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Solar

Solar System

Solar energy is energy provided by the sun. Sunlight hits solar panels or PV panels to then be converted into electricity. It produces energy when it’s in demand or during the day. Solar energy is effective whether you’re city-based or live regionally. We’re seeing a massive increase in the use of solar panels within schools, households, and commercial buildings. Solar energy is sustainable and renewable, and it doesn’t release any emissions, making it an ally of the environment.

 

There are constant advancements in solar technology so the efficiency is constantly moving up and the costs are lowering. The silent energy producer doesn’t require any maintenance once it’s installed, so all you need is the sun. We all know Brisbane receives its share of sunny days – Queensland averages at 261 sunny days a year. The average Return on Investment (ROI) averages between 15 and 25 per cent a year – why not make the switch today?

Types of solar systems

An AC coupled system using a standard inverter is the most commonly used system. These systems can be selected as an add-on and still allow for complete off-grid functionality in the future. When selecting a hybrid system, there are a number of design considerations to look at that can affect operations.

FAQS

What type of solar system suits me?
An AC coupled system using a standard inverter is the most commonly used system. These systems can be selected as an add-on and still allow for complete off-grid functionality in the future. When selecting a hybrid system, there are a number of design considerations to look at that can affect operations.

 

What is grid connect solar?
Grid connect inverters convert DC electricity from panels into 240V AC electricity that can then be utilised by your household. Any extra power (where there has been a surplus of energy produced) goes to the mains power grid. Most electricity companies metre the electricity fed into the grid from your panels and credit your bill.

 

If these cells fail to produce power (like at night time), your house will use the regular mains grid electricity – you’ll be charged the usual amount for mains power. These panels last a long time and don’t require updating or maintenance. Plus, generous government rebates mean you can save thousands from a grid connect solar system.

 

What is hybrid solar?
A hybrid solar system is the same as a typical solar system but with batteries. Including batteries means you can store the extra power so you can use that extra build up at night or during ‘off-peak’ times. Hybrid solar has the capability to take a home ‘off-grid’ but that isn’t the intention of the system.

 

What is solar PV?
When you hear ‘solar PV’ it’s referring to panels that are tied or coupled to an inversion system down on the ground. ‘Grid tie solar PV’ system is the technical term for your typical domestic or commercial solar systems – these are commonly made up of panels and an inverter.

 

What is an AC Coupled Hybrid?
An AC Coupled Hybrid system is a standard grid tie system coupled with a hybrid inverter. These are increasing in popularity as they’re perfect for updating from PV. Not to mention, they’re cost effective to install.

 

What is a DC Coupled Hybrid?
A DC coupled hybrid is where a solar PV is run into a regulator. It acts as a battery charger and can connect directly to batteries which can then be connected to a hybrid inverter. The DC coupled hybrid is the typical structure for an off-grid system.

 

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