How do Solar Panels work?

Solar panels are made up special materials classified as semi-conductors which are able to generate electricity when exposed to light. Solar panel constructions are of different types some panels operate better in high temperatures and low light situations however are twice in surface area.

Will I be financially better off getting solar power?

Yes, in maximum cases, getting solar power reduces your electricity bills and allows you to save money as it dwindles the amount of power you buy from the grid, moreover, you receive tariff for excess power you sell to the grid. The amount of electricity you have will depend on various factors comprising of system size, location and your individual electricity utilization patterns. However, be frugal of the allegation that you never need to pay your bill again or eradicate it completely.

How long will it take for a solar power system to pay for itself?

The payback period of a solar power system ranges widely, prominently depending on the initial investment, the usage patterns of the consumer and the size of the system. For homes that utilize a small amount of electricity and receive premium feed in tariff the payback period can be less than 3 years. For households which consume more electricity and are not eligible for the premium feed in tariff, the payback period will near 7 years.

How much will my system cost?

This depends on a number of factors, including your altitude, geographic location, the pitch of your roof, and the specifications of your system.

Rest assured that we offer affordable and competitive prices, and we can match other written quotes. We can also help you with accessing the rebates and incentives available in your area.

Is it better to store excess power or sell it back to the grid?

While this depends on the specific details of your home and your system, it is usually more cost effective to store excess power with a solar battery storage system. This is because your household will very likely need to use electricity at night when your solar aren’t generating any power.

The power you will need to draw from the grid will also be more expensive than the rate you receive for selling your solar power back to the grid.

What is the proposed life span of a Solar PV System?

It is estimated to continue generate electricity for 25+ years if managed properly. The manufacturers guarantee that the system will continue to produce 80% or more for 25 years.

Does the system require regular maintenance?

Very minimal maintenance is requisite provided that the components of the Solar Power System are fabricated to a high level of quality. The surface of the panels are self-cleaning depending on the degree of the pitch. However a periodical health check is recommended to ensure that the system will function its best for 25 years. You will be administered a maintenance schedule following complete installation.

Will it help the environment if I get solar power?

Solar energy is classified as renewable energy. Meaning that this energy comes from sources which are naturally replenished. The sources are endless on a human timescale like sunlight, wind, rain, tides, geothermal heat etc. Furthermore, solar power generation produces no greenhouse gas emissions or air pollution. It will aid the fight against Global Warming.

How much does it cost to maintain my solar panels?

Nothing! This is basically free because our systems should not require any maintenance. We install panels at a tilted level that ensures debris will not collect, even if you have a flat roof. The occasional rain fall will act as a shower for your panels, keeping them free and clear to perform optimally. In very excessive dry periods we recommend giving them a quick spray with a hose to clear any leaves that may have collected if there are trees nearby.

What should I consider when choosing my solar panels?

Every household uses energy differently and so will have different requirements for solar power.

At a basic level some of the things we recommend bearing in mind are:

Panel efficiency – This is the rate solar panels transfer sunlight into electricity. The higher the efficiency the more solar power it will produce.

Panel productivity: Temperature efficiency is how effective the panels are at higher temperatures

Warranty: This guarantees the endurance of your system over time, each panel manufacturer is different, so think about how long you want them to last and take this into consideration

Your budget: This will dictate the quality of the panels you end up with. As with anything that needs to be durable, you want to avoid cheap and/or unsafe products.

How can solar power help during the current climate crisis?

The recent catastrophic bushfires and long, record-breaking droughts evidence how badly the country is suffering from global warming. By 2050 the number of extreme fire days is likely to increase by 15-70%. We need to do something now.

So how can solar power help? Solar power is a completely clean source of energy. Unlike burning coals and fossil fuels, it releases ZERO greenhouse gasses and doesn’t damage our planet. The sun is an unlimited and reliable source of energy, it will shine anyway, so take advantage of this and make it work for you!

We all need to become more sustainable for the safety of our planet. Invest in your future AND save on your bills by switching to solar.

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