How Do Solar Panels Work?

Solar Panels - commercial solar lightsClimate change and pollution have instigated the implementation of renewable energy. Nowadays, solar energy is not only a promising source of energy but has become the fastest-growing power source in the world. It is the way of the future.

Many local utilities, homeowners, and businesses have realized the vast potential of solar energy and installed solar-powered systems to enjoy the benefits of commercial solar lights. Effective and reliable, solar outdoor lights are a great long-term investment.

Both residential and commercial solar lights are powered by the energy produced by solar panels. If you are considering going green, read on to find out how solar panels work and why they are the perfect choice for powering your solar lights.

What are solar panels made of?

Solar panels are one of the main components of a solar outdoor lighting system. They comprise multiple small units called photovoltaic (PV) cells, which are grouped together. These cells are made of two layers of semiconductor material typically comprised of silicon crystals.

Because silicon is not a very good conductor of electricity, the bottom layer of photovoltaic cells is doped with boron, which facilitates a positive charge (P). On the other hand, the top layer is doped with phosphorus, adding electrons with a negative charge (N). Electron movement between the two layers with opposite charges produces an electric field.

Most PV systems are based on individual square cells that produce very little power, which is why they are linked together as panels or modules. These solar panels can be used individually or wired together into larger solar arrays to produce the desired electrical output.

How do solar panels work?

PV cells convert sunlight into electricity. When particles of light called photons hit the surface of a solar cell, they knock electrons loose from their atoms. When positive and negative charges are separated, an electric field occurs.

As electrons flow through an electrical circuit from one layer to another, they generate a flow of electricity. After the panels convert the energy to direct current (DC) electricity, an inverter converts it into alternating current (AC) electricity.

Alternating current is the type of electricity that consumers use when they plug their appliances into a wall socket. Only after it is converted to AC, electricity can be delivered to a business or a residence.

Solar panels and outdoor lighting

Constant developments in solar cells, LED lighting and energy storage have created great opportunities for municipalities, companies and homeowners to get the most out of solar energy and use PV power systems for various lighting applications.

Photovoltaic cells require no maintenance, produce no greenhouse gas emissions, and are environmentally friendly. Solar panels provide enough electricity both on a sunny and a cloudy day and charge the batteries with energy that can later power your residential or commercial solar lights during the night.

Commercial solar lights for a wide range of applications

Greenshine New Energy LLC. has more than a decade of experience in developing and manufacturing solar-powered lighting solutions for different lighting applications. As a renowned company with a team of skilled and experienced engineers, we can assist you with designing and integration of our high-quality products, such as street lighting, park lighting, pathway lighting, parking lot lighting, etc.

If you are looking for commercial solar lights for your business, community or home, contact us at 1-949-609-9636 or send an email to We will answer any questions you may have and help you find the perfect solar outdoor lighting solution.