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PhotoVoltaic Panels- What Are They?

Although many people like to install green technology like solar panels in their homes, they do not understand how to go on about it. this article can explain how solar panels generate electricity and what are their benefits.

Eco-friendly”, “going solar”, “going green” are just a few terms that are used to describe people who have opted to live an environmentally conservative lifestyle. For some people, being environmentally friendly is a matter of pride, but some people feel intimidated by such terms and become unwilling to explore these energy resources. For people who need to know what the term “photo-voltaic” means, this article is a good source.

The word “photovoltaic” is derived from two words that mean “light energy or light electricity.” The photovoltaic effect is the process from which light is converted to electricity and refers to the process of photon-to-electron conversion. Solar or PV cells are known for converting the sun’s rays into energy and can either be standalone or mounted on roofs.

Photovoltaic cells or solar panels are made up of solar cells that capture solar rays. Light or the physicist terminology “photons” hit the solar cells; some of it passed right through the cells or reflected, others are absorbed by the cell. The solar cells are made of semi-conductors usually silicon; this converts the solar light into electric current.

If you want to install solar cells in order to create electricity for your home, it is a long-term investment and you can get the benefits for decades in terms of savings in your electricity bills and even some profit by selling excess energy. The price of the PV panels and their installation costs a lot and comes to about $8500 for a house with four people, but it can meet most of your energy requirements.

A simple photovoltaic system will provide electricity directly into your home but there are some PV systems that come with batteries for energy storage. The electrical current generated by the PV cells charges these solar batteries that can be used to power up your home equipment later on. The battery’s voltage determines how much electricity is generated for your use. This battery that stores electricity is connected to the electrical appliance in your home to operate them. Some homes’ PV system generates more electricity daily than can be used by them; these households can connect their solar energy system to the grid and sell the electricity back to the suppliers.

A lot of people believe that the major part of Britain usually has cloudy weather. However, thinking that solar panels cannot work in such areas is a myth. Solar radiation in this country is quite consistent and only less than a third part of Britain has cloudy weather throughout the year.

Now that you know what to expect when installing a PV cell, it doesn’t seem so daunting now does it? Set an example to your neighbors and install a solar power system at your home, not just to save money but also to conserve the environment.

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Article written by: Marion Silvers