Energy produced by sunlight can be harnessed to create electric power. Solar energy is contained in the sun’s rays that shine down on the earth each day and provides clean, sustainable energy that doesn’t create pollution or emissions.
Photovoltaic cells are the most common method for capturing the sun’s energy. They are made from materials such as silicon and energy contained in photons of the sun’s rays generate electric current. These cells are wired together to form a module, also known as a solar panel.
For both home and commercial use, solar panels are linked together in a circuit to form an array, which is mounted on rooftops or in open spaces, often called solar farms, in a way that provides maximum exposure to the sun.