When sunlight touches the solar panel on the top of this wind turbine, the motor begins turning, spinning the blades. how does it work? the solar cells generate electricity when the sun or a halogen light shines on them. the electricity is used to drive a small motor that spins the blades. the solar cells in this item is encased within a flexible polymer approved for space applications, making them exceptionally reliable. the solar panel will not generate electricity under fluorescent or neon light sources.