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By: solarquotessydney.com.au  26-Jan-2012
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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 producing electricity.

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 applications.

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 generation system.

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 July 2011.

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.

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