Solar power has never been more important with the increase in energy rates not only in Australia but globally. This translates into higher electricity bills compounding the increase in the cost of living, with many of us now turning to the sun to save our hard-earned money. In Australia, we are fortunate to have the world’s highest solar radiation per year. Our strong sun with nearly year-round exposure makes it an ideal method to save money and the environment. As you continue to research the best solar panel installers in the Redlands, you might be wondering how does solar power work?

Solar Power Breakdown

Solar power is the technology that converts sunlight into electricity. It’s one of the cleanest and most abundant renewable energy sources available. Solar power is a lot like other forms of energy generation, except it uses no fuel and doesn’t require any kind of water supply or waste disposal system.

Harvesting Energy With Solar Panels

Once you have selected and installed the right solar panels for your home, the next step is to harvest the energy. This requires two things: solar panels, and a way of storing that energy until you need it.

Solar panels are made up of photovoltaic semiconductors that absorb sunlight. When this happens, electrons are knocked free from their atoms and get excited enough by the absorption of light to be able to move around freely within the panel instead of remaining attached to an atom (like they usually would). The electrons then flow through wires attached to the semiconductor into something called an inverter, which changes their voltage so it can be used in your home (we’ll talk about this more below).

The amount of energy a single solar panel can absorb depends on what kind of material it’s made from—the more efficient materials tend to cost more money but produce more power for your dollar-per-watt invested! In general, many residential installations use polycrystalline silicon cells. Newer technologies like monocrystalline or thin-film panels are also an option when considering which materials are best for your home and budget.

How Do The Solar Panels Convert Sun Into Electricity?

How solar power works is dependent on the solar panels being made up of photovoltaic cells. These are semiconductors, which means they can be used to convert sunlight into electricity. Photovoltaic cells form the basis of solar energy technology and are generally made with silicon, a material that has been used for over a century because it’s abundant and its molecular structure allows electrons to move through it easily.

Solar panels are connected together in series or parallel circuits; both configurations produce the same amount of power but in different ways. In a series circuit, one cell is connected to another cell until there is enough voltage generated between them (about 25 volts) for the current to flow through multiple cells at once. The more cells you have connected together in this manner, the higher your voltage will be when sunlight hits all of them! If each cell only generates about 0.5V under optimum conditions then you’ll need 40 of them for 12V output — assuming your panel’s rated output matches what you need from it then that’s plenty as long as everything else works properly too.

Now that we have answered your question, how does solar power work, you can start the next path of research. We at Southside Airconditioning & Electrical know solar power. We can assist you in determining the right solar panels for your home including voltage and storage to match your budget. Get in touch with us today to start the savings.