Solar Panels are generators that utilize the energy of the Sun to generate EU. This fact means that they cannot work underground (unless there is an unobstructed view of the sky) or in the Nether. They also don't work at night.
The addition of the electronic circuits in their latest design has done some strange things. Now that they have awareness they have all decided (union rules, nothing we can do) that they will not be working as hard if the weather goes bad.
Note: Recipe changed from using Copper Cable to Electronic Circuit in v.1.337
Optionally place an RE Battery in the upper slot. The collector will charge the battery or output power at a rate of 1 EU/t during daytime(from 6:20 to 17:45). Inclement weather affects energy production.
|Output||1 EU/t (13050 EU/day)|
Due to the relative weakness of power generation, the Solar Panels are often assembled into so-called Solar Flowers. These constructions provide the benefit of compact and relatively cheap Solar Panel arrangement without energy losses. This is a design that existed in IC and is all but nullified by the Tin Cable in IC2, which allows micro currents to be carried 40 blocks.