How Does Solar Work?
What is PV Solar?
Photovoltaic Solar (PV Solar) is a method of generating electrical power by converting solar radiation into direct current electricity using semiconductors that exhibit the photovoltaic effect. Solar photovoltaics power generation has long been seen as a clean sustainable energy technology which draws upon the planet’s most plentiful and widely distributed renewable energy source – the sun. The direct conversion of sunlight to electricity occurs without any moving parts or environmental emissions during operation. It is well proven, as photovoltaic systems have now been used for fifty years in specialized applications, and grid-connected systems have been in use for over twenty years.
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How Does PV Solar Work?
A solar photovoltaic (PV) system converts sunlight to electricity using silicon, a semiconductor material which captures that sunlight. The electricity generated is transmitted to an inverter which turns the current into a usable form for your home, AC power (alternating current). That AC power is wired into your home for your use.
Solar systems allow you to use your solar power when it is generating electricity during the day and put any excess back into the grid. As soon as you need more electricity than your system can generate, your electricity will automatically be supplied from the grid. At night, your house draws energy from the grid.
Although there exist a variety of different solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies on the market (grid-tied vs. off-grid – rooftop vs. ground-mounted), most systems adhere to the same basic format, with minor variations.