HOW SOLAR WORKS
What Do I Need?
By tapping into the Suns free source of renewable energy that is sustainable and totally inexhaustible, you can power your home while making great savings on your monthly Electricity bills. But how do you convert that sunlight into useful power?
Step 1: Installation
Panels are made up of Photovoltaic (PV) cells that are installed on your roof to capture as much sunlight as possible in Australia. Ideally, a north-facing or east-west configuration.
Step 2: Collection
The solar panels are made of Crystalline Silicon Cells known as Photovoltaic (PV) Cells that collects energy from the sun in all daylight conditions and even on cloudy days it will still generate power albeit with lower production than on clear days. The PV Cells converts the Sun’s ray into Direct Current (DC) electricity.
Step 3: Conversion
An Inverter is used to convert that DC power into Alternating Current (AC) electricity and feeds it straight into your home’s wiring where it will power up your lights, appliances and everything that uses electricity in your home. This works in tandem with the grid supplied power where it supplements the grid supply.
Step 4: Credit
Whenever your solar system produces more electricity than you can use, the excess power flows back into the public grid. Most Energy Retailer will offer a credit for this known as Feed In Tariff (FIT). At night, when the Sun sets, your system will not be producing electricity, you simply buy power your energy retailer instead. Alternatively, consider adding a battery so you can store the excess power you generate for later use.
HOW STC REBATE WORKS
When a customer purchases a solar system today, they will be eligible for an upfront government rebate approximately $600 per kw (2018). Most solar companies will quote a final price for the solar system with this government rebate applied.
Whenever your solar system produces more electricity than you can use, the excess power flows back into the public grid. Most Energy Retailer will offer a credit for this known as Feed In Tariff (FIT). This credit is applicable in most states in Australia. Please check with your local Energy Retailer for terms and conditions.FIT may vary between states.
The amount of ‘rebate’ applicable depends on the level of demand for solar panel installations. Higher the demand lower the rebate. These fluctuations very on a daily basis, however, the general value of this rebate is decreasing by about 5% perannum.