How Do Solar Systems Work?
Want to know how a Solar System works? – It’s actually pretty simple.
When solar panels are installed on a roof, the panels collect sunlight and turn it into an electrical current. That current runs through your very own inverter and is then used as energy to power your property.
The Science behind it:
The sunlight collected by the solar panels is turned into an electrical current, called direct current (DC). The DC is then changed into an alternating current (AC) by a product called an inverter. AC is the type of electricity you use to power your house – to charge your phone or to turn the lights on and off. The inverter is connected to your meter box so that it can send the electricity to your house or send the surplus power back to your local power grid.
If a solar system produces more power than the household consumes, the excess power is sent back into the main power grid. Electricity companies will actually pay you for this energy. For example some South-west regions of WA, including Perth, recieve 7.135cents per Kwh. This is due to the solar feed -in tarrif created by the government as an incentive under the Renewable Energy Buyback Scheme (REBS). For more information about this scheme, please take a look at our Government Incentives page.
Does Solar Only Work During the Day?
Yes! However, during the day, your solar panels can produce more than enough electricity to power you right through the night. If you add a battery to your solar system, you can store the excess electricity and use it later on, during the night. The battery systems are becoming more and more popular with customers preferring to store and use their excess energy.
When the Sun Goes Down:
At night, when the sun goes down, the solar cells will stop producing power. Your home electricity will now come from your main power grid (the way you get electricity now), and you pay the usual rate for the power used (from your selected power company) when the system is not producing
- The inverter
- The solar panels
All households use power at different times of the day as well as different amounts of power. Each system needs to be customised to suit your personal needs and requirements. Speak to a solar expert for a free assessment and quote.