Solar Trees | 5 Ways Solar Power Can Be Used


Solar power has become an increasingly popular alternative energy source. Architectural designers, advertisers and the average Australian have taken solar technologies and implemented them in many ways you wouldn’t think possible, such as solar trees. Here are 5 different ways you can utilise solar power.

1. Solar Powered Mobility Scooter

Solar Powered Mobility ScooterSourced from summerlandscooters

In a feel-good story posted on Reddit, a helpful neighbour installs a solar canopy on his 80-year-old neighbour’s mobility scooter.

Delivering four times the amount of power for 10 per cent of the price of a traditional motor, the solar panels were installed for a 6 pack of beer.

It has been so effective that the mobility scooter hasn’t had to be plugged in for over 2 months!

Although solar panel mobility scooters are not readily avaliable in the commercial market, there are many solar panel kits that have an easy assembly for those looking for a DIY project. 

2. Solar PaintSolar Panels On Home

In the race for the development of solar paint, Australia has had a breakthrough in its own unique design.

A team of researchers from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) have developed the latest in renewable innovation by designing solar paint.

The paint works by absorbing moisture and using solar energy to break the water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen can be then used to produce green energy.

Other designs from across the world have also seen success, Perovskite solar paint or ‘spray-on solar cells’ was first developed in 1839 and has been in testing ever since.

Couple Home Design Painting

What are the possibilities for solar paint?

  • Adding solar paint to vehicles
  • Adding solar paint to homes
  • Adding solar paint to pavements and commercial spaces

Solar Trees, Solar Light Bulb

3. Solar Street Lights

Already implemented in a handful of suburbs across Australia, solar street lighting is a sustainable and cost-effective way of illuminating our roadways.

Not only does solar streetlights greatly reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, they also do not require underground cabling which means they have less chance of being knocked out by roadworks or storms.

Solar streetlights work by charging their battery throughout the day and when the light levels drop, the light automatically switches on.

4. Solar Trees

Solar TreesSourced from Hotels.com. Australia

Solar trees are an innovative way of generating energy through public design. One of the most famous examples of solar trees is Singapore’s garden project.

Through green architecture, Singapore’s supertrees mimic the ecological design of real plants. These solar trees collect rainwater, act as venting ducts, support other plant life and convert sunshine into usable energy for the city.

Other solar tree designs that you may have seen are:

  • Shading trees at the beach or park for users to lay under.
  • Artistic solar tree displays in town squares.

Solar Sign

5. Solar Powered Signage

Solar powered signs are an increasingly popular trend as it allows digital devices to appear in remote areas.

For example, solar powered signs can be used on hiking trails to give users directions, useful information and engaging displays.

Solar signs can also be utilised by advertisers as a way of reducing costs and achieving renewable energy targets for their business or organisation.

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Solar power is becoming an increasingly popular choice when it comes to architectural design. Dubbed the cheapest electricity source in history, solar power is one of the leading renewable technologies in the world.

Keen to start utilising solar power too?

Solar panel installation on your home is a great way to kick off your renewable energy journey.

Not only do solar panels reduce your reliance on fossil fuels they also save you hundreds of dollars on your electricity bills and raise the value of your property.

Not sure where to start when it comes to solar?

Our solar quiz gives you tailored solar system suggestions such as system size, system costs and money saved! Solar Market also has a free to use solar calculator where you can discover available rebates, return on investment information and electricity bill savings.

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Solar Market offers three complimentary solar quotes from CEC accredited installers in your area so that you are getting a system that is tailored to your needs and property, instead of what the installer wants to sell. Ready for solar, let’s get you connected!

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Understanding Batteries

Off-Grid Systems

For some households a battery system can be of great benefit and minimise a home’s reliance on the grid. However, it’s important to understand for a battery to be useful your solar system needs to be generating excess energy for the battery to store, which you can then use at night or when the sun is not out.

When selecting a battery, you’ll want to invest in a system that is most suited to your home and can drive the best return on investment (ROI). Despite a larger upfront cost, a higher quality battery may significantly increase your ROI.

    Battery systems start from $6,000 and costs can vary greatly based on the following factors:

  1. Cycle Life-Time

    The number of times a battery can fully charge and discharge.

  2. Battery Power (kW)

    How fast it can be charged or discharged.

  3. Storage Capacity (kWh)

    The maximum amount of energy a battery system can store.

  4. Battery Management System (BMS)

    An electronic ‘smart’ system that gathers data and manages the battery ensuring it does not overload or operate outside of its safe functioning zone..

  5. Inverter

    Battery systems require their own inverter if your solar system does not have a hybrid inverter.

  6. 'All-In-One Unit’

    A system which includes the battery, BMS and an inverter all in one unit.

  7. Warranty

    Length of time or cycles the battery system is under guarantee.

  8. Blackout Protection/Backup

    It’s important to note this is not a common feature of a battery system and could cost thousands of dollars to include. Blackout protection not only requires additional components but also a specialised installation and rewiring. For grid-connected homes, the cost for blackout protection can outweigh the benefit.

Additionally, if your purpose for adding battery is to go Off-Grid and become completely independent from the grid you will need to ensure your solar system can generate enough energy to power your home and your battery system is large enough to store this energy. For homes in metro areas going Off-grid is not cost effective and is only recommended for those in remote areas with limited access to the grid. Off-grid solar systems with battery start at approximately $30,000.

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