Solar Panels The Basics

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If you’ve been doing your homework you know there is an abundant array of solar panel types and qualities, with all the technical jargon it can be a little confusing. We we are going to break it all down for you in an easy to understand and informative manner.

Solar cells, are also known as photovoltaic (PV) cells turn ordinary sunlight into electrical energy that can be used to power your home, other buildings or devices that require electricity in order to operate. A typical solar panel contains approximately 40 cells and the average home would generally require anywhere from 10 to 20 panels to efficiently power a home with solar energy.

There are several types of solar panels and we’re going to break them all down into an easily understandable format. The majority of solar panels used are silicon based. Let’s take a look at some of the most utilized types of solar panels:

Let’s take a look at how the solar energy that is converted to electricity enters your home and keeps your lights on and your refrigerator running. Once the solar panels creates the electricity in direct current (DC) form it is then sent to an inverter and converted to alternating current (AC) where it enters your breaker box and powers your home. The excess power is sent to your grid and if your solar panels are actually producing more electricity than you are using, your meter will actually spin in reverse saving you money.

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