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Solar Basics

What is Solar Energy?

The sun is an incredible source of energy. Solar energy is created by the light and heat of the sun. Installing solar panels allows you to harness that energy and convert it into electricity. Through this process, solar energy can power households and heat elements (water and air). On the Gold Coast solar power is even more advantageous due to the extended day light hours Queensland is able to achieve.

In 2017, there were more than two million Australian households with solar systems installed. Solar technology has advanced significantly over recent years, with the introduction of the Tesla Powerwall. The Tesla Powerwall allows owners to use the energy stored rather than relying on the grid. This will reduce the overall cost of future electricity bills.


How do Solar Panels Work?

Solar panels produce electricity directly from the sun’s energy. The panels connect to an isolating switch, then to an inverter which converts the DC power produced by the panels into AC power that can be used at home. The power is then channeled into the electricity grid. The grid feeds electricity to the house during times when electricity consumption is greater than solar power production (e.g. during the night).

Electricity produced by solar panels power appliances that require energy during the day. These appliances include your air conditioner, refrigerator, microwave, television, etc. This is the standard process of distribution for most Australian states.

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How do the Benefits of Solar Panels Work in Different States?

Queensland & NSW both offer feed-in tariffs. Feed-in tariffs pay the owner of a solar energy power system a premium per kWh of solar electricity per hour they feed back into the grid.


There are currently two different models running in Queensland and New South Wales.


In states with a net Feed-in Tariff (QLD), power produced by the panels first reduces your electricity bill at the standard rate. Any excess solar power that is fed into the grid earns you the premium Feed-in Tariff. With QLD losing its premium .44c Feed in tariff on the 1st of July 2012, new customers will gain most from their solar system by using the power they generate instead of sending it to the grid.


In states with a gross Feed-in Tariff (NSW), the metering arrangement is slightly different. All electricity generated by the solar power system flows out of your solar power meter in your meter board (fuse box). The electricity you use in the house then either comes from the solar panels or the grid. Excess solar power distributes to the neighbourhood.


What Happens to Solar Panels in a Blackout?

During a blackout, the inverter disconnects itself from the grid to protect the lives of personnel working on the power lines. As we know, Queensland weather can be pretty volatile, especially in summer. If you wish to have a back-up power supply, you must purchase a separate inverter and battery bank. You can purchase a solar system without a battery. We can provide cutting-edge Gold Coast solar power storage solutions. Contact Gold Coast Energy if you wish to use a battery bank to be off the grid.