HOW DO SOLAR PANELS WORK?
Solar panels collect clean renewable energy in the form of sunlight and convert that light into electricity which can then be used to provide power for electrical loads. Solar panels are comprised of several individual solar cells which are themselves composed of layers of silicon, phosphorous (which provides the negative charge), and boron (which provides the positive charge). Solar panels absorb the photons and in doing so initiate an electric current. The resulting energy generated from photons striking the surface of the solar panel allows electrons to be knocked out of their atomic orbits and released into the electric field generated by the solar cells which then pull these free electrons into a directional current. This entire process is known as the Photovoltaic Effect. An average home has more than enough roof area for the necessary number of solar panels to produce enough solar electricrity to supply all of its power needs excess electricity generated goes onto the main power grid, paying off in electricity use at night.
5 Reasons to Install Solar Panels
1. Provides Clean, Renewable Energy
2. Gives You Freedom and Control Over Electricity
3. You May Save on Your Current Utility Bill
4. Qualifies for Tax Breaks
5. Costs Have Fallen
5 Benefits of Solar Energy to the Environment
1. Reduces Air Pollution
2. Reduce Water Usage
3. Reduces Dependence On Nonrenewable Energy Sources
4. Improves Humanity’s Health In The Long-run
5. Helps Fight Climate Change