What is Solar Energy? How does it work? How much does Solar cost?

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Energy created by the heat and light of the sun is called solar energy. Solar power is produced when energy from the sun is converted into electricity or used to heat air, water or other substances

Solar PV is simply short for Solar Photovoltaic. Solar PV is a technology which captures and converts sunlight directly into electricity by using semiconductors.

In a nutshell, Solar panels convert solar energy into usable electricity. Incoming sunlight strikes a Solar Panel which converts the sunlight into a usable electricity. This current is known as direct current (DC) electricity and must be converted to alternating current (AC) electricity using a solar inverter. This conversion is necessary because the electric grid operates using AC electricity, as do most household electric appliances.

Solar Batteries are used to store electricity that you have already captured and produced to then use at a later time.

There’s many factors to consider with this question; The weather and available energy, the quality and longevity of the equipment, the quality of install and workmanship, the system you choose et al. You’re welcome to contact one of our friendly team members to clarify a specific enquiry you have

You want to be producing enough electricity to completely eliminate your bill, right? So obviously each household is going to be different. You can always contact us to calculate the size of the system you will require. However it’s always best to get advice from a professional who can tailor and design a system specifically to your needs.

During rainy or cloudy days, Solar Panels can still capture a little bit of sun, just like your skin can tan on a cloudy day but Solar Panels do not work at night. You will either use electricity from the grid or power stored from your Solar Battery

The pricing of a Solar Energy System is influenced by the size of the installation. A 6kW system will be cheaper than a 10kW system. Additionally, like buying cars, costs also vary between different brands, models and accessories.  Send a quick message to our team for a pricing for your needs

There are two forms of cash incentives to help pay for your Solar Systems

  • A one off Government solar incentive scheme called Small-scale Technology Certificate (STC) which pays off approximately $3500 of a 6kW system cost at installation. The bigger the system, the higher the STC.
  • Feed in tariff is the rate that your utility company pays you for every kWh of unused solar energy produced by your solar system during the day, which automatically transferred to the grid. This could range from $0.07 to $0.19 per kWh and could vary between the utility companies and your negotiation skills. Make sure you shop around! The feed in tariff credits will be firstly used to offset your electricity costs, further credits available could be paid out in cash to you, a nice passive income generated by your solar system.

Solar panels do produce electricity in cloudy weather. They don’t produce as much electricity as they do on sunny days, but they have been shown to produce 25% of what they produce on a sunny day, or 10% when it’s very cloudy.

There are hundreds of solar panels to choose from with different brands, size, quality and costs. We regularly check the industry research and based on our technical assessment and comparisons to shortlist the most reliable solar panels to meet your budget. Please contact us to find out more

From the day they’re installed. Depending on when you currently receive your bill, it could be from the very first month! 

When your Solar Panels receive light and produce energy during the day they send excess energy that you’re not using back to the grid (or to your Solar Battery). All that excess energy is credited, for any usage you need when your Solar Panels aren’t producing.

It all depends on how much electricity your home or business uses, where you live, the rate you’re currently being charged for electricity, and several other factors. The good news for Australians is since a few changes in 2017, the overwhelming answer to this question is .. yes!

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