How Solar Panels Work Without Sun

You may have heard that solar panels only work when the sun is shining. While it’s true that they produce more power when the sun is out, solar panels can still provide power when the sun isn’t shining.

In this blog post, we will discuss how solar panels can still provide power even when the sun isn’t shining or it’s nighttime. We will also discuss how solar panels work and how they can store power in a battery.

How Solar Energy Works

Solar panels are made up of photovoltaic cells. These cells are what convert sunlight into electricity. Solar panels are connected to an inverter, which converts the DC power from the solar panel into AC power that can be used by your home or business. The more sunlight that hits the cell, the more electricity it produces.

However, even when there is no sun, solar panels can still produce electricity. Solar panels are designed to work in all weather conditions, including cloudy days and even during the night.

Solar panels use ultraviolet light to create power. Even on a cloudy day, there is ultraviolet light present. Infrared light, which can also be used for solar energy and is present on cloudy and dark days, is lower in energy than visible light, but solar panels are still able to convert it into electricity.

How Solar Panels Store Power

Solar panels are also designed to store power in a battery. This way, even when the sun isn’t out, you can still have power. The batteries are charged during the day and then provide power at night or during a power outage. Solar panels can also provide power during a grid malfunction.

Expert Solar Installation

Now that you know how solar panels can still provide power even when the sun isn’t shining, it’s time to take the next step and learn how you can get started using solar energy. HedgeHog Electric provides a free consultation to help you determine if solar is right for your home. Give us a call today at (866) 605-2113!