How does solar work?

The sun is the source of life on earth. Solar power works because the solar panels we install on your roof absorb sunlight (photons), before sending it to a high quality inverter, which converts it to AC power, which in turn powers your home. 

Watch the video below to learn how solar works.

The sun is the source
of life on Earth.

Now it’s possible to harness the sun’s incredible power and convert it into electricity to power homes. Learn how it works.

In Australia, one in seven households are generating solar electricity. This makes us the world’s leading nation in terms of rooftop solar panel installations. By opting to install a battery with your solar system, Australians can further benefit by storing their excess electricity and use it during the times when the sun isn’t shining.

Read on to learn how a solar system works to power your home.

Hardware explained

Inverters, batteries and solar panels work together to form a rooftop solar system. How do these components convert sunlight that powers your home? Below is our simple guide to understanding how it works.

The Panels…

When sunlight reaches solar panels, DC current is created.

Solar energy is produced through photovoltaic transformation. When sunlight meets the thin layer of silicon on the top of a solar panel, it knocks electrons from the silicon atoms. Electrons are negatively charged, which means they are attracted to one side of the silicon cell. This creates an DC electric current that is captured by the wiring in a solar panel. 

& the Inverter.

Inverters turn DC current to  usable electricity.

The panels created direct current (DC) which the inverter converts to alternating current, or AC, the type of energy required to power your home. An inverter can be configured using string or hybrid (or battery-ready) technology. It can also be a microinverter or power optimiser that performs the same conversion function. Once the electricity passes through your inverter, the AC electricity flows to your electric panel and meter. Now it can be dispersed throughout your home or into the electric grid.

+ the Battery.

When you install a battery (storage) as part of your solar system, you are able to store excess electricity at your home instead of sending it back to the grid.

Solar batteries work by storing energy produced by your solar panels for later use. In some cases, batteries have their own inverter and offer integrated energy conversion. The higher your battery’s capacity, the more solar energy it can store.

If your solar panels are producing more electricity than you need, instead of sending it to the grid, you might consider installing a battery and storing it for use when the sun isn’t shining.

Panels and the inverter are key system components

A solar system produces on average 80% of a typical households needs on any given day.

Panels, an inverter and a battery (storage) make up a ‘Solar & Battery System’

The benefit of a solar panels with battery system is you can draw stored power from your storage at night or when the light is low. 

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