How Solar Panels Work

Electricity is created silently when silent hits the solar panel. The sunlight reacts with materials in the panel to produce an electrical charge. This charge can be converted to direct current to be used in homes. If a home with solar panel generates more power than the home uses, the home owner may even be able to sell some of the excess to a power company for use on its grid.

Electricity created by home solar energy can be used in dozens of ways, just like electricity from the power company. Heating water, running appliances, and providing light are all possibilities for home solar energy. By making your home energy independent this way, you can also make your country more energy dependent. Freeing it from the need to import oil. When you have solar energy, you don’t have to worry about power outages, or rate increases by your utility company.

Another of the more interesting facts about solar energy is its potential in the transportation industry. Although, admittedly, practical solar application for mass transit are probably still years away.

Solar energy for cars has been developed but its not nearly advanced enough yet for the needs of modern vehicles. However, it’s interesting to note that a couple of years ago, a small aircraft powered strictly by solar energy flew across the entire United States. So, those are some facts about solar energy that sound promising and positive.

For one thing, solar panels take up a lot of space. That’s why solar energy farms would have to be huge to provide a small percentage of a large city’s supply.

If you live in a city where it’s always cloudy, solar energy may not be sufficient for your needs.