Do you ever wonder if heat is a determining factor in the efficiency of solar panels? Do panels have to be in direct sunlight in order for them to work to their full potential? These are all valid questions since it is often referred to as “solar” power. We’ve gathered some information for you that will help you understand the technical functions of a solar power system.

Solar Panels

A solar cell which, makes a panel, is an electrical device that converts the energy of light into electricity. Think about that for a second. The definition for solar cell states that the energy of light is what generates electricity. In other words, light affects solar cells allowing it to generate electricity and not necessarily “heat.” The sun is the most powerful source of light available which is why it is referred to as “solar.” Sunlight does provide the best conditions for panels to work efficiently, but even in overcast weather, panels have the ability to gather light and produce electricity. Essentially, temperature does not have any effect on the production of electricity.

Modern Solar Power Systems

Today, solar power systems are developed to utilize lenses and mirrors to maximize the light that reaches the solar cell. This makes the system about 40% more effective during overcast conditions as they would in direct sunlight. So, if you live a region where it isn’t always sunny, you can still have a fully effective solar power system on your home. Solar panels have the ability to work during cloudy or raining weather.

It is important for everyone to understand that solar power systems are important to save our planet to counteract damages that fossil fuel create while they generate electricity for homes and businesses. These damages are a trickling effect on the environment and our health. If you haven’t switched to solar power, contact us and we’ll be able to inform you on what the next step is to make it happen for you.

Learn more about how fossil fuel hurts our environment in, Closer Look at Fossil Fuel’s Environmental Impact.