Sunlight hits the silicon cells in the solar panels and creates an electric current.
The Direct Current (DC) is captured and goes through an inverter to change it to Alternating Current (AC) electricity. That electricity goes to your fuse board for use in your home.
Solar electricity is used instantly by any demand from running appliances. Otherwise, it gets put into the National Grid (see smart export).
When your solar panels are not generating enough electricity to meet your property's demand, you use a mix of Grid and solar energy.
Some products will help you use more of your solar electricity. Batteries store unused solar electricity so you can use some of your solar energy at night.
Each panel has an output rating in watts, but systems ratings are in kilowatts (1000 watts). Most domestic installations will have a 4-kilowatt system. Because the output of a single panel ranges from 280w to 400w, you will need 10 to 14 panels to achieve this.
If you have high electricity usage and a large roof, you can have a higher output system. Larger systems require the Distribution Network Operator to be informed, so the local network isn't overloaded.
Solar Energy helps you use less electricity from your electricity supplier, every kWh saved means less money spent!
You also get paid from the Smart Export Guarantee for every unit of solar electricity you put into the Grid. The amount you get paid depends on the electricity supplier you select for your export payments. It doesn't have to be the same company where you buy your electricity.
Make a few lifestyle changes to ensure you use more of the electricity you produce from solar. Small changes maximise your savings and further reduce your carbon footprint.
Read more about making better use of solar energy here.
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