Flexible Solar Panels: The Basics

Are you new to solar energy and the technology that utilizes them? Then, look no further. We’ll give you the 411 in the most succinct and comprehensive manner. This is your go-to glossary of flexible solar panels. Find out what goes into their core.


  • Balance of Systems –  Everything in a photovoltaic system, excluding the solar panels themselves. This means the wiring, the batteries, the support racks, the switches, and the inverter.


  • Diodes – Permits one electric current to pass, while blocking the opposing one. Regulates the flow of electricity, not unlike a traffic light.


  • MC4 Connector – Electrical connectors responsible for connecting solar panels. Used to link larger ones; unnecessary for smaller panels.


  • Photovoltaics – Turns solar radiation into electricity through semiconductors. Comprised of amorphous silicon, monocrystalline silicon, copper indium gallium selenide/sulfide, cadmium telluride, and polycrystalline silicon.


  • Power Inverter –  This is an electrical device that switches the direct electric current to an alternating one. Transformers, switches, and control circuits can affect the voltage and frequency of the latter.


  • Solar Cells –  A device that transforms sunlight into electricity through photovoltaics. Also known as a photovoltaic cell and a photoelectric cell.


  • Solar Energy –  The conversion of sunlight into electricity or thermal energy. A natural and renewable power source.


  • Solar Modules/Solar Panels – A connected mass of photovoltaic cells, united in one sleek package. Its power usually runs from 100 to 450 watts.


  • Solar Tracker – A mount that angles solar panels in the direction of the sun. Can be fixed or mobile.


This is just a run-down of the specifics. If you’re interested in expanding your knowledge or to get a quote on our flexible solar panels, you can reach one of our experts by giving us a call at 866-819-6035.

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