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Why go solar in 2021?

Installing a solar power system has never been more affordable and accessible in Australia. The benefits of installing solar panels on the roof of your home or business are endless. Solar energy and the use of solar power has had a positive impact not only financially for its consumers but has also helped immensely in reducing our carbon footprint. Australia has seen a noticeable increase in solar enquiries as people become more educated with the benefits of switching to solar power and the freedom it provides from relying on the grid. Pairing a solar power system with a solar battery has made this “freedom” even more evident.

Solar power is a great alternative to traditional sources of power that use fossil fuel for the generation of electricity. People across Australia are realizing the harmful effects this reliance of the depleting source of power can have on their pockets as well as on the environment. Generating electricity with the use of non-renewable sources is not only bad for the environment but is also very expensive. Solar power on the other hand only requires an initial investment with close to no maintenance costs once the solar panels and inverter are installed. Australia is a great location for installing solar powered systems as it receives a favourable amount of sunlight throughout the year. Solar panels only require uninterrupted sunlight (without shade from trees, other buildings, etc.) to generate electricity.

How solar panels generate power

Solar panels consist of a layer of silicon cells, a metal frame, a glass casing surrounded by a special film, and wiring.  For getting the maximum production from the solar panels, they are grouped together next to each other to form “arrays” (an ordered series) and can then be installed on rooftops or in large outdoor spaces.  The solar cells, which are also referred to as photovoltaic cells or PV cells, absorb sunlight during the day to convert solar energy into consumable power. When sunlight strikes a photovoltaic solar cell, it causes the solar cell to be energized and the power that is generated is called Direct Current which then needs to be converted into Alternating Current in order to be able to use it for powering your appliances. Once this solar energy absorbed by the solar panels has been converted from DC to AC electricity, it can be distributed within the home to power your appliances. It works exactly the same way as the electrical power generated through the grid by your electricity provider, so nothing within the home needs to change. This is the basic way a grid-connected solar power system works as you stay connected to the grid while benefitting from the installed solar power system. Since you still remain connected to the grid, you can automatically draw additional electricity to supplement any solar shortages from the grid especially during the absence of sunlight when your system is unable to produce any power.

Incentives to go solar in Australia

There are many financial benefits of going solar in addition to the positive impact this source of power has on our environment. There are various financial incentives offered by the Government of Australia through the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme, where you are issued with tradable certificates for eligible solar PV systems. Through this initiation of the government, installing solar panels has become very affordable over the recent years. The Queensland Government’s regional feed-in tariff pays eligible customers for electricity generated and exported to the grid from their solar PV system. So not only can you generate your own power through the installation of a solar PV system but you can also earn credit for all the excess power your system generates and you end up not consuming.

Contact Austra Solar today for installing a solar power system in Australia and start saving!

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