Harnessing the power of sunlight. How do solar panels work?


Jacksonville, Florida homeowner laying down on his solar panel system

Solar panels are a popular way to generate clean, renewable energy from the sun. But how do they work? In this blog, we'll break down the basics of how solar panels work in layman's terms.

Solar panels are made up of photovoltaic (PV) cells, which are typically made of silicon. When sunlight hits the PV cells, it creates an electric field that causes electrons to flow, generating direct current (DC) electricity. This electricity can then be used to power your home, business, or stored in a battery for later use.

But how do PV cells turn sunlight into electricity? The process starts with the sun's rays, which contain particle...