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How Do Solar Panels Work?



How Do Solar Panels Work?

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     challenging words:    spacecraft, electron, negative, electrical, solar, power, efficient, receive, layer, electric, better, hail, positive, become, battery, movement


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How Do Solar Panels Work?
By Cindy Grigg
  

1     Many homes today use solar panels to make electricity. Some cars are powered by solar panels. Spacecraft use solar panels for energy. How do solar panels work?
 
2     A solar panel is made up of many small solar cells. Each cell uses light energy from the sun to make electricity. When you turn on a light switch, electrons move through the electric cord and light up the bulb. (Electrons are small parts of atoms that have negative electrical charges.) That flow of electrons is electricity.
 
3     Solar cells use light to make electrons move. Solar cells have two layers stuck together. The first layer has many electrons. It has a negative electrical charge. The second layer has some electrons taken away. It has a positive electrical charge. It is ready to receive more electrons.

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