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Solar Power 101: How Do Solar Panels Actually Generate Electricity?

By February 3, 2021February 19th, 2021No Comments

Because there are different solar power types, there is a lot of confusion about the impact of light and heat. Solar thermal is one type of power that uses heat from the sun to generate heat can be used to generate steam that runs turbines, generate electricity and also heat water. However, to operate, these panels require complicated integration with hot water systems. 

Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels generate another type of solar power by using light to produce electricity directly. A common misconception is that the most efficient place to generate power with PV Systems is in a place like a hot desert, but it couldn’t be more wrong. While there is plenty of sunlight, PV systems are more efficient in colder weather than in excruciatingly hot summer temperatures. In fact, on a very hot day, solar panels gradually lose their efficiency. 

The standard testing temperature for rating the wattage of PV systems is 25 degrees Celsius. At Nupower, we use advanced solar panels that are designed to minimise these losses. Our PV systems boast a low heat-related power decline.

Nupower Solar Panels Generate Electricity with Light

Cold weather won’t affect your solar output if the sun is shining. It could be just what your PV system needs for maximum efficiency.

The PV cells solar panels access essentially use the visible spectrum for electricity generation. Some of that light is visible to the human eye, while some of it, like UV light, is not. Even if clouds block out some of the light, they don’t block out UV and infrared light — which explains why we still get sunburned on cloudy days.

Nupower PV systems use more UV, and infrared light than other panels and our panels are high-quality and very efficient. For the latest PV systems promotions from Nupower, get in touch with the team today!