How Does Solar Energy Work?

How does solar energy work and why should you harness it?solar-diagram

Solar energy is one of the best ways to save money when it comes to home energy savings.

Solar energy (the sun) can be used to power your T.V., refrigerator, air conditioner, water heater, and virtually all of your household appliances.

In short, solar energy works not only to save money on utility bills, but to potentially make you money when it feeds electricity back to your local utility company.

The concept is fascinating!

Solar panels are designed to collect energy from the sun and convert this energy into electricity. This conversion process is called “photovotaic”, which means…Turning the light (photo) into electricity (voltaic).

Solar panels are made up of solar cells which are responsible for generating energy within a solar power system.

Silicon is the most common material used to produce these solar cells.

These solar cells are able to generate direct current (DC), when stimulated by photons (light).

Solar cells are made of semi-conductors, which when exposed to the sun’s rays, causes a chemical reaction that frees the electrons from the atoms that they belong to…which creates electricity in the form of direct current (DC).

DC power is not used for most of our household purposes. Therefore, we take this DC power and send it through an inverter which transforms the direct current (DC) into alternating current (AC).

This alternating current ends up at 120v (The most common voltage used).

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