How Does Solar Power Work?
Solar power gives you the ability take your RV off the grid while still using your refrigerator, lights and other appliances for extended periods. It’s cost-effective, environmentally and requires little maintenance — but how does it work?
The Short Version…
A solar panel is made up of individual solar cells — small devices that can convert sunlight to energy. When several panels are joined together you have a solar array.
Solar panels convert the sun’s energy into direct current (DC) electricity, and this charges your RV’s batteries, storing the electricity. A power inverter converts this DC power to AC (alternating current) in order to run your RV lights and appliances.
Want to Know More?
This brief video provides a more detailed, technical explanation of the process:
Your Complete RV Solar Power System
The solar solution that powers your RV is made up of a number of components, all working together to collect, store and provide the power you need. Check out the interactive graphic below to learn more about the various components and how they interact.