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What is solar energy?
Solar energy is a technology that transforms the sun’s rays into energy and electricity for consumption just like regular fossil fuelled electricity. It is a renewable resource – meaning there is an infinite supply of solar power and it does not require any harm to the earth once initial infrastructure is installed.
How do solar PV cells work?
Solar photovoltaic (PV) cells is what makes up a solar array or solar panel installation. Solar PV cells are made of semiconductor material (usually silicon) which creates the movement of electrons when exposed to sunlight. This energy is then able to be transformed into energy.
Why is solar power better than fossil fuel power?
Solar energy is a renewable resource, this means it is superior to fossil fuel and finite resources for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is better for the environment as it does not require significant change to the earth’s surface and does not emit damaging greenhouse gases. Secondly, it is a more economically viable and stable investment as the resource of sunlight is much more consistent and predictable than resources such as coal, natural gas and oil. Funding for renewable energy resources has also boosted the financial viability of solar power as an investment opportunity.
How much will I save on my electricity bill if I install solar?
There are a number of ways you can financially benefit from solar power. The first being a government solar subsidy provided as a point of sale rebate which subsidises a large percentage of your solar power system. Learn more about the Solar Credits Scheme here. The second way you save money on your power bill is through the Feed-In Tariff scheme provided by your electricity retailer. This is a system where you are paid for any excess solar power you generate and send back to the grid. This is paid on a price per kilowatt hour basis, learn more about the Feed-In Tariff schemes in your state here. Solar is also a financial investment in the sense that it adds immediate value to your property, as well as having one of the highest ROIs of any investment you will make.
How much will a solar power system cost me?
Prices of solar power systems depends on the number of panels, the quality, manufacturer and company installing the system. To find out what a solar power system will cost you, get 3 free quotes using our price comparison feature to start the research process.