How Solar Panels Work

 How Solar Panels Work

Solar panels are the rage these days. According to industry reports, solar power made up about 40% of all new electric capacity installed in 2014. In addition, the nation’s solar capacity by the end of 2016 is projected to be double what it was at the beginning of 2015, while costs continue to decline and panel efficiencies increase.

For owners of Recreational Vehicles, they have opened up a whole new world of boondocking and off-the-grid camping.

Unlike power plants, wind turbines and other power-generating means, solar panels have no moving parts. Ever wonder just how they work?

The folks at put this informational graphic together that

How solar panels work

Mike Wendland

Mike Wendland is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road at He and Jennifer also host the weekly RV Podcast and do twice-weekly videos on the YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. They have written 10 books on RV travel.

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