Solar energy is the energy generated by the sun as radiated heat and light. This renewable resource can be harnessed in the form of electric or thermal energy. Since it is considered a clean energy source, solar energy is one of the most promising sources for generating power. The sun’s energy can be captured by using a variety of technologies, though you may be more used to hearing about photovoltaic (PV) technology. This technology converts the sun’s energy into electricity using photovoltaic cells.
How do solar panels usually work?
Solar panels are designed to convert sunlight into solar energy using N-type and P-type semiconductor material. When the sun heats the solar panels, material inside (usually silicon) absorbs the energy. This causes the electrons to be released, forming an electrical current. The inverter will then convert this electricity from Directed Current (DC) to the Alternating Current (AC) we normally use. The electricity will then flow from the break boxes to the outlets to electrical items.