Solar power is electricity which is delivered by solar panels when the sun shines on their surface. Solar power is widely used across Australia and around the world as a renewable power source.
What Makes Up A Solar Power System?
A solar power system is made up of a number of components.
- Solar panels – These are the panels which are fixed to rails on your roof. The yield is what determines a solar panels output. The more output your solar panels produce, the more power you’ll have to offset your power bills.
- Inverter – Solar panels only produce DC electricity. Since all the appliances in most homes use AC power, it’s necessary to convert the DC to AC using an inverter. Many good quality solar inverters come from China, although the European brands are typically more reliable.
- Solar racking – The solar racking is used to fix your solar panels to your roof. There are some factors which may influence the type of racking you need and how much. More fixings are required in cyclone-prone regions. Also corrosion-resistant solar racking is required if the solar panels are installed near the ocean.
How Does Solar Power Work?
Solar power in Australia has changed over the years. How solar panels work hasn’t changed much. How solar policy in Australia works has changed a lot.
How Solar Panels Work?
Solar panels generate electricity when the special silicon materials are hit by light “photons”. The photons which hit your solar panels “push” electrons through the material, creating electricity.
How Solar Power Policies in Australia Work
In Australia, there are 2 main incentives offered by governments:
- STCs (Small-scale Renewable Energy Certificates) – These are like “rebates” which go towards paying the upfront cost of your solar power system.
- FiTs (Feed-in-tariffs) – This is the money which is paid for any solar power which you don’t use – which is “fed in” to the main power grid. Feed-in-tariffs in Australia are all but gone. In Northern NSW, solar feed in tariffs are no longer paid by the state government. Some energy retailers will still pay a small amount ($0.06 – $0.10) per kWh which is sent to the grid.
In Northern NSW, solar power works mainly by offsetting your power bills. You won’t need to buy as much power from the grid, since you can use it directly from your solar panels – saving you money.
Contact us to find out more about solar power policies in your area
Is Solar Power Worth It?
Solar power typically pays for itself in a number of years. How long it takes to pay itself off depends on each individual circumstance. Here are the things that influence your solar return on investment:
- How much you pay for the solar system
- How much of the power generated you use in your home/business
- How much power is sent to the grid
- How much feed-in-tariff you receive for energy sent to the grid
- The quality of your system – how long it lasts and whether it needs maintenance
- With rising energy costs and the low cost of solar power, it is usually worth investing in solar panels.