Solar Panels are also known as PV panels or Photovoltaic panels (PV). These panels comprising an array of PV cells which captures the energy from the sun directly and converts it into electricity. Some of the materials for making solar photovoltaic panels include monocrystalline silicon, polycrystalline silicon, microcrystalline silicon, cadmium telluride and copper indium sulphyde. The main product in use today are the mono and poly types.
There is an increasing demand for alternate and renewable sources of energy to meet the ever growing energy needs. With the advancement of solar technology the production of solar photovoltaic panels has increased by more than two times during the past decade or so. No wonder then photovoltaic production is one of the fastest growing technologies in the world today. The best way to describe solar photovoltaic panel technology is that it is a technique that helps in the generation of solar power by converting the solar energy into electricity through the use of PV cells.
The solar panels generate electricity directly by using the sun’s radiation. The electricity so generated is used for meeting different kinds of energy requirements. It is used for powering electric devices and electronic appliances and for recharging batteries. Initially PV cells were used for generating power for spacecraft and orbiting satellites. Nowadays, a large number of PV modules are applied for creating grid connected power generation. By using and inverter you can convert DC power to AC power. This power can be used to generate electricity for businesses, homes, boats, and now directly to electric cars.
You can now put solar panels on the roof of your home relatively cheaply. You can use the power generated from the solar panels as a main source of electric power during the day and even store any excess for use at night. By using it as a main source of power you will be able to save on long term electricity costs as you will no longer have to pay large electricity bills to your utility company. Lastly, you will be able to generate electricity in an unpolluted manner and contribute to a clean and green environment.