Over the last decade, solar panels have taken the world by storm and their popularity doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.
Solar systems aren’t new, but their technology is still a mystery to many people.
To learn how solar panels function, although there are still some unanswered mysteries, such as whether they work in sunny weather.
What are solar panels?
Let’s begin at the beginning.
Solar panels are made of photovoltaic cells, which transform the sun’s energy into electricity. Photovoltaic cells are sandwiched between layers of silicon or other semi-conducting materials. Each layer has unique electrical properties that activate when exposed to photons from the sun, resulting in an electric field.
To power a house or business with solar energy, you’ll need an array (a system of PV panels) of solar panels that are all connected together.
How Solar Panel Works
1. Solar Panels Convert Sunlight to DC Power – Solar panels capture sunlight and convert it into safe, green DC power.
2. The Solar Inverter Converts DC to AC — The solar inverter converts direct current (DC) electricity to alternating current (AC) electricity, which is utilised by most household equipment. The process is known as “conditioning” the power.
3. Use Electricity in Your Home – AC electricity from the inverter is transmitted to the switchboard, where it is directed to the various circuits and appliances that require electricity in your home.
4. Excess Power is returned to the Grid – When your solar energy system generates more electricity than your home requires during peak sunlight hours, the excess power is returned to the grid.
5. The Net Meter Measures Electricity — When solar energy provides more power than is necessary during peak sun hours, excess electricity is exported to the electricity grid and the metre runs backwards in this circumstance, giving the system’s owner credits for the units given. This is known as net metering.
Do solar panels work in cloudy weather?
Photovoltaic panels can generate electricity from direct or indirect sunlight, but they are more efficient in direct sunlight. Even if the light is reflected or partly covered by clouds, solar panels will continue to operate. Rain actually helps in the proper operation of your solar panels by washing away any dust or dirt.
Solar panels do operate on cloudy days, but they don’t work as well as they would on a sunny day.
Do solar panels work at night?
They don’t, to be honest. Solar panels, as previously said, require light — preferably sunshine — to generate energy. They can create some energy from other light sources, such as street lights and even the moon, but the output is quite low. Solar panels go into sleep mode at night as a result of this, which means they become inactive and stop producing electricity.
So how do solar-panelled homes get power at night?
Solar panels, as previously stated, do not generate electricity at night. They do, however, produce more power throughout the day when the sun is shining. Solar users can store energy in solar battery banks or utilise net metering to balance things out and keep the lights on after dark.
Solar Energy Storage System
Solar energy storage is based on a simple concept. During the day, most solar systems are built to provide more energy than your home requires.
Save that additional electricity created by your solar panels wisely and your overall electricity generation will improve. This will allow you to have power anytime you need it because the energy created will be saved for days when you are afraid of blackouts. For example, overcast days can cause your space to go off the grid in terms of electricity and a solar panel battery can be a lifesaver for your precious house.
Do Solar offers affordable solar batteries for homeowners in Melbourne and the surrounding suburbs of Victoria, allowing them to save money. It’s the most advanced AC-coupled solar battery with a built-in inverter on the market. This solar power pack is simple to operate and transport.
Solar powering your home is a great way to help the environment while also being a good investment. If you’re ready to make the move to solar, our knowledgeable staff will gladly assist you. We make solar simple and hassle-free for you and your family at Do Solar. Get a call-back on the solar panel system for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Get in touch with us if you’d like to learn more about residential or commercial solar panels for your house or business. Feel free to contact us right away; we are eager to hear from you!