Have you ever asked yourself, what is solar power exactly?
Most of us already know that solar power comes from the sun, via solar panels. But there’s much more to it than that. Solar is a fantastic source of renewable energy for homes and businesses all over Australia and residential and commercial systems are becoming more and more common across the country. This is great news for all of us, as well as the environment!
At Sungain Solar, we love what we do, and we love explaining our processes. We’re passionate about educating our clients (and everyone else) about the benefits of solar power. However, first, it’s essential to really understand what solar power is, and how it works. In this article, we’ll provide an in-depth explanation for that common question… What is solar power?
What is solar power?
Solar power is the electricity that is produced by a solar panel system. The system is exposed directly to the sun and will absorb plenty of sunlight throughout the day. This sunlight provides solar energy, which is consumed by the solar panels. Once the solar panels absorb that solar energy, it will pass through your system and your inverter, which turns the energy into electricity, or solar power. Once you have solar power, it can be used to power your home, including lights, water heaters, appliances, and much more.
What is solar energy?
The energy that comes from the sun is referred to as solar energy and comes in the form of both light and heat. The amount of solar energy that actually hits the ground (or your roof) depends on a number of factors, including cloud cover, your location, temperature, and the atmosphere far above. Once this solar energy feeds into your solar panels and through your system, it is converted into solar power.
How does solar energy become solar power?
The majority of the solar panels that we regularly install on houses and businesses in Australia utilise solar photovoltaic panels, also known as solar PV. This technology turns solar energy into solar power through the use of semiconductor cells, also called solar PV cells. These cells are most commonly held in glass and aluminium frames. However, other applications like PV paint and flexible PV sheets are also being developed.
Research and development into new and improved solar PV cells continues year on year, and technology is advancing quickly. At Sungain Solar, we make it our mission to remain at the forefront of solar power technology. We’re always looking for the highest quality solar panels, inverters, and batteries so that you can reap the benefits of a quality system.
The advantages of using solar power
Making use of solar power comes with a range of significant benefits for homeowners, businesses, and the wider community. Did you know that 3.2 million Australian households now have solar panels installed? That’s 32% of all homes, making it a popular, widespread choice for one-third of Australian homes.
Residential solar system installation is now more affordable than ever, which is excellent news for Australian homeowners. In the past, sourcing and installing solar panels was much more expensive, which meant many households could not afford the initial installation costs. Now, systems are cheaper to produce, and the solar rebate makes solar power even more affordable.
Long-term cost savings
Over the long term, solar power systems provide exceptional financial savings on energy costs, for both homes and businesses. A general rule of thumb is that a solar system can save the average home around 50-80% of their power bills. And if you produce excess energy, you may be able to sell it back to your provider. For large businesses that make use of a commercial solar system, large-scale savings mean much more money in the budget for other expenses.
Reduction of carbon emissions
The process of harnessing solar energy and turning it into power produces no carbon emissions. On the other hand, coal power plants produce huge amounts of carbon dioxide, having a serious impact on the atmosphere and air quality in surrounding areas. Solar is an infinitely better alternative to fossil fuels and is endless. We can keep utilising the energy of the sun for millions of years to come. Find out more about the environmental benefits of solar power.
The current state of solar in Australia
The amount of solar power that we use at a national level is still very low, considering our abundant solar resources. In fact, solar only contributes about 14% of all our nation’s energy. However, as we mentioned earlier, one-third of all Australian households have at least one solar panel installed.
The use of solar in the residential field is broad. Solar hot water heating is the most widespread use of solar energy, while residential PV systems are common in all urban centres, as well as regional areas. On completely self-sufficient properties and isolated communities, off-grid solar is the most popular option.
Australia is a solar haven
In Australia, we are incredibly blessed with a wealth of solar resources. Although that means harsh sunlight and some of the hottest summers in the world, our continent has the highest measurement of solar radiation by square metre of any continent. In fact, the amount of solar energy our nation receives from the sun every year is roughly 10,000 times more than our entire energy consumption.
At Sungain Solar, we’re proud to be leading the way forward and enabling homeowners and businesses to harness the incredible power of solar.
The last word
So, what is solar power? It’s the electricity that is produced by solar panel systems all over Australia. Solar energy goes in, and solar power comes out. It’s as simple as that! If you’re looking for affordable, quality solar system supply and installation in Australia, we’re here to help.