How it all works
How Does a Solar Energy System Work?
What Are Solar Panels?
How Do Solar Panels Work?
When sunlight hits the PV material in the form of photons, electrons are knocked out of place. Due to the layering of p-type and n-type PV material, loose electrons begin to flow in one direction. This electricity travels on metallic conductors in the form of direct current to an inverter.
The inverter changes the electricity from direct current to alternating current that can be used to power your home.
What Are the Different Types of Solar Panels?
Traditional Solar Panels
Monocrystalline solar panels are made up of single crystal silicon that is melted into an ingot and thinly sliced. This creates a more refined, more efficient, but also more expensive product. Monocrystalline solar panels are a great choice for homes where roof space is limited since they’re so efficient. They usually appear black in color.
Polycrystalline panels are made up of lots of silicon crystals melted together. They’re not quite as efficient as monocrystalline panels, but they’re also more affordable. If you have plenty of space, this may be a good choice for your home. Polycrystalline solar panels will appear dark blue.
Thin-Film Solar Panels
Thin layers of photovoltaic (PV) material are placed on a conductive sheet and covered with a protective material like glass or plastic to make thin-film solar panels. They’re light and flexible but are currently much less efficient than either of the traditional options. Because they’re easier to manufacture, they are also more affordable than traditional panels.
How Do I Save Money With Solar?
Collect & Convert Energy
Solar panels collect energy from the sun and convert it into electricity for your home. Whenever the sun’s out, you’ll be generating your own electricity—free of charge.
Net Energy Metering (NEM)
Your system may generate more electricity than you need for your home at one time. When this happens, the excess power is sent to the utility grid, and you receive energy credits.
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