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?

How Solar Works

From the sun to your home

  1. During the day, light from the sun hits solar panels installed on your roof. The sunlight contains photons, which the panels convert into direct current (DC) electricity. The sunnier it is, the more energy your panels can produce.
  2. The panels convert sunlight into DC electricity, but your home needs alternating current (AC) electricity to power your TV, refrigerator and other electrical devices plugged into wall sockets. Inverters attached to your panels convert the DC power to AC power.
  3. The electricity produced by the solar panels flows through your smart meter. If you produce more electricity than you need, the excess flows back out onto the electrical grid. With the Reliant Simple Solar Sell Back plan, you could receive sell-back credits for this surplus solar production.
  4. Clean, renewable electricity is now flowing through your home.

What you can do

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.* 

Get more details about the Reliant Simple Solar Sell Back plan

Terms, conditions and other restrictions
*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.