Solar panels harness the power of the sun
Solar is radiant energy emitted by the sun.
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.
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