When it comes to green solar solutions, Australia is leading the way. Recent investment into research and development has paid off, with a number of great solar solutions having been developed to suit a wide variety of applications and budgetary needs.
In terms of land mass, Australia is one of the largest countries on Earth, with a correspondingly complex range of environments.
From the freezing winters of Southern Tasmania, to the steamy heat of tropical North Queensland – and let’s not forget the searing heat of the great Aussie outback!
With such a diversity of environments, finding the right solar power solutions can be a challenge to those who are new to the world of green solar energy solutions. Of course one of the most important parts of this challenge is to ensure your solar solution is as affordable as you can possibly make it.
A few things you need to think about when deciding which solar solution is right for you:
In general the best solar panel solutions for temperate climates such as Tasmania, some parts of Victoria, and mountainous areas of New South Wales and Queensland will involve crystalline panels. The advantage of using these panels in such locations is that they will give maximum efficiency and also have a long working life.
For places that experience more extreme heat waves such as South Australia, Alice Springs, and Kalgoorlie, thin film panels may be more cost-effective because they do not lose their efficiency at high temperatures. The disadvantage is that these panels may need to be replaced more frequently than crystalline panels, and you typically need to purchase more of them when you are initially setting up your system.
Different solar panel solutions require different amounts of surface area to generate the same amount of output. Polycrystalline panels take up the least space because of the way the cells are aligned. Monocrystalline panels require only fractionally more space, but are more efficient and durable. Thin film panels require the most space but are the least expensive to purchase.
Crystalline panels tend to be bulky and have a visible conduction grid, so some people may consider them not especially pleasant to look at. Thin-film panels are smaller and thinner, with no visible conduction grid.
These include factors such as whether you are eligible for government rebates, whether you are creating a grid-connected or an off-grid system, and whether your local energy provider offers feed-in tariffs. All of these factors will have some effect on how much you can offset your installation cost and save money on your solar energy solution.