How Solar Panels Work

The overall cost of solar energy has continued to drop over the past few years and the panels themselves are working to improve in their technical efficiency as well as their quality of manufacturing. Many business owners and homeowners across the US are starting to look toward solar as one of the best options for powering their property. As solar becomes more mainstream one of the most common questions that many solar installers have from their customers is how solar panels work. Throughout this article we’re going to break down how solar panels work for your property and just out easy it is to get solar power going. 

How Solar Energy Works

A solar power works by absorbing the sunlight through a photovoltaic cell. This generates a direct current energy which is then converted into an alternating current or AC energy through an inverter. AC energy flows through the system’s electrical panel and gets distributed accordingly across the system. 

The main steps include:

  • Photovoltaic cells absorbing the sun’s energy and converting it into DC electricity. 
  • A solar inverter converting the DC energy into AC electricity. 
  • Electricity flowing through your home powering electronic devices
  • Excess electricity from the solar panels being fed back to the electric grid. 

How are Solar Panels Able to Generate Electricity?

A standard solar panel consists of a series of silicon cells, a metal frame, a glass casing and a series of wiring that can direct the flow from the silicon cells. Silicon is a non-metal that has conductive properties that ensure that it will be able to absorb and convert sunlight into electricity. When the light interacts with the cell it will cause electrons to be sent out in motion, helping to produce energy! 

The effect for generating electricity and solar power was first discovered back in 1839 and it would eventually go on to produce a technology that is called semiconductor technology. The silicon photovoltaic solar cell will absorb radiation, the sun’s rays will interact with the silicon cell and then wires will capture it by direct current electricity and feed it into a solar inverter to be converted into power for your home. 

How Does the Grid Connection Work With a Solar Panel?

A great connection with your solar panel will work to keep your home solar panel progress paying you back. Many solar systems are set up with net metering which is an incentive that can improve the payback period of any solar power system. When your solar system begins overproducing extra power this can be exchanged for credits along your electricity bill. It also ensures that during the times where you’re experiencing a low amount of electricity production, you can use your credits to draw the extra energy that’s required for your household demand. Net metering can work as an all-in-one solution for your energy as well as the fastest way that you can pay back your solar energy requirements. 

Protection For Solar Panels

Any solar panel also comes with a glass exterior or a panel later for installation that has a protected back sheet. This protects the panel against heat dissipation and also prevents humidity from building up inside the panel. The insulation process is important to improving efficiency as well as protecting the panel itself. 

If you would like to learn more about power generation using solar panels contact us today and we can go through the process of using the best new solar technology with your home!

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