Solar panels are one of the most well-known ways to generate renewable, eco-friendly energy.
You have probably seen them everywhere, from large office buildings to the tops of narrowboats.
Solar panels are versatile, able to be positioned in various locations, and are becoming more affordable each year as the technology involved becomes more efficient.
Solar panels work by converting sunlight into electricity. Solar panels contain multiple photovoltaic cells that create energy when they interact with photons from solar energy. This creates an electric field that produces the current required to produce electricity.
After the photovoltaic cells on solar panels have generated electricity, this electricity is transferred to an inverter that converts the power into a current that can be used around the home or workspace.
A common misconception is that it must be a sunny day for a solar panel to be able to produce electricity. This is not the case.
A solar panel can produce electricity on a cloudy day. Although a solar panel is less productive under these conditions, daylight contains enough photons from the light spectrum that can pass through clouds to enable a solar panel to continue producing electricity.
A solar panel’s ability to produce energy from a renewable energy source, even on a cloudy day, is great news when you live in a country like the UK!
The use of solar panels has become so popular over the last few years due to their relatively cheap initial setup cost, low maintenance, and minimal cost to use.
Once you have installed a solar panel and connected it to your electricity supply, there is very little to do apart from sit back and enjoy using an eco-friendly, renewable source of electricity that should last for years.