How Solar Panels Work
serving Clark County, WA, and Portland, OR
It might seem like magic, but solar power is a well-understood science. If you are wondering exactly how do solar panels work, you came to the right place.
Did you know you probably have owned a solar panel before?
If you have a calculator, there’s a chance that it came with a solar panel. While relatively small, solar panels have been powering calculators for years.
But how does it work in your home or business?
Understanding solar power generation is quite simple.
It starts with the sun, our closest star.
The sun is a giant fusion reactor, turning hydrogen into helium.
When this fusion takes place, energy is released and flows through space toward the earth.
This energy is called photons.
It takes the sun’s energy thousand of years to reach its surface, but only 8 minutes to get to earth, and the sun sends a lot of photons to the globe each day.
When photons strike your solar panel, they cause electrons to be released into your solar power system. This electron is the same type of energy we use every day when turning on a lightbulb or making toast. Solar panels capture that energy and supply it to your home, or if you make too much, back to your utility company’s electrical grid. You are effectively making your utility company your battery.
Watch the video below for more information about how solar panels turn the sun’s massive amount of energy into energy for your home.
What you really want to know
How you save money!
We talk about how you save money. It’s called Net Metering and it’s the law in Oregon and Washington. Plus, your power company installs a net meter for free! The simplest way to explain net metering is your electrical meter runs backward when you generate more energy than you can use. Watch the video below for more information.