Solar PV panels on the roofs of homes and businesses generate clean electricity by converting the energy in sunlight. This conversion takes place within modules of specially fabricated materials that make up the solar panels. It is a relatively simple process that requires no moving parts. In most cases solar panels are connected to the mains power supply through a device called an inverter.
Solar panels are different to solar hot water systems, which are also mounted on household roof-tops but use the heat from the sun to provide hot water for household uses.
The technology to convert sunlight into electricity was developed in the 19th century, but it was only in the second half of the 20th century that development accelerated behind the need to provide reliable supplies of electricity in remote locations from satellites in space to outback Australia.
Solar panels have been installed on the rooftops of houses and other buildings in Australia since the 1970s. Currently there are more than 1,000,000 solar panel systems safely and reliably delivering clean electricity across Australia.
How Much Does Solar Cost?
Being an informed consumer is increasingly important. Similar to buying a car or a computer, you’ll want to be sure that your system is a sound investment that best meets your needs at a reasonable price. It is important to be clear on what you want from your solar PV system.
Are you after a system that will partially offset your energy consumption for 5-10 years before requiring a system upgrade? Or do you want a system that will completely offset your household’s electricity use for the next 25 years? Like buying a second-hand car as opposed to a brand-new sports car, these two solar PV systems are both sound investments depending on your needs, but will vary significantly in price.
Are there any Government Incentives?
Government Incentives for Solar Power are still available for new installs across Australia. Each state has various incentives available for both Residential Solar Installations and Commercial Installations. Again these vary depending on which state of Australia you reside in.
There are two main incentive’s available for the installation of a Solar PV System in Australia. These are the Feed In Tariff (FiT) and the Renewable Energy Credits (REC’s) Also known as the “Solar Rebate”