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Learn about solar power for residential properties, how it works, why it’ll save you money and what you need to know before installing at your property.

What is a solar pv system?

A Solar PV System is a system that converts sunlight directly into electricity using its various components. For residential solar, the panels are typically placed on the roof to receive the most sunlight. When the sun shines on the solar panels, energy is generated. This energy is Direct Current Energy (DC) and is converted into Alternating Energy (AC) once fed through the solar system’s inverter. AC electricity is the type of electricity your household appliances use to run off.

If you have a solar system, any generated energy you use is essentially free. Any excess energy is sent to the Grid (unless you have battery storage) and you will receive reimbursement in the form of a Feed-in Tariff (FIT).

A solar system can only generate electricity when the sun is out and will not generate any energy at night. However, a solar system will still generate energy in overcast conditions.

As a solar system does not generate energy at night a grid connected solar system will pull energy from the grid to ensure your home is still running as normal.

Find out more on Grid Connected or Off Grid Systems Here

Best practice when you have a solar pv system is to try and adjust your energy habits so that you use the majority of your energy during the day when your solar system is generating energy and minimise your use at night to reduce the amount you’ll be charged for grid power.

Get some tips on how to adjust your energy habits and maximise your solar savings

TIP: PV stands for the word “photovoltaic”, meaning; to convert light into electricity.

 
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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.