How do solar panels work?

If you’ve ever been curious about how, exactly, these contraptions on your roof actually function, it starts when the sun hits the surface of the panel, which is made of silicon, and produces an electric current due to the energy of the sun. This is done through solar cells, which are small pieces of silicon […]

If you’ve ever been curious about how, exactly, these contraptions on your roof actually function, it starts when the sun hits the surface of the panel, which is made of silicon, and produces an electric current due to the energy of the sun. This is done through solar cells, which are small pieces of silicon and other material which can convert sunlight into electricity. One cell on its own will only provide a very small amount of power. Several cells connected together can produce a larger, useful amount of power. Then the power is stored in an electrical cable, allowing it to be changed in to energy for your home. It is then transferred and used in your home. Assuming it’s working, that is.