The practical development of photovoltaic (PV) cells started a revolution in energy production. When light shines on these cells, elements and materials inside them produce electrons that generate power by creating electricity. So how are these “solar” cells employed to make solar panels and how does Solaron combine these to provide free electricity to property owners all over Davis?
What Goes Into a Solar Panel?
Solar panels, also called PV panels, employ many PV cells to produce specific amounts of power. The best photovoltaic panels available for household use come from SunPower, a company found in California. SunPower devises photovoltaic panels with two distinct advantages over their competitors. First, their individual PV cells have remarkable efficiency – generating more electricity when exposed to the sun than cells sold by other manufacturers. Second, SunPower cells are enduring – they have a very long lifespan and are guaranteed to produce remarkable amounts of electricity for 25 years. Solaron uses only SunPower products in its installations.
Putting Panels Together
SunPower has also championed the development of a number of simple and effective methods for connecting panels together. It takes many panels to power the ordinary home, and all these panels must be connected together in an electrical network to generate the electricity our property owners need. So although a photovoltaic panel array may look like one big panel from a distance, in reality it is many smaller panels tied together both electronically through wiring and physically through a framework. This setup allows for configurations that fit any roof or platform, such as the shade structures now gracing many parking lots.
Transforming Into Helpful Current
Solar panels produce direct current (DC), but households operate on alternating current (AC). Therefore, your photovoltaic system by Solaron needs a component called an “inverter.” This component takes all the photovoltaic electricity from your many panels and modifies it to a type your home can use. Extra energy can be employed to do any of the following:
- use it to recharge devices, like an electric car;
- send electricity to the grid to receive payment from the company;
- recharge a home battery bank, storing power for later.
While the first choice simply needs the right type of outlet, the other two require more parts that add functionality to your photovoltaic system.
Start Using Solar Panels
So quit letting sun go to waste on your house! Turn that potential power into electricity with a photovoltaic system designed by Solaron of Sacramento. For details about photovoltaic power working for your home, call a Solaron technician at 916-631-9293 or write via our online request form for a no-obligation solar analysis and quotation.