How a Solar Energy System Works. If you want a more eco-friendly home, a natural step is to purchase a solar energy system. After all, the sun’s energy has been cleanly shining down on us in Muskogee for hundreds of years. Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. offers the Lennox® SunSource® Energy System to help you create a more efficient home that doesn’t heavily rely on oil and gas. Just how does this system work? Put simply, the system uses solar modules, made up of photovoltaic (PV) cells, to take in energy from the sun and convert it to electricity. After this process, the electricity will power appliances, lights and other electrical devices in your home – from your HVAC systems to your computer. Grid-tied PV systems If you’re located in or around Muskogee, you will want a grid-tied PV system. These are the most affordable solar energy systems, and they’re connected to your utility company’s power grid – hence the name grid-tied. This enables you to use solar energy from your system when the PVs are collecting energy and use electricity from the grid when the system isn’t gathering energy. In addition, grid-tied systems let your system feed surplus energy back into the grid, which will make your meter spin backwards. This process is called net-metering. The backward spin allows you to save on utility expenses that are decided based on how far forward your meter has spun. Please note that most solar rebates and incentives are only available if your system is grid-tied. The other option is a stand-alone PV system, which is more costly. Stand-alone systems are not tied to the utility grid and are good options when your home is in a remote location, or too far a distance from a utility service or power lines. Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. in Muskogee is ready to help with your solar energy system questions. Give us a call at 918-682-8238 or book an appointment online.