The thought of going green and installing solar panels on your roof is exciting for most of us, but do you really understand how solar works? Hopefully this page will give you a better understanding of the ins and outs of solar energy.
Photovoltaic (PV) or solar cells convert sunlight into electricity. When light strikes the semiconductor material of a solar cell, it releases electrons that generate electric current.
A solar panel or PV panel is a frame with several connected solar cells. The more solar panels are connected together, the more electricity is produced.
Solar panels produce direct current (DC), not alternating current (AC) electricity. We connect the solar panels to an inverter, which changes the current from DC to AC electricity.
This clean electricity from the sun can replace power from the national grid or a generator and eliminates all the harm of power from fossil fuels.