Solar panels, or photovoltaic (PV) panels, convert solar energy from the sun into usable electricity. As far back as the late 1800’s, the potential for creating energy from the sun was understood. However, it was not until 1954 that solar cells were developed, leading to the creation of solar panels built from multiple solar cells.
Solar cells convert sunlight into electricity through the photovoltaic effect, hence the name ‘PV panels’. The electricity that is generated can then be used to power your home, sent to the grid, or stored within your home solar battery system.
In this blog, we will cover a brief history of solar panels, how they work, the components that make up a solar panel system, and the cost of solar panels.