There are many reasons for household owners to choose to convert to solar power. Here are just a few:
Reduce your carbon footprint
Solar energy is a clean and green source of energy. It doesn’t release any greenhouse gases and apart from needing water to function, it uses no other resources. A 1kw home solar panel system will prevent…
77 kilograms of coal from being burned
135 kilograms of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere
397 litres of water being consumed
Freedom from energy price hikes
Traditional electricity relies heavily on fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas. Not only are they bad for the environment but they are limited resources which creates a volatile market in which energy prices alter throughout the day. By investing in solar power systems you can be free against unpredictable energy price increases.
Solar power can use underutilised land
In Australia, we have vast lands that are far away from the big cities that aren’t being used for anything at all. We can actually make use of this land with solar farms that are used to harvest solar energy in large numbers.
Less chance of electricity loss
Solar panels produce energy on your rooftop unlike traditional electricity that needs to be transported from big power plants to end-consumers via extensive networks. Long distance transmissions are vulnerable to power losses which can result in blackouts and brownouts for the customer. Solar power systems are durable so the chances of service interruptions are reduced.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
What are solar panels?
A solar panel (also known as a solar module, photovoltaic (PV) module or photovoltaic (PV) panel) is a packaged, connected assembly of photovoltaic cells. The solar panel can be used as a component of a larger photovoltaic system to generate and supply electricity in commercial and residential applications.
Each panel is rated by its DC (direct current) output power under standard test conditions and typically ranges from 100 to 450 watts.
How do solar panels work?
In a nutshell, there are four main phases that the energy passes through to get from the sun to your home. Firstly, we know that sunlight contains energy. Certain materials such as silicon can absorb this energy using a process known as the ‘photoelectric effect’. The sun’s rays shine down on the solar panel and the energy is absorbed into the silicon.
The energy then passes through a solar cell which is a thin semi-conductor wafer specially treated to form an electric field. Electric conductors are attached to the solar cell to form a circuit which then captures the released electrons in the form of an electrical current.
The electrical current that the photovoltaic module (solar panel) produces is direct current (DC) electricity. As most of us need alternating current (AC) electricity, an inverter is used to convert DC into AC.
What Government Rebates are available for solar power?
The Empowering Homes Program provides interest-free loans of up to $14,000 to eligible owner-occupiers in NSW that install solar PV and battery storage systems over the next 10 years.
Under the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme, Australian households that install a small-scale renewable energy system such as solar may be able to receive a benefit to help with the purchase cost.