The earth intercepts a lot of solar power about 173000000000000000 watts that is more than enough to power the earth. Now the real question is how does solar energy is transfers to solar panels to produce electricity
- Solar panels are made up of Solar Cells
- Solar cells are made from silicon where Crystal and silicon are sandwiched
- Each silicon atom is connected by their neighbors though 4 strong bonds which keep the electrons in place
- There are silicons that have n type and p type transforming into a p/n conjunction where a bunch of electrons and protons are moving around
- when the sun rays hit one of those silicon members the electrons move in a different direction towards the light bulb this is called an electrical circuit and it is a repeated effect.
12 of those solar cells are enough to power one phone so it takes many more to power a whole house. If its this easy why is it so hard to go solar.? One main reason is politics and how money is more important than the world.
Another important factor of solar panels is how many will be needed to power a house. This all depends on how much a person consume. One example is a married couple that both work and spend very little time in their home. This house will consume less energy so will require less panels. Example two is a married couple that have two teen age kids and only the men works. This house will 3 times more than just the married couple requiring more solar panels. Another factor in this is the location and orientation of the house if the house is in a location where it receives little sunlight it wont acquire as much energy as a house that is located where there is much sun.
The cost of a solar panel today is around $3 per watt, and the extra cost of installation brings costs up to $5- $6 per watt. Note: Installation costs for PV systems include both labor and the electronics needed to tie the solar array into your existing electrical system.
Thes some of the things that will be needed for a full cycle
This concludes the secession of the function of solar panels