This past January was a record month for roof top solar panels. Compared to the same month in 2017 there was a 69% rise in residential installations. In Queensland, alone, almost a third of its residential homes are using solar power. These solar systems are not just powering individual houses they are also helping to power the grid.
So, what is spurring homeowners to have solar panels installed on their roof tops?
Low installation costs contrasted with high energy costs (Australia has some of the highest in the world), could be the combination driving adoption of this green technology. As well as the fact that any energy produced by the system and not used by a household, is effectively bought by energy companies. Not paying the utility company and having it pay you instead, is music to most people’s ears.
Further, the government offers a federal solar rebate, which allows homeowners to achieve a deduction of approximately 30% of the cost of installing a solar energy system making Solar Power more affordable.
So, what exactly is solar power, how does it work and how does a household become part of the solar panel trend?
Solar power is generated when sunlight is converted into electricity or used to heat air, water, or other fluids; solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal technology respectively.
Solar photovoltaic technology converts the energy of the sun directly into electricity using photovoltaic cells. These photovoltaic cells are present in the well-known solar panels that we see on solar farms in the country and on rooftops in the neighborhoods.
Once the energy is generated, it goes into a grid connect inverter which converts it from DC electricity into 240 V AC electricity. This new form of electricity can then be used by the household and stored by the grid.
Some homeowners, especially in rural areas, choose to store their energy in batteries for later use in periods when the sun is not shining.
These are the basics of solar power; a simple but advantageous technology. If this information convinces your household to consider solar power energy, then the next step is to contact us and speak with one of our experts.
PSD also suggest that you check with your energy provider to make sure that your current plan is still the right one for you. You want to get the most financial benefit from your system and what your utility company pays for unused power can make a big difference.
Australia has the highest solar radiation per square metre of any continent, which means that it is an ideal place for solar power. If your household is considering its benefits, then please contact our company today for further information.