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FAQs for Solar
We understand that many consumers are looking for more sustainable and renewable energy options as well as cutting the cost to the household budget. Therefore, we have made a promise to Australian families to cut their energy bill so they can spend money where it is needed the most. Solar energy uses a free power source – the sun – to generate electricity for your property.
According to the Guardian (30 May 2017), of all the electricity produced in Australia in 2016, 17% came from a renewable energy source. This is growing year on year and the fact that it is becoming cheaper to install means that more people are opting to use it.
Solar energy is generated by the sun and captured by large panels, usually located on the roof, and turned into usable electricity. The more panels that are being used, the more energy is being made.
There are a few things you will need to consider, including how much energy your property uses as well as how much of your roof you would be able to use. If you live in an area that does not get a lot of sun, or in contrast is very sunny, you may need to adjust how many panels you have. You may also need to check with your local council to see if there are limitations or conditions.
Simply put, yes it can as you are generating the electricity and not taking it from the grid. However, if you generate more energy than you need and cannot store it, it will be fed back onto the grid and you will be given credits to use in circumstances where you are not generating power (such as at night time).
Before you can generate and use solar energy, you must install the solar system, which includes the panels. Unfortunately, this cost can be quite high, but as more people are benefiting from renewable sources, so this cost decreases.
However, because there is no wear and tear on the solar panels or system, the maintenance costs are relatively small. It is recommended that the inverter is replaced every 5-10 years.
Not really. It just relies on sunlight. So, if it is a cloudy day, you may find that you produce less energy than on nice sunny day. Generally, solar panels are at their most efficient when the temperature of the panels is around 25 degrees.
Solar energy relies on sunlight hitting the panel in a straight line, so your roof is the optimal place. If you want to be able to store the energy, you will need space for the batteries, also.
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