ELI5: Explain Like I'm 5

solar cell

A solar cell is like a tiny magic machine that takes energy from the sun and turns it into electricity that powers things like your phone, computer, and lights in your home. The sun's energy creates electrons in the solar cell, which are then turned into small amounts of electricity (voltage) that flow from the cell to whatever device you need powered. This type of electricity is called renewable energy, meaning it can always be used, and will never run out.