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How do solar PV panels work?

Sunlight is made up of photons, and when it hits the semi-conductor metal of the PV panel, electrons are released; these electrons form a direct current. People have been using PV for years, for example Sharp release their first pocket calculator in 1976 which has a number of PV cells. A typical solar PV systems consist of three main elements:

Does Solar PV work in Ireland?

There is an opinion out there that Solar technology would not work in Ireland , this stems from people thinking that we don’t get enough sunlight in the summer, never mind the winter. This however is not true, photovoltaic cells work on sunlight as opposed to the heat from the sun. In fact, Ireland has the same annual Irradiation levels as many parts of central europe, ranging from 1200 kWhr/m2/yr in the south of the country to 1000 kWhr/m2/yr in the north of the country, a good average for the entire country is 1100 kWhr/m2/yr. If you consider our typical winters would not be as bad as many parts of central europe, our mild climate is ideal for solar installations, as we never get too hot or too cold and we have good light levels for a large part of the year.
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