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What do Solar Panels do at Night?

6th July 2021  

Solar energy has been considered one of the most sustainable forms of energy across the globe. More and more individuals are being attracted to solar energy as a favoured mode of energy for powering their places and fulfilling their energy-related specifications. However, there is a common perplexity amongst individuals that do solar panels generate electricity at night.

This common ambiguity is that since they are termed as solar panels and operate with the sun, do the houses remain in dark during the night when there is no sun or do they save power for night? Well practically, solar panels do not generate power at night because the photovoltaic (PV) cells placed in solar panels should hold access to sunlight to generate electricity.

What do solar panels exactly do at night?

The confusion concerning solar operation at night is usually due to the notion of solar storage, which enables houses to still hold an energy supply at night.

A solar panel system aims to assimilate sunlight, also regarded as PV (Photovoltaic energy), and transform it to DC (direct current) energy.

The DC energy is then transmitted through the on-grid solar system to be transformed to AC (Alternate Current) power, which is the kind of energy that most homes operate on.

Generally, the solar panels generate excess power than usual every day, stored in the back electric grid used up by the solar panels during the nighttime.

However, if you want your off-grid or on-grid solar system to perform better and more efficiently at night, you can adopt these two indirect ways mentioned below.

Choose an off-grid solar system

Choosing an off-grid solar system is one of the most effective ways that allows you to save power for night. This includes connecting your solar systems with the power grid wherein the excess power generated by the solar panels is transferred to the batteries in the grid.

Hence, by using these solar panels, you can utilize the grid energy throughout the day while the solar panels generate power and it is saved in the off-grid solar system. Then at night, when your solar panels are not generating any energy, an off-grid solar system can be turned on and you can utilize the power credits you had saved to the grid during the daytime.

Solar battery accumulation

Another prevalent method to make your solar system save more power at night is to not store the power produced to the grid but collect it in the batteries connected with the solar systems. In this manner, the solar panels restore these batteries throughout the day with solar energy and at nighttime.

With these two alternatives, you can harness the energy produced by your solar panels during the day and night. If you wish to install a solar system at your place to save a substantial amount on your utility bills then look no further than Waaree Solar. Waaree Solar is a prominent name in the field of solar energy that can assist you with all your on-grids and off-grid solar system purchases and installation.

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