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With all the bad news surrounding rising electricity prices and global warming, many of us are searching for an environmentally friendly source of energy. And if it is kind to our hip pocket, that's a bonus. The answer, of course, is solar energy. However, how much do you really know about this budget friendly alternative? Read on for a crash course on everything you need to know about solar power.
Running your home on solar power is simpler than you may think. To make the switch to solar, you need only a few basic components:
The solar cells collect energy using the photovoltaic (PV) effect. During the day, sunlight is collected through the panels, converted via the inverter into AC current to cater for your electricity needs.
If you’re connected to an electricity supply (either through power poles or underground), you’re on the Australian electricity grid (on-grid). A major advantage of on-grid solar power systems is you can sell your excess energy back to the grid. The chief advantage of an off-grid system is by using storage batteries, you save all the power generated by your system during the day, so you’ll have an adequate power supply at night.
At the federal level, there are various rebates available for the creation of renewable energy certificates (RECs). While at the home level, you’re creating a Small-scale Technology Certificate (STC). This is, in essence, your home solar system for which you receive a rebate on installation costs. However, this payment is not cash-in-hand instead it is applied as a discount on the cost of installing your system. Speak to our solar team to determine which government rebates you are eligible for.
For the past five years, the community has been pushing for a transition from coal to renewable energy, which is now steps closer to becoming reality.
Soaring prices of electricity and gas are prompting many more people to consider adding solar panels and batteries to give them greater control over costs, a consumer survey has found. The study, involving almost 2500 households conducted by UMR Research for Energy Consumers Australia and KPMG, found about 34 per cent were considering adopting solar panels within the next five year compared with the 15 per cent now owing photovoltaics.
A solar farm in western New South Wales, the southern hemisphere's biggest, has taken its place on the world stage. Energy company AGL has installed the last of more than 1.3 million solar panels on what used to be the flat red earth of a sheep paddock. The Nyngan farm will generate 102 megawatts of power, putting it at the forefront of Australian solar power generation when it is fully operational in July 2015. The solar farm will be the biggest in the southern hemisphere when it becomes fully operational in July. It will remain the biggest until such time that a Chilean plant is complete. AGL development project manager Adam Matchett said the farm was on time, on budget and on track. He said the development had not been without its problems, with much of the construction work taking place in the long hot days of a western NSW summer. "We had to be very aware of workplace health and safety issues around the heat, and also around the risk of snakes on site," Mr Matchett said. NSW Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy Anthony Roberts attended the opening, along with recently appointed Minister for the Environment Mark Speakman. Mr Roberts said NSW was at the forefront of the development of large scale solar and renewable energies, however he did concede there was considerable uncertainty in the industry about what the future holds for renewables in Australia. "The Renewable Energy Target is clearly something that needs to be resolved," he said. "But this issue also highlights the fact that there is considerable change in the energy sector. "And that change in the energy sector is one reason why we need to finalise the leasing of the poles and wires."
Australia's electricity industry is about to undergo a massive transformation, with the advent of cheap storage batteries for solar energy. US billionaire Elon Musk, a co-founder of PayPal, this month launched a lithium-ion battery called the Powerwall that is expected to sell in Australia next year for about $5,500. It was developed alongside his revolutionary Tesla electric car, launched late last year. "You can actually go, if you want, completely off-grid," Mr Musk said of the batteries. "You can take your solar panels, charge the battery packs and that's all you use." Bloomberg new energy finance analyst Kobad Bhavnagri said the batteries would be "a complete game-changer".Read more
Upto $5000 will be available to Adelaide city council residents and businesses to put a battery system from july. This is on top of ongoing grants (stcs). Adelaide City Council said its program was the first of its kind in Australia and would benefit both its ratepayers and the environment. Electricity retailers are developing batteries to store power generated by rooftop solar panels so it can be drawn on at night.for info contact adelaide city councilRead more
Australia is perfectly placed to become the next global superpower of renewable energy, the "Saudi Arabia of solar" for the coming century. CEFC is key to fund solar to achieve Renewable energy target and support individuals go solar.Read more
Solar battery revolution in Australia can encourage many Australian having roof top with a battry bank to store and utilise the power they harvested from sun.Read more
Many people explore ways to reduce their power bills and ultimately save money. Everyone has little tricks or tips to achieve this using solar power but not everyone has a luxury to purchase solar outright. Now they can Lease solar power.Read more
Construction of the solar PV (photovoltaic)/battery storage project is due to start in October, involving 70 workers for nine months. It will be built on Butchers Hill between the Lakeland Roadhouse and an electricity substation, feeding directly into the Ergon Energy grid.Read more
Cochin International Airport in the southern Indian state of Kerala became the world’s first entirely solar-powered airport.The airport’s solar power plant, which is comprised of more than 46,000 solar panels arrayed across 45 acres of land, will produce 48,000 units of energy per day, the Economic Times reports.Over the next 25 years, the new power system is expected to save 300,000 tons of carbon emissions, the equivalent of planting three million trees.Read more
Two of the leading national renewable agencies are planning to fund massive solar power investement by constructing up to 10 large scale solar projects in Australia.ARENA AND CEFC Announced $350 Million Investment.Read more