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...



As homeowners, we all know the struggle of high energy bills. At EnLight.Energy, we understand the burden that high energy bills can bring, and we're here to help you protect yourself from energy hikes and lower your monthly energy bills. Our mission is to provide homeowners with energy-efficient solutions that are sustainable, cost-effective, and reduce their carbon footprint.

Here are five ways EnLight.Energy can help you save money on your energy bills:

  1. Invest in Energy-Efficient Appliances: Upgrading to energy-efficient appliances is one of the easiest ways to reduce your energy consumption and save money. EnLight.Energy can guide you towards a wide range of energy-efficient appliances tha...


The Buying Power of Efficiency


The average home in the U.S. spends $2,200 on energy each year. That’s $183/month. Rather than spending this money on energy purchases, the smart approach is to invest it in greater energy efficiency. If you’re building a new home, it’s possible to reduce your energy purchases to zero with the buying power gained from that same $183. Here’s how it works. If you have a 30-year mortgage at about 4.2%, you can cover the additional payments on an increase in your loan of about $37,500 for energy saving features for your home. That’s enough to turn most home designs into zero energy homes, before incentives. Federal and state tax credits along with utility incentive...


9 Ways to Go (and Save More) Green


There’s no doubt about it, the “green economy” has gone global, as more and more sustainable-minded individuals and organizations have embraced the notion of a clean, environmentally friendly economy that promotes health, wealth, and well-being. The green economy is a thriving economy, as well—with overall global trade in environmental goods pegged at $1 trillion annually, a figure that should grow to $2-to-$3 trillion by 2020, according to United Nations Environment.

How to Go Green While Boosting Your Personal Finances by Experian

75% of Americans want to help the environment in their daily lives, and they certainly can still keeping their budgets intact. In this podc...


How Long Can You Recover the Cost of Solar Panels?


The past few decades saw huge developments in the use of solar power. These grid panels can use solar energy and turn it into electricity. Many neighborhoods have at least one house with solar panels installed on the roof.

Someone may have passed by your house offering solar panels for your home. These solar company representatives can be found just about everywhere. You may not have explored the use of solar power for your home since you are not familiar with how the whole system works. You may have also thought it is expensive.

Many people feel the same way. They are not using solar energy simply because they are not sure how much they have to spend on it. They may also be wondering when the...


A more complete solution to the energy opportunity we face


Check out the latest episode of the Green Business Podcast Show by Eric Dye as he interviews our CEO and they discuss why EnLight.Energy decided to not just be another solar only installer, the impact of a Trump presidency on the renewable energy industry in America, our work with developing communities around the world, and why we chose a local energy franchise model.

ERIC: Today we are speaking with Julio Daniel Hernandez, CEO, and Founder of EnLight.Energy, a national company that helps home and business owners explore ways to drastically lower and eliminate their energy bills. Happy to have you back on the show Julio. How are you?

JULIO DANIEL: Doing great Eric thanks for having me.




Confused by insolation, inverter, and irradiance? Consider the solar energy glossary your handy guide to all the solar lingo.

The U.S. Department of Energy's solar energy glossary contains definitions for technical terms related to solar energy, electricity, and power generation by technologies like photovoltaics (PV) and concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP).


III-V cell — A high-efficiency solar cell made from materials including Group III and Group V elements from the periodic table.


absorber — In a photovoltaic device, the material that readily absorbs photons to generate charge carriers (free electrons or holes).

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Gainesville Solar Walk Gainesville, Florida - A trek through the solar system here on earth.

THE GAINESVILLE SOLAR WALK IS a four-billion-to-one scale model of the solar system. The entire display spans one mile. Each pillar has info and artifacts about the celestial body it features.

The installation was created in 2002 as a joint project of the City of Gainesville, the Alachua Astronomy Club, artist Elizabeth Indianos, as well as graphic artist Saydi Kaufman. The project cost around $30,000.

Each pillar represents a different planet, Pluto is also included. The planet pillars also feature quotes, stones, and other repurposed objects. Two comets are also present along the walk.

Enhancements are still being discussed, including additional seating, nighttime lighting, an asteroid rock ...


Swiss on track to be the first airline to use solar fuel

Swiss are to become the first airline in the world to power planes by “liquid sunlight.”

The airline, which is owned by Lufthansa Group, has struck a deal with Synhelion, a company that uses solar energy to convert CO2 into a synthetic fuel called syngas.

Swiss-based Synhelion, which is a spinoff from the Swiss Institute of Technology, has mastered a way of manufacturing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from renewable energy sources.

And the move, the airline says, is the first step towards making the aviation industry more sustainable through carbon-neutral, fossil-free flying.

But what is syngas?

Syngas is a liquid fuel with the same properties as fossil fuels, but it is produced art...


Stunning aerial photographs show the impressive solar infrastructures that will soon power the whole world

Aerial view of Ivanpah Solar Power Facility in California.The Ivanpah Solar Power Facility, near Ivanpah Dry Lake, California, generates enough electricity to serve more than 140,000 homes in the state during the peak hours of the day while reducing 400,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year.

What will the world of the future look like?

It's a question that's increasingly inescapable in the era of global warming, or, as scientists increasingly call it, the Anthropocene: a world shaped by humans, the machines we use, and the pollution those emit—a world of anthropogenic change.

The war in Ukraine is exposing in harsh terms the world's continued heavy reliance on old-school fossil fuels, as gas prices skyrocket with the U.S. banning the ...