We can change sunlight directly to electricity using solar cells. Every day, light hits your solar panels with photons (particles of sunlight). The solar panel converts those photons into electrons of direct current (“DC”) electricity. The electrons flow out of the solar panel and into an inverter and other electrical safety devices. The inverter converts that “DC” power (commonly used in batteries) into alternating current or “AC” power. AC power is the kind of electrical that your television, computer, and toasters use when plugged into the wall outlet.
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- What are the maintenance and service costs for solar?
- How does solar perform in high wind areas?
- Is it true that solar panels produce more on winter days? Why?
- Should I remove snow from my solar panels?`
- What is net-metering and does Alaska have it?
- How well does solar perform in Alaska?
- What is the solar tax credit?
- How long do solar systems last?
- What is the maintenance required for solar panels?
- How does solar energy work?