You probably understand the basics, but how does solar actually work and power your home?
Solar rays are essentially a form of power, they provide visible light and heat during the day. Thanks to technology, we can turn solar energy into electricity. The cells located within a solar panel collect the solar energy and the panel actually changes that energy into a useable form before directing it where we need it.
The solar cells located in your panels are usually small squares made of silicone and/or other conductive materials. Because these cells can conduct direct energy from one place to another, they are known as semi-conductors.
Photons are what sunlight is comprised of, when sunlight hits the solar cell, a chemical reaction takes place instantly. The photons are converted into electrons and direct current power is the result. However, before we can use the electricity, that direct current needs to be converted to alternating current power, which is done with an inverter located within the panels.
Because the sun eventually sets or is blocked by clouds, your solar panels will have to store the electricity it generated so that you can use it 24/7. There are various methods that solar systems use to store unused energy – whether it be on your city’s electrical grid, a battery, or in the solar panel itself. When your need is greater than the production, it then works in reverse, releasing the stored electricity and making it available for home use.
Powering Your Home
The wires that are attached from your solar system to your home route the energy so that you can access it through outlets in your home.
Contact us today to learn more about how solar energy can help you save money and help the environment!