How do solar panels work?
1. Solar panels generate Direct Current (DC) power - During the day when the sun is out, solar panels convert UV light into DC electricity. A solar panel actually comprises many smaller units called photovoltaic cells. These are all connected together electrically.
2. The solar inverter converts DC power from the solar panels to alternating current AC (the type used in appliances in your home.
3. AC power flows through the switchboard and is used by your appliances - so you don't need to purchase as much electricity from your electricity retailer, saving you money.
4. Excess electricity is sent to the grid or a battery
5. A smart meter tracks and records all energy flows.
Do solar panels work on cloudy days?
- Solar panels do work on cloudy days – they just do not perform as well as they would on a bright sunny day. - Though estimates range, solar panels will generate about 10 – 25% of their normal power output on a cloudy day. It would be accurate to ...
How are solar panels tested?
This article from CHOICE explains how they test the quality of a solar panel when they publish a review, and it might be a quite similar process when the solar PV production company does ...
How can I tell if my solar system is damaged or underperforming?
If worried about hail damage - As a general rule of thumb, if there's no roof damage than the panels are unlikely to be damaged. If you suspect there may be some damage or underperformance from your solar, you can either do a self-assessment based ...
What standards are solar panels required to meet?
There are a number of Australian Standards that apply to solar panels. There's a list available here: https://www.cleanenergycouncil.org.au/industry/installers/compliance-toolkit/standards
The business case for a home to install solar / What size solar do I need?
We advise people to install a system that’ll generate at least ½ your Winter daily usage. If you can install a larger system, that will probably be beneficial (depending on your energy use), and you will be more likely to still receive a feed-in ...