How Solar Power Works

Solar Panelts Installed on a Home

For those of you who aren’t satisfied with just knowing that it works to power your home appliances, solar power is an interesting concept that’s worth looking into. As you know, solar panels collect light and turn it into usable electricity. What you may not know, however, is that the electricity actually comes from the photons born in the center of our sun zooming their way into our atmosphere as light particles. And they sure do carry a lot of energy: they only require about eight minutes to shoot from the sun to earth, a 93-million mile trek.

When these photons make their way to your photovoltaic panels (solar panels), they are caught in what is basically a glass and silicon sandwich, with additional chemical “condiments,” if you will. Since silicon is neutral, the added elements, like phosphorus and boron, are chosen for their negative or positive charges, respectively. And, just to clarify, a negative charge means that there is an additional electron somewhere in the atoms’ outer bands and a positive means that there is an empty spot for one or more additional electrons there.

What happens when the photon smashes its way into this mix is that an additional electron from the silicon-and-phosphorus negative bond, and this electron makes its way over to the silicon-and-boron positive compound. As more and more electrons are separated and travel in this manner, electricity is created when the attached wiring starts sucking in these free-range electrons. This, in turn, ends up powering all of our electronic items in your home.

Whether you find this explanation to seem simple or complex, what all of it really means is that you will be able to generate your own electricity at home, which will thereby save you a lot of money on your energy bill every month. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation for installation of solar panels on your Baton Rouge home, give us a call at (225) 424-8826.

 

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