The Power of Residential Solar Energy—How It Works
The Power of Residential Solar Energy
Solar generated electricity continues to grow as the world’s fastest-growing energy source. And as it grows, this means that more residents incorporate solar energy into their households. States like New Mexico are already beginning to pass clean energy legislation, illustrating how far renewable energy has come.
Let’s look into how to understand how the home solar process works.
The solar panels are usually installed on your roof, and they’re made of silicon photovoltaic cells- so they can absorb as much sunlight as possible.
With the help of the solar panels, the sunlight is converted into direct current electricity. That’s because of the photons from sunlight, which knocks the electrons loose from their silicon atoms.
From there, the direct current electricity converts into alternating current electricity. This feeds into your main electric switchboard; your switchboard is responsible for storing and distributing this energy for home use.
You can learn more about:
- The four factors for electricity quality
- How much energy a typical solar panel produces
- The benefits of residential solar power
Check out this infographic from The Zebra!