How Solar Works

Solar energy seems like a complicated technology, but it’s actually quite simple. Below we explain the technology behind three different types of solar systems in a few easy steps.

Choose the solar system you want to learn about:

Solar Electric System
Solar Pool Heating System
Solar Hot Water System


How a Solar Electric System Works

Join thousands of Southern Californians in making the switch to solar energy by installing solar electric panels on your roof.

1) Sun Shines on the Solar Panels

Throughout the day (even when it’s overcast or rainy), sunlight hits your solar panels and goes through a photovoltaic process converting it to DC electricity.

2) Inverter Changes Energy into Usable Electricity

From your solar panels, energy goes to the inverter (or micro-inverters) where it’s changed from DC electricity into AC electricity that you can use.

3) Power Up with Solar Energy

Use solar energy to power your home or business.  Have more than you need?  Send it back to the utility grid and receive credits for the overproduction.

4) Save Money on Your Electric Bill

Sit back, relax and take advantage of the solar savings: saving money by lowering your electric bill and saving the environment by using clean, renewable energy.


How a Solar Pool Heating System Works

Nothing is worse than jumping into a cold swimming pool.  With solar pool panels, you can heat your pool with solar energy to bring down your utility bills and extend your swimming season.

1) Pumping Water to the Solar Panels

During the daytime, cold water from your swimming pool is pumped to the panels on the roof by your pool pump (which is already installed).

2) Solar Energy Heats Up the Water

Water circulates through the solar pool panels where it is heated by sun.  Then, it’s returned to the swimming pool, which warms up the pool’s temperature.

3) Get the Perfect Pool Temperature

This process continues until your desired temperature is reached (78° F to 85° F).  Once your pool is warm enough, simply turn off the flow through the panels so that the pool doesn’t get too hot.

4) Swim More without the High Cost

Now that you don’t have to worry about the expense of heating your swimming pool with a gas or electric heater, you can swim more than before.  In fact, most solar pools in Southern California are swimmable from April through October.

5) Solar Pool Heater in the Winter

From November to March (or whenever the outside temperature drops below 70° F), the degree to which your pool can be heated by solar will be reduced significantly.  We recommend using a pool cover or blanket to trap in heat when the pool is not in use.  You may also consider augmenting your pool heating with a traditional method during the winter months.


How a Solar Hot Water System Works

AMECO Solar has been installing solar hot water panels since the company was founded in 1974.  Rely on this durable, cost-effective solar equipment to provide hot water for your home or business.

1) Moving Cold Water to the Solar Panels

When the solar collectors on the roof are warmer than the water tank, a pump is activated and moves the water up to your roof.

2) Heating Provided by Solar Energy

Water is heated by the sun while it’s circulated through the rooftop solar collectors returns back to your water tank.  Usually the solar-heated water is stored in a separate tank from your regular water heater (or tankless heater) so that whenever you use hot water, the fluid entering your conventional heater has already been heated.  It’s only during bad weather that you will need to use your regular water heater.

3) Use Solar-Heated Water and Save

Whether you are doing dishes, running a load of laundry or taking a shower, you can now use water heated by the sun and save money on your utility bills.

4) No Need to Fight for a Hot Shower

In sunny Southern California, a solar hot water system should provide 80% of your hot water needs.  Adding a solar hot water tank means that those cold showers should be a thing of the past!