What is a Photon?

A photon is a particle of light. According to livescience.com, “they are light particles (and so much more). Everyone is surrounded by photons: The light coming from the screen you’re viewing is composed of photons, the X-ray doctors use to see bones are made of photons, the radio in a car receives its signal from photons, and the magnets on a fridge use photons to hold themselves up.” 

How Do Solar Panels Work?

According to Us.Sunpower.com, “when photons hit a solar cell, they knock electrons loose from their atoms. If conductors are attached to the positive and negative sides of a cell, it forms an electrical circuit. When electrons flow through such a circuit, they generate electricity. Multiple cells make up a solar panel, and multiple panels (modules) can be wired together to form a solar array. The more panels you can deploy, the more energy you can expect to generate.”