The sun is a natural source of incredible power, which releases miniature packets of energy into our planet every day. Every hour, enough energy is delivered to the earth from the sun to theoretically power the whole planet’s energy needs for a year. At this point, we haven’t figured out how to capture the sun’s energy that efficiently, but technology is improving every day.
With solar systems, we can begin to harness the energy that the sun provides. When photons from the sun hit the photovoltaic cells in a solar panel, they knock electrons away from their atoms, generating power within an electrical circuit. Solar panels naturally create DC electricity, but many solar systems come with invertors which transform that DC into the same AC our devices uses every day. It’s even possible to store the energy you collect from the sun in a solar system battery, which you can use however you like.
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