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  • Date Submitted: 01/22/2014 06:01 AM
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 Solar Panels...
Solar panels are the primary component of photovoltaic (PV) systems. They harness radiant light from the Sun to produce a natural, inexhaustible, clean "solar" power. Solar panel systems help reduce pollution and CO2 emissions while generating a quiet, and relatively maintenance free, source of electricity while adding to your current property value. There are various forms of solar panel systems. Some systems are installed on rooftops of homes or businesses and RVs, while others are mounted on poles or open ground areas. There are two types of systems available. Off-grid systems work independent of any utility company and are mostly found in remote locations. Smaller units provide power for items such as computer or phone service, where larger units provide electrical service for a cabin in the woods. Grid-tied systems work in synchronization with your current utility company to accept excess generated electricity and to provide electricity anytime your system is not actively generating energy. These systems come in a wide range of sizes and production capabilities.

How Do Solar Panels Work?
Basically, photovoltaic solar panels create electricity by converting sunlight into energy. The process by which this happen is known as the photovoltaic effect. "Photovoltaic" essentially means light electricity. You may have noticed that certain small devices like a solar-powered calculator won't work in the dark, but when exposed to light it will work just fine. This is an example of a tiny electric power generator built right into an everyday item with which that everyone is familiar. Many people are now lighting up their yard or landscaping with solar-powered garden lights. And perhaps you've seen traffic control signage and lighting powered by solar panels.
Made most commonly using the mineral silicon, solar cells essentially create electricity by converting photons of light into electrons. The "photovoltaic effect" occurs when photons of light...

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