How Solar Panels Work

Solar Power energy is becoming increasingly popular all over the country, but how do solar panels capture it? This is done through a process called the photovoltaic effect.


Photovoltaic, also known as PV, is the process of turning photons into voltage, or sunlight into energy. The solar panels absorb the light and convert it into usable energy for your home. Because the panels are powered by the sun, it is a renewable resource, it never runs out. They produce no pollution, unlike other energy sources.

The solar panels contain solar cells which are made from silicon wafers, and these cells combine to make solar modules. The solar modules combine to make the actual panel which can work on almost any roof. We always send a technician out to your home to look at which panels will work best for your home as every home is different. South facing roofs generally are the best for getting the most out of solar. The exact number of solar panels needed depends on four factors: average energy consumption, climate and sun exposure, type of solar panel, and characteristics of the roof. Our expert technicians will be able to work with you to determine how many panels will be needed to fully power your home.

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Solar Panel Options

There are many different types of solar panels and choosing the right ones can make a big difference on how efficiently your solar power energy is run throughout your home. Solar panels differ in appearance, technology, efficiency, cost and warranty.  It is important to look into which solar panels will work best on your roof.

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The three main types of solar panels are monocrystalline, polycrystalline, and thin film. There are advantages to each type. Monocrystalline solar panels are made from crystalline silicon.  They are the most expensive because they are the most space efficient; they can generate more power within a smaller space. Polycrystalline work in the same way that monocrystalline panels do, except they are bigger and less expensive. Thin film panels use a different technology than crystalline silicon panels and the technology for this type of panels is still being developed. Currently they are the least energy efficient solar panel, but they are expected to improve in coming years.

The Blue Raven Solar Advantage

One of the biggest advantages of getting solar panels from Blue Raven Solar is working with a highly experienced company that will help you navigate the complicated world of solar power energy. We take pride in being America’s #1 solar power company. We use the latest technology and are constantly updating our systems.

Blue Raven Solar is proud to use mono-crystalline, Tier-1 solar panels in all residential installations. We use modern black-on-black solar panels, which are higher quality and blend in with your roof. Every installation we do will result in a premium look for your home. Your solar panel system is customized for your home, budget, and lifestyle. Installations come with a 25-year warranty on solar equipment, a workmanship warranty, and a roof penetration warranty. We also offer a two-year productivity guarantee.

Our goal is to always increase the value of the property when we install solar panels. We only use the latest technology and the most quality panels to ensure a modern look. 


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