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Here's How Solar Panels Work
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Here's How Solar Panels Work

Patrick Lucas Austin, Gawker Media

Image credit: Kevin Frayer/ Getty

Earlier this month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to offer his help to rebuild Puerto Rico's power grid, damaged by Hurricane Maria. True to his word, the company provided a solar panel and battery storage array to Hospital del Nino, a children's hospital in San Juan.

While solar panel tech has gotten cheaper and more efficient at a prodigious rate, if you're not familiar with how it actually works, I don't blame you. Luckily, Digg made a quick solar panel explainer video with help from former Level Solar engineer Matt Burnrand. If you're curious about the tech providing power to the children's hospital after hurricane Maria damaged its power grid, check it out.

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You can check if your current residence is a prime candidate for renewable energy using, what else, Google. Its Project Sunroof site can estimate how much energy (and cash) you'd save over time based on your address.

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