How Solar Works
The Basics Of Solar
All too often in today’s world of solar, tech-talk gets consistently dressed up as quality, and this can create confusion.
In a nutshell, here’s a simple summary of how solar power systems work:
- A solar power system consists of solar panels known as Photovoltaic panels (PV panels) and an inverter. The number of solar panels your system requires will depend on the total energy you expect your solar system to generate.
- The PV panels installed on your roof convert the sun’s energy into DC (Direct Current) electricity.
- The inverter plays a very important role in your system operation, and converts the DC electricity produced by the solar panels into AC (Alternating Current) electricity, required for 240V household use.
- The solar power system operates any time the sun is shining (even on cloudy days), and can power your entire home if large enough.
- A grid-connect solar system redirects any excess power your system generates back into the electricity grid when solar energy production exceeds your household use. This allows you to earn money from your solar power system and you have to love that!
Why Solar Has Boomed
Energy is fast becoming a real challenge for both the planet and global economies. It has also become a big issue for all Australians and their household budgets. With the constant pressure of rising electricity costs, (and it won’t stop rising anytime soon), we are all looking for a better power solution.
Australians are also becoming more aware of the impact that traditional electricity production has on the planet and our environment. For some, going solar can be an environmental statement and a way to contribute to the protection of our planet.
Today, solar energy is the easiest, safest and most efficient way to alleviate this ongoing energy crisis, and solar has therefore boomed in Australia and around the world.
State and Federal Governments have realised that solar is the future, and have offered generous incentives to Australians who go solar. This includes Federal Government Rebates to assist householders with the purchase and installation of their solar power system, and State Government Feed in Tariffs for any excess power your solar system generates and feeds back into the electricity grid.
So whether you’re thinking of going solar to save money, to make money, or to help the environment, you should do it now!
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