Solar panels are made up of photovoltaic (PV) cells that absorb the sun’s energy and use it to create a flow of electrons, producing electricity.
The electricity that your solar panels generate that you can’t immediately use can be sold to your energy company or stored in a battery for use when the sun has set.
Depending upon your location, there may be government incentives to install solar photovoltaic systems (PV) at your home or business.
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What are Solar Panels
Solar panels convert sunlight into direct current electricity. These panels are roughly two metres by one metre and generate anything between 200 and 400 watts of energy per hour of sunshine. They can still generate some electricity on a partly cloudy day.
Solar panels mostly go on the roof of your home, shed or even on the ground. They can be fitted on the Northern, Western or Eastern side of your roof. You will get the most benefits from solar panels that are always in the sun, however, they can be fitted in places with some shade.
The life span of solar panels is around 25 years and they can be recycled at the end of their lives
How do Solar Panels Work:
A domestic solar system comprises panels and an inverter. The inverter converts the direct current produced by the panels into an alternating current that will run your home appliances. It also manages feeding into the grid.
Solar panels are made up of multiple PV cells connected together. When sunlight hits the cells, it is absorbed by the silicon in the cells, which creates an electric field that drives the electrons to move in a specific direction, producing a flow of electricity.
You can be generating energy from early in the morning to late in the afternoon. The energy generated by your solar panels needs to be used immediately either in your home or it goes back to the energy company (if you don’t have batteries).
The Benefits of Solar Panels
- By generating your own electricity you will reduce your electricity bill
- By selling your excess electricity to your power company will further reduce your bill
- You will reduce your current carbon footprint
- You will generate your own electricity from a clean source
- You will create shade under the panels that will reduce the heat load on your roof
- If you run your appliances during the day, such as washing machine and dishwasher, those appliances can use the energy you are generating from your own solar panels
“Solar panels have saved me lots of money and the best investment I’ve made.”
How much does it cost to install solar panels?
Do I need to maintain my solar panels?
Solar panels are relatively low-maintenance and do not require much upkeep. However, it is important to keep the panels free of debris and other obstructions that may reduce their efficiency. It is also recommended to have them professionally cleaned and inspected periodically.
Can I install solar panels myself?
No, this is a highly regulated field. Only Clean Energy Council Accredited installers should be installing solar panels.
Can I use solar panels during a power outage?
No, unless you have a battery and the correct inverter.
There are government rebates and incentives available depending on the state you live in. Be careful to choose a reliable, knowledgeable and professional installation company who will be able to support any warranty claims.
There are two ways to arrange for sizing and installation of solar panels in your home:
- Get quotes from businesses – we may be able to refer you to a reputable supplier depending upon your location
- Buy from a community group/bulk buy program where the installation company and the equipment have been thoroughly vetted by knowledgeable experts.
One such community group buy scheme is Go Renewable Energy Group Buy Project (visit their website here).