Solar photovoltaic cells, or “PV cells,” are the equipment that starts the process of generating solar power. They’re typically placed on rooftops and sometimes on the ground. The sun’s rays strike the PV panels and are absorbed by the semiconductor material. This knocks electrons loose, which begin to flow along wires within the PV cells, and the flow of electrons creates electricity. More solar panels means that more energy can be captured.
Some solar projects serve individual homes or businesses, and some provide power directly to the grid. For example, if the panels are on a home or business rooftop, they power that location. However, the 3.8 million solar panels at our Antelope Valley project feed into the electric grid and serve everyone in the region.