Frequently Asked Questions
How effective is a Grid Connect solar power system in terms of value for money?
Solar Power Grid Connect Systems are proven throughout the world to be one of the most effective actions individuals can take to make a significant reduction in their household greenhouse gas emissions. This is especially the case for Australians, where we receive substantially higher levels of sunlight energy. Research in Queensland indicated that you can save up to 25% on your electricity bill. Government incentives make investing in solar systems viable while the technology becomes more efficient.
How will I use the electricity from my new Solar energy system?
The electricity generated by an Electrical Solar System (PV) works just like the electricity delivered by your local utility. After passing through a component called an inverter, the direct current (DC) electricity generated by solar photovoltaic panels is converted to 240V alternating current (AC), the type of electricity that you normally access through the outlets in your home or business facility. This AC electricity is either fed into your home for your own use or is fed back into the electricity grid if you are generating more than you are consuming.
Will a Solar Photovoltaic System cover all my electricity needs?
This depends on your energy consumption and the size of the solar system you decide to install. In most cases, a solar system can be appropriately sized to meet all of your electricity needs during the daytime. Give us a call. We can assist you in deciding on the size of the solar system best suited for your home.
How much electricity will a Solar energy system produce?
The amount of solar electricity generated depends on the size and number of panels installed, weather conditions, angle of the sun, and various other factors. These factors can all influence the performance of solar panels.
What happens at night?
Solar Photovoltaic panels require sunlight to produce solar electricity. No electricity is generated during the night. With a Grid Connected Solar System, your local utility will continue to supply your electricity, as usual, at night.
What happens on cloudy days?
Since solar photovoltaic (PV) technology requires sunlight to produce electricity, the bulk of your solar electricity production will take place in bright sunny conditions. The amount of solar electricity produced by your panels is directly proportional to the amount of sunlight available at any given moment. Solar Systems can still generate around 50% of their peak output under bright overcast conditions, but heavy clouds that significantly filter the sun’s rays will substantially reduce the generation capacity of the system. Luckily we have optimal conditions here in Australia, where weather conditions have a limited impact on average.
Does my new Solar energy system come with a warranty?
Solar System Panels have a limited performance warranty of typically 20 years
How long does a Solar energy system last?
Solar modules typically last for more than 25 years, provided proper maintenance are carried out as specified. Electrical equipment such as the inverter will typically have to be replaced during this time period.
How durable are the solar panels on the roof?
Solar panels are very durable. Our solar panels have passed very strict performance standards and criteria to protect the solar panels from strong winds, hail damage and environmental exposure. After all, they are designed to be installed on roofs, and built tough to withstand the harsh Australian environment. We still suggest that you also take out extra insurance to cover the system.
Are there any ongoing costs with a Solar Power Grid Connect System?
There are no ongoing costs after the initial purchase price of the solar system except replacement of components outside the warranty period. The solar system generates free, clean electricity from the sun with minimum maintenance required (wash solar panels occasionally).
What is a ‘Feed-In Tariff’?
A Feed-in tariff is a premium rate paid for excess solar-generated electricity fed back into the electricity grid from your Solar Power Grid-Connected Photovoltaic system. Although feed-in tariffs are legislated in many countries around the world, Australia is only just now in the process of introducing legislation in various States which would allow home-owners of solar panel installation with a quality solar system in Brisbane grid connect to enjoy the benefits of this ‘Premium’ buyback rate of electricity Brisbane Gold Coast Sunshine Coast, the feed-in tariff is three times the current purchase price of electricity. Feed-in tariffs make it even more cost-effective to own a Solar Photovoltaic System.
Is Grid Connected Solar power the same as solar hot water?
No. Solar hot water uses heat from the sun to heat your water. Your Grid Connected Solar Photovoltaic System generates free electricity directly from the sun, providing a renewable and clean energy source to drive any of the electrical appliances in your home.
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