Thinking about getting solar but not sure where to start? Already have solar and wondering if getting a battery system is the best way to go? Find out if these solar technology solutions are for you.
Solar installation is still on the rise, with more than 2 million households now having solar installed across Australia (Clean Energy Council).
In 2018, small scale solar made up 19.6% of Australia’s clean energy generation. Overall this made up 4.2% of the total electricity generated that year (Clean Energy Council).
There are lots of factors to consider when choosing solar technology solutions for your home or business. So we did a quick breakdown of information to help you choose or decide if these solar technology solutions are right for you.
How does solar work?
Photons from the sun hit your solar panels.
The light, not the heat from the sun is what generates power – so a sunny winter’s day can be just as good as some summer sun.
DC to AC Energy
Your inverter takes the DC energy your panels creates, and converts it into AC energy for your home.
Time to use
Use the energy you need in your home. Hint: it’s generally better to use what you generate, so do the washing while the sun shines.
Any excess power you don’t use gets exported to the grid. The excess solar is registered on your bill as a credit, called a Feed-in Tariff.
How to decide if you should get a battery
Home battery systems are a great way to help save money on power bills by using more of the energy you generate yourself. You’ll also be more energy independent, and you’ll have a source of backup power during emergencies.
Batteries are only effective if you can generate enough power for storage. If you are using all of the power you generate day-to-day or relying on the grid for additional power, it may not be worth the additional cost.
The cost of home batteries is on the decline, but they are still costly. First and foremost, you should weigh up the cost of a battery against your generation and usage before you make a decision.