Beginners Guide to Solar Energy & Panels

Solar Energy in the Caribbean

Meaning & History of Solar Energy

Solar cells capture the sun’s light (photons) and convert it to electricity (voltage). This process is known as photovoltaic. It can be used to power businesses, cars, homes, calculators, and other appliances.

How Does a Solar Panel Work?

The light particles from the sun are restored/captured by solar cells in a solar panel; then, they are turned into electricity and added to the energy grid. Not many know this fact that multiple solar panels are wired together to develop a solar array. More panels, when placed together, can generate electricity at its maximum efficiency.

Types of Solar Power Plant

Solar Power (energy) Plant can be classified into three different types that are:

  1. Utility-Scale
  2. Commercial
  3. Residential
  • Utility-Scale — These power plants are designed to supply the power grid with optimum electricity in line with small to medium-sized gas and coal-fired power plants. Solar power plants are expected to generate hundreds of thousands of megawatts of electricity.
  • Commercial — These solar power plants are utilized by businesses settled on rooftops, vacant land, parking structures, and massive places. The excess solar energy generated can be sold to the local utility companies.
  • Residential — Here, the solar energy comes from the rooftop solar system that generates electricity per your home’s size. During the rainy season, homeowners get the supply of energy stored in the solar panel. This form of solar energy is inexpensive and long-lasting.

What are the Advantages of Solar Energy?

The benefits of solar energy are endless;

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The Caribbean is a region of the Americas that comprises the Caribbean Sea, its surrounding coasts, and its islands.