The operation of the system is simple and automatic, with solar modules converting usable sunlight into clean, renewable electricity. Each module is comprised of several cells wired together in series. When sunlight strikes the modules, electrons embedded in the cells generate an electric current. Wires from the modules carry the electricity into the garage where it passes through 12 inverters. The inverters change the electricity from direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC) and deliver it to the garage’s main electrical panel, making the power immediately available for use by the garage lighting and heating systems.
When the array generates more power than the garage needs, the energy is fed back into the grid for credit from ComEd. A web-based remote monitoring system will allow the public and the Village to obtain real-time information about the array’s performance, as information is captured from a dedicated weather station installed as part of the system.