How Solar Works The solar process made easy. Find out how solar panels can provide your home with affordable, renewable power. Follow the steps below to learn moreabout the process. 1 2 3 4 Solar panels convert the sunlight directly into raw electricity, also known as direct current energy. Inverters convert direct current energy to alternating current energy so that it matches what your home uses. The electricity flows through the meter. With net metering, you could receive credits from your utility company for excess solar production. 1 Energy is delivered to your home the same way it is today, only now that energy is coming from your rooftop and is clean, renewable and sustainable. 1. Solar Panels 2. Power inverter 3. Meter 4. Your Energy 1Availability of net metering credits depends on utility territory and may change over time. Contact an NRG Home Solar representative for details.