September 14, 2021

How solar energy works

Did you know that just 90 minutes of sunlight reaching the earth’s surface is enough to power the entire planet for a whole year?

Sunlight splashes across an array of solar panels to generate solar energy.

he sun provides an endless source of free, clean and sustainable energy.

Solar technology converts sunlight into electricity that is capable of being used immediately and stored in batteries for later use.

But how does photovoltaics work?

How does photovoltaics convert solar radiation into usable energy?

Photovoltaics is the technology that’s incorporated into solar panels.

Each panel contains a whole host of PV cells, and any time these cells are exposed to solar radiation – the light that’s emitted from the sun – they absorb this radiation.

This process generates electrical charges, and an internal electrical field stimulates these charges into movement. The result? An electrical flow.

This variable direct current (DC) output of a photovoltaic solar panel into alternating 240V current (AC) to be fed into your home to operate your appliances.

Integrating solar energy into other systems

Once radiation from the sun is converted into useable electricity, how do you make the most of it in your home?

For instance, many homes generate an abundance of solar energy each day, which outweighs their average day-to-day energy consumption.

This surplus of energy can be fed back into the overall electrical system, via existing electrical grids.

Energy companies pay homeowners a Feed-in Tariff (FiT) as a credit on your bill for the excess electricity you feed back into the grid from your solar system.

How solar energy works as an industry

Due to the increasing demand for clean renewable energy, solar power is rapidly rising in popularity worldwide.

These days, you’ll find solar panels on residential rooftops across the globe, with Australia leading the way.

Many governments and corporations are investing in large scale solar power plants to capitalise on this sustainable, eco-friendly source of electricity.

Learn how solar energy can work for you

When it comes to particular solar panel system arrangements for your home, there are many options available to you.

From panels and inverters to batteries, optimisers and more, the optimal solar system ultimately depends on your specific requirements and average energy usage.

Be sure you gain the right advice and guidance to ensure you get a better solar system.

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