We all know that sunlight can burn our skin and bleach our hair, but how does solar energy really work and how can we harness its power?
Solar energy can be converted from simple sunshine to electricity that can run our house. By transitioning to solar you could save thousands on simple electricity costs you may not have even noticed you have been accumulating! So how do we capture and use solar energy?
How Does Capturing Solar Energy Work?
This electricity can be used to power our homes, or it can be exported to the electricity grid at a feed-in tariff price.
But how do we capture this thing called solar energy?
Solar energy can be captured, converted and utilised all by installing solar panels on your roof. Solar panels are made up of silicon photovoltaic (PV) cells. When sunlight hits these cells the solar PV absorbs the sunlight and electricity is produced.
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How Can Solar Energy Be Used?
The type of electricity solar panels produce is Direct Current (DC). Direct Current electricity unfortunately is not suitable to be used within our homes. So, how we change the current to something we can use?
All solar panel systems come with an Inverter. The job of an inverter is to change the Direct Current electricity produced from our solar panels and change it into an Alternating Current (AC). Alternating Current is what we use to power our homes and everything in our day to day lives.
Now that your electricity is ready for use, it needs to be directed to a switchboard where it then can be sent off to all of your appliances in your home. Although the switchboard will always use your solar energy first, it has the ability to access extra energy from the grid in the event that your solar production isn’t enough.
How Can I Sell My Unused Solar Energy?
When a solar panel system is installed in your home a bi-directional meter, or a utility meter, needs to be installed as well (your electricity supplier will do this for you).
This meter is used to record all power you draw from the grid and any power you export back to the grid. This is known as net-metering.
Any unused solar energy that has been exported to the grid will earn you credit on your next electricity bill. This is called a feed-in tariff (FiT). Feed in tariff rates vary from state to state and energy provider to energy provider.
Exporting unused solar energy to the grid and gaining feed in tariff rates can save you thousands of dollars over the course of your solar systems life span.
How Do I Install Solar So That I Can Utilise Solar Energy?
Interested in how you can use solar to power your home? We have provided you an estimated price list per solar panel system size.
|System Size||Price Estimates|
|1.5kW system||$2,510 – $4,860|
|3kW system||$2,550 – $6,950|
|4kW system||$3,190 – $7,930|
|5kW system||$3,120 – $9,510|
|6kW system||$3,470 – $10,990|
|7kW system||$5,160 – $10,990|
|10kW system||$7,660 – $14,100|
- Updated November 2019
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