How Does a PV Solar Cell Generate Electricity?

Being connected to the local power grid isn’t the only way to send electricity to your home. Solar-powered systems allow you to grab the energy of the sun to power things like appliances, lights and outlets. In fact, a properly installed solar panel system and battery storage can save you money on your monthly energy bills.

What Is a PV Solar Cell?

PV stands for photovoltaic. A PV cell is also called a solar cell. A PV solar cell includes a layer of semiconductor material that’s designed to absorb sunlight. Sunlight contains photons, which are energy particles. When passing through the semiconductor, these particles transfer their energy to electrons. The electrons then flow as electricity or an electrical current.

Solar Panels and PV Cells

A solar panel contains dozens of PV cells, each generating electricity. The total amount of power created by a cell or a panel of cells depends on several factors. These factors include the quality or intensity of available sunlight and the materials used to make the cells.

GVEC Home® has qualified technicians available to help you install the right number of solar panels in New Braunfels, Seguin, Gonzales and the surrounding areas. Our customers can rely on us for complete information about using solar to power their homes.

What Are PV Systems?

Solar cells and panels are part of a larger system. The cells generate direct current (DC) electricity, which in turn is stored in a battery. The stored energy is converted into alternating current (AC) energy through an inverter. The inverter is what allows the flow of electricity to enter the home through an electrical panel.

GVEC Home sells and installs solar panel and battery storage systems to property owners in the Guadalupe Valley South-Central Texas. We also provide AC and heating services and electrician services to our customers. Our company is BBB accredited and A+ rated, and we began operations in 1938 as the Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative. Call us today at 885.898.8807 to learn more about how we can serve your renewable energy and all your home comfort needs.