How Solar Panels Generate Electricity

Solar power takes light energy from the sun and converts it to alternating current which is then used to power homes and businesses. In order to do this, a solar panel must be used. This helpful visualization shows exactly how solar panels work. In the graphic, the team magnifies how light from the sun is made up of tiny particles called photons. These photons are then charged when they hit the solar panels causing the electrons to be knocked free. The moving electrons cause an electric current which then travels through conductive wiring and is converted within the home or business into electricity.

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How Solar Panels Generate Electricity

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