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Solar Panels

How Do Solar Panels Work?


How do solar panels work?Solar panels work by converting sunlight directly into electricity through a process called photovoltaics (PV).

Photovoltaics occur in materials that exhibit the “photoelectric effect,” which is when photons in sunlight knock electrons in the material free. As long as there is a circuit to travel through, the freed electrons move in a direct electrical current, known as DC electricity.

A solar panel, or photovoltaic module, is a series of small cells made of photoelectric material (often crystalline silicon) and wired together into one unit.

A solar array is a series of solar panels wired together.

Next: The electricity travels to your solar power inverter