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How Does Solar Work?
Many consumers think solar panels work using heat since they are exposed to sunlight. However, the system takes advantage of the photons (or the particles of light) that the sun produces.
Solar panels take the sun’s photons to free the electrons from atoms. The result, according to Live Science, is the generation of electricity. Technically, the photovoltaic (PV) cells of the solar panels take the sunlight and its energy to produce electricity, which is specifically DC. Using an inverter, this DC current is transformed into AC. This last step is crucial so you can have power in your home.
A solar system is a set-and-forget system, meaning you can leave it to do its job without giving further attention. Therefore, once you have the system installed in your home or office building, it will turn itself on automatically in the morning and it will do a self check every day. It is crucial that the panels are exposed to the sun or are not covered. This way, the inverter can do its job without hindrance.
This on-grid Inverter Needs Two Things to Power Itself on:
- Alternating current (AC)
- Solar Panels
AC is the electrical current that you need to power up your appliances, for instance. When you plug anything into the wall socket, this type of electrical current will send power to the lights or appliances that are connected to it.
Since solar panels work by taking solar energy, consumers often wonder if they can no longer use solar power when it is rainy or cloudy. Rest assured that the solar panels will still work and generate power even when the sun is hiding behind the clouds, for example. They can still produce energy to assist in lowering your power bills.
Germany is proof that solar panels work despite the cold weather. Even though it is not particularly sunny in Germany, the country is one of the leaders in solar power.
Another common concern is in wintertime. Homeowners believe that they cannot use their solar panels when it is snowing. The good news is that this technology works even in cool temperatures.
Which Size of the Solar System Is Ideal for Me?
It is a tricky question to answer because homeowners and business owners have their own requirements. However, it always pays to stick to our solar power philosophy which is, you should get as much solar for your property as quickly as you can. This way, you can truly benefit from your solar system and maximise your savings as well.If you are a homeowner, here are a few metrics to consider:
- If you have a smaller property, take a look at your power bill first. Compare it to the amount of savings that you would like to achieve with the help of the solar system. If your monthly power bill averages around $200, you will most likely benefit from a 3kW system.
- Consider the power units that you consume in a day. Taking the example above, the 3kW solar system (made up of a 3kW inverter and 3.5kW panels) will produce approximately 22 power units. This number is often applied during the peak of the summer season when the sun does not hide behind the clouds.
- Meanwhile, if your power bill tells you that you consume and require bigger power units than the example above, we recommend that you go straight to the largest option you have.
- Despite having a much larger than normal solar system when it comes to size, you will still be entitled to the government rebate.
- The cut-off for the rebate is a 6.6kW solar panel package with a 5kW inverter for a single phase property and note that single-phase properties are only allowed to use up to a 5kW inverter.
- Three phase properties can have up to 5kw of inverter capacity on each phase, so 15kw of inverter in total. The inverter can handle more panels easily and having more panels will make your inverter work much harder and longer throughout the day. This will ensure you get the most out of your solar system.
- A 6.6kW package can give you up to 36 units during the sunniest days in the summer. This amount of units per day will assist in achieving up to a 70% reduction in your power bill.
What about the Solar Rebate?
One thing that you should bear in mind when it comes to buying your solar system, is the rebate. The rebate is based on the size or the number of panels you have. It does not look at the size of the inverter that you are having. Therefore, if you have more panels, you are entitled to a bigger rebate.It helps to educate yourself when it comes to the price structure and the rebates you can get before you install the solar system.
- For instance, if you have a 3.5kW system, the current rebate for it is equal to 59 STC while a 6.6kW system will earn 109 STC. Which is why it is best to go for the biggest solar system that your budget will allow.
- The rebate is given in the form of a certificate, a small scale technology certificate.
- Each year on the 1st January, the rebate is reduced, so in 2020, you will be entitled to 100 stc for a 6.6kw system.
- The small scale technology certificates are assigned to easy solar and we claim the rebate, this allows us to pay for the rest of the solar system. Solar companies talk about “your out of pocket expense” this way our clients don't have to claim the rebate of the government, we handle it.
Do You Have Single-Phase or Three-phase Power?
A lot of customers do not know the type of power they have. The easiest way to tell which one you have is to look at the number of fuses you have underneath the meter.If you have one fuse, you have a single-phase power whereas three fuses denote you have three-phase power. You can also check the width of the main switch in your electrical or meter board. If it occupies just one spot or is just one pole wide, it is a single phase. On the other hand, switches that occupy three spots mean you have three-phase power.
When do I pay for my solar system?
Easy Solar works much the same as other Australian solar companies, we require a deposit of 10% to secure the services of your solar installer and equipment. The remainder of the balance is to be paid on the day of installation.
Do I have to get an approval done?
Yes, but if you deal with a good solar company like easy solar, we take care of everything, all you have to supply is the front and back of a synergy account and the date of birth of the person on the account.
How long does a solar installation take?
The length of the installation will depend on your property. If there are little obstacles, clear access to the roof and area for the inverter to be installed, we estimate around 5 hours for installation.If your property is a little more difficult to work on, this could extend the installation by a few hours, but we will usually be done in one working day.
Do I need to be home on the day of the installation?
The short answer is, yes.As installers, we will need to discuss the installation process with you and any issues we may come across. After the work is completed, you will also need to sign off the job as complete.
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