With 245 days of annual sunshine, more and more Colorado homeowners realize the advantages of a solar panel system installation in their homes. Renewable energy is clean and reliable, can help us run our businesses and households, and in many cases, solar paneling can even help us save money on our energy bills.
If you’re considering installing solar panels of your own, let the experts at Vittetoe Electric explain how the technology behind solar panels works to ensure that you’re taking full advantage of the Colorado sun.
How Do Solar Panels Work?
Solar panels are made out of photovoltaic cells (PV) that transform the sun’s energy into electricity. These Photovoltaic cells capture rays and energy from the sun and convert them into energy that we can use to power our homes and buildings.
For solar panels to work in practice, photovoltaic cells will need conduction. You’ll often find them fixed in place by silicone, which is a semiconductor. The photovoltaic cells are sandwiched between layers of silicon or other semiconducting materials. As each layer has different electronic properties that energize when hit by photons from sunlight, this creates an electric field. Also known as the photoelectric effect this creates the current needed to produce electricity for us to use.
Solar panels generate a direct current of electricity.
What are the Advantages of Solar Power?
Now that you understand how solar panels work, you may be considering their unique benefits to ascertain if they’re the right choice for your home or business. Fortunately, it’s always possible to generate electricity, even if it’s not a sunny day in Colorado. Providing that there is daylight, you’ll be able to generate and store energy.
Let’s explore further advantages of investing in solar panels:
For more information about the installation of solar panels on your property or commercial business, contact us today.