Currently the majority of our electricity in Australia comes from
burning coal though coal fired power stations. Although these days most
of the coal is cleaned, it is still a dirty form of power generation,
producing many millions of tonnes of Carbon Dioxide released into our
atmosphere each year and wastes water resources in the process of
Many Australians still do not know the difference between Solar power
hot water and Solar power electricity. The difference is simply this,
one uses energy generated from the sun to produce hot water, therefor
known as solar hot water and the other uses energy from the sun to
produce electricity, therefore known as solar power.
At Solar Quotes Sydney, we have listed further information below
about Solar Power
Electricity, just like natural gas used in homes for cooking and
heating is an essential form of energy.
One kilowatt of electricity = One thousand watts of energy
One thousand kilowatts = One Megawatt
One thousand megawatts = One Gigawatt.
Electricity bills are calculated on the value of each kilowatt hour
used each day over a bill cycle of 3 months in general.
For example various suburbs pay 16 cents per kilowatt hour, more or
less, whilst other suburbs across Australia may be paying 21 cents
per kilowatt hour, more, or less.
Other areas and suburbs may pay 21 cents per kilowatt up to the first
1,600 kilowatt hours used and then may jump to 25 cents for any
kilowatts used after this amount.
Electricity prices have been increasing at a dramatic rate over the
past few years In Australia and for the first time in Australian
history, electricity prices have been making front page headlines.
New South Wales electricity prices have hiked 18% in july 2011 and
one the thing that the electricity companies and our Government have in
common is that they have agreed between them to bring yet further
increases in electricity prices up per kilowatt hour another which is
for New South Wales at least 20% minimum in July 2012 with a further
price increase of 20% in July 2012 as a minimum increase.
In July 2012 the Federal Government have introduced a new tax called
the Carbon tax and to be first set at $23.00 per tonne to come into
effect in July 2012. From the understanding of this new Tax is that for
every kilowatt of electricity used is equivalent for New South Wales
that 1.068 kilograms of Carbon dioxide is produces into the atmosphere.
So 1,000 kilowatt hours is over 1,000 kilograms of carbon dioxide and
this will be billed as a Carbon tax, which will affect every home which
uses electricity in Australia.
Why have so many home owners taken up Solar Power for their homes and
in many cases including their rental properties in Sydney NSW and
Australia, is because Solar Power does actually work. Solar Power works
7 days per week , Solar Power works 365 days per year producing
electricity generated from the Suns energy. Solar panels have been
proven to last the test of time with American Campers using Solar Panels
since the 50′s. Even boat owners have been using solar for years to
charge and maintain their boats batteries.
Farmers have also being using Solar panels to power pumps and charge
batteries to run their lighting. This is called off grid Solar Power
where batteries are used to store electric power generated from solar
panels during the day. A continuing cycle of the electricity brought by
the Sun to the Solar Panels hat convert the sun rays energy from DC,
which is direct direct current current to the batteries.
Solar Panels have no moving parts, are resistant to hail and require
no maintenance. Solar panels require to be ( CEC ) approved before any
authority can be given for connection to the grid. Clean Energy Council
approved Solar include a manufacturers performance warranty of 25 years.
So it is important to deal with an operator that not only has the
relevant licenses, but has the appropriate qualifications in Solar
Power together with well trained and knowledgeable people that do in
home presentations and who can clearly communicate all the Government
Schemes, feed in tariffs, the federal Government Solar Power Incentives,
together with how Solar Works and what Kilowatt energy each size Solar
Power system can produce.
Solar Power generation systems generally range from 1.5 kilowatts to
10 kilowatts for home residential applications but can be larger
depending on each State Laws Governing Solar Power. Generally up to 100
kilowatts for a small scale generation can be applied for commercial
WHAT IS ON GRID POWER
On Grid connected power means when Solar panels convert the energy
from the suns rays to Direct current known as DC, that goes to an
Inverter which then converts the DC current to alternating current known
as AC. AC is the same frequency as the power coming from the street
electricity poles or underground power known as the the grid. This AC
Power then goes from a home directly to the grid, as electricity cannot
be stored with an on grid solar power system. The power used for each
home comes from these street poles or underground power cables. This is
known as grid connected power as the electricity power source comes
from the electricity retailer.
WHAT IS OFF GRID POWER
Off grid power is where where a property, home, farm does is
dependent on power from the electricity retailer, or also uses a
separate power supply. Examples of off grid power can be, solar panels
powering a Direct current DC pool pump, or a bore pump, or solar
panels connected through a regulator to a bank of deep cycle solar panel
suited batteries. These batteries receive a charge during the day and
in turn supply electricity in the evening for lighting, or for electric
cookers, or to power a TV,or heater.
For the suburban home, the cost for an off grid system is extremely
high as a number of battery banks need to be set up in a manner which
can be made safe and enough solar panels need to be installed not only
to power a suburban home, but to also produce excess power to charge
the battery bank to power the home each evening and with the weather in
Australia being inconsistent, the most cost effective means to supply a
home with electricity is on grid versus an off grid solar power
WHAT IS GROSS METERING
Gross metering means that the electricity produced by the solar
panels goes directly through the inverter into the gross meter. The
gross meter measures the amount of electricity produced measurable
form as kilowatt hours and then goes into the grid. In parallel, the
electricity purchased from the retailer also known as the grid. i.e
street power poles, underground power cables.
So what a house holder uses in kilowatt hours from the retailer is
charged for, then the power generated from the solar power system
measured in kilowatt hours is then credited in the same form as a
kilowatt hour and deducted from the bill. For example. A householder
uses say 20 kilowatts ( KW ) per day from the electricity suppler and
the solar power generation system produces 10 kilowatts per day. the set
value of what the Solar panels produce per day is then deducted from
the price per kilowatt chargeable by the retailer. the larger the Solar
panel system, the greater the electricity being produced and the greater
the deduction in the electricity bill. Early comers of solar power in
NSW are enjoying a minimum of 60 cents per kilowatt hour till 31st
December 2016 when the NSW feed in tariff comes to an end and a net feed
in tariff follows the current net metering system introduced in NSW 1st
WHAT IS NET METERING
Net metering system works like this. Electricity that is generated
by the Solar panels first goes into supplying the home with electricity
such as appliances. and any excess electricity goes then goes into the
grid. This means that rather than paying for most of your electricity
out of your own pocket for the rest of your life as electricity is like
food as you use it every day, you put some r most of that money back in
your own pocket, because as electricity prices rise, so does the value
of the electricity generated by your own Solar panels which goes first
directly into your home and makes sense over not installing a solar
power system at all.
Many owners of Solar Power systems in Sydney and New South Wales are
enjoying the benefits and electricity bill savings through the net
metering system. many homes do qualify for the Government solar rebate
and many homes may not qualify due to shading issues, wrong aspect, not
enough roof space. Solar power has benefited many Australian house
holders with a life time of savings on their electricity bills.
Many more Australian house holds will come on board with Solar Power
for environmental reasons and or for reasons of reducing their every
day living expenses. Solar Power is a growing industry with over 10% of
Australian homes now with Solar power whereas in 2010 which was around
2%. Solar Power offers life long savings and contributes to lowering
pollution that comes from burning dirty coal which in Australia, coal
fired electricity generation stations, are currently our major source
of electric power.