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What is solar energy? Harnessing the power of the sun - SunEnergy FAQs

What is solar energy?

Solar panels harness the power of the sun

Solar is radiant energy emitted by the sun.

Installing a Solar Power System, consisting of Solar Panels and a Solar Inverter, let’s you harness this energy, and use it to generate the power you need to run your home.

According to Geoscience Australia, Australia receives an average of 58 million petajoules (PJ) of solar radiation per year, approximately 10,000 times larger than its total energy consumption.

However, Australia’s current use of solar is low with solar accounting for only about 0.1 per cent of Australia’s total primary energy consumption.

Source: Geoscience Australia

Solar power reduces greenhouse gas emissions

Solar is popular because it offers a clean, renewable source of power.

The process of converting solar into electricity using PV technology does not produce any greenhouse gas emissions.

According to Energy Australia, Australia has the highest uptake of solar globally, with more than 21% of homes with rooftop solar PV.

As at 31 July 2020 more than 2.49 million rooftop solar power systems have been installed across Australia.

Source: Energy Australia

Solar installation: thermal vs photovoltaic

Solar falls into two main categories:

1. Solar thermal technology converts solar into thermal energy (heat) and is commonly used for hot water systems.

2. Solar photovoltaic (PV) technology converts solar directly into electricity thanks to photovoltaic cells.

It is also possible to combine these two technologies into one system that provides you with both heat and electricity.

In addition, surplus electricity can be directed into the grid, providing a feed-in payment that helps you to decrease your power bills.

According to the Clean Energy Council, in 2019, small-scale solar (systems up to 100 kW) were responsible for 22.3 per cent of Australia’s clean energy generation and produced 5.3 per cent of the country’s total electricity.

Source: Clean Energy Council

Start saving from day 1

SunEnergy is all about empowering you to change to solar now.

If you want solar but are worried about the cost of solar panel installation, you’re not alone, this is why we developed our Pay As You Save (PAYS) program.

Our finance PAYS solar plans will save you money from the start learn more here… https://sunenergy.com.au/finance-pays-solar-energy-plans/

Call us today on 1800 786 765 & take control of your energy costs.

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