant supports solar energy without rooftop panels

The Reliant Local Solar plan supports 100% locally sourced electricity from solar farms in Houston and Dallas.

If you want to support solar energy, but don’t want the hassle and maintenance of installing solar panels on your roof, the Reliant Local Solar plan supports 100% locally sourced Texas solar energy, at a low fixed price up to 5 years, without the cancellation fees.

Get more details about the Reliant Local Solar plan › 


Reliant Simple Solar Sell Back plan

If you already have solar panels installed, you may be interested in an electricity plan that allows you to sell your excess solar energy back to the power grid. The Reliant Simple Solar Sell Back plan, available to customers in Texas, gives you a low price on electricity when you need conventional power and allows you to sell back any excess electricity you generate from your home's solar panels.2

Get more details about the Reliant Simple Solar Sell Back plan ›

Terms, conditions and other restrictions

Reliant will use commercially reasonable efforts to offset 100% of your electricity usage with solar renewable energy certificates in support of the Make It Solar program. Reliant will not be liable for damages associated with any delay or failure to perform as a result of a force majeure event that prevents us from performing our obligations in whole or in part. Neither Reliant nor you shall be liable for any indirect, special, consequential, incidental or punitive damages for claims arising under this program. Reliant makes no representations or warranties, and we expressly disclaim all other warranties, written or oral, express or implied, including any warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

2 A dual-register meter beyond the Smart Meter may be required to measure generation and consumption. The customer’s home generation system must be connected to the grid by their TDSP to receive monthly payments for their surplus generation as reported by their TDSP. The customer must be located in a competitive ERCOT market.