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February 27, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 205

If you want to lower your monthly electrical bill, solar energy is a good choice.

Learning how solar energy works is an essential to your diy solar panel project success. There are many renewable energy alternatives. So what are solar panels and how do they work. solar panels are made from silicon alloys of photovoltaic cells, or better known as solar panel, are used to convert the sun's energy directly into electrical power. Solar cells are usually placed on panels called "solar panels" Sunlight is made up of thousands and thousands of particles of energy which are called photons.

Photons can hold various amounts of energy that intertwine with the diverse wavelengths on the solar scale. When solar cells pull in a photon they can either reflect, pass completely through, or absorbed. When the photons absorb into the solar cell, only at this time can they be used to make energy. After a certain amount of electricity is gained the solar cells begin to dislodge electrons from the atoms of the semiconductor.

Once energy is made, electricity is produced and released. During this, electrons become dislodged from atoms and depending on the sort of treatment done to the surface of the cell, The more productive the cell will become to any electrons that are now floating free. The free electrons will migrate to the surface of the solar cell, which leaves empty spots where they were and changes the charge to positive.

Electrons will migrate naturally to the solar cell's surface. Electrons moving from their chosen areas leave holes behind them and make that section of the cell positively charged. The same missing electrons, which are negatively charged, Then move to the other end of the cell making that end negatively charged. What happens afterwards is that the cell is turned into a type of battery, with one extreme charge on side and the other on the remaining side.

When the two sides are connected by external sources, electricity gets produced and begins to flow. A solar cell can produce 1 or 2 watts of power, which isn't enough to run our smallest electronics. At least not by itself, which is why they usually come by the dozens. It is possible to make your own solar cells, but you do save a lot of steps by buying the solar cells which can be found dirt cheap online.

The electrical distribution panel sends energy that's received from all of this and combines it with the electrical current that's already available in your home. It also routes the combined package through your building and helps power everything.The electric you produce can be stored in batteries or you can be tied into the power companies grid which could make you meter run backwards. If you want to lower your monthly electrical bill, Solar energy is a good alternative for you.

Find out more about how solar energy works and how you can use it to power your home Information and resources can be found at http://www.diysolar-power.com/blog/

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