Solar Panel Aftercare in Brisbane

For solar installations in Brisbane, our job doesn’t end solely after each installation. Solar panels require continuous maintenance and aftercare. Unlike most retailers, we provide aftercare and maintenance services as part of our offerings. It is, however, important to know what goes into aftercare and how to measure the effectiveness of your solar panels once they’ve been installed. Without this knowledge, you may end up owning panels that don’t perform their best and you might be left trying to figure out why that is. 

More importantly, knowing aftercare procedures will equip you with the right information for you to be able to select the right provider! So here’s a brief overview of what goes into our process of solar aftercare. Like everything else, our procedures are tailored to suit your needs. The aftercare procedure will be different for each home. If you’d like to have a better overview on what goes into continuous maintenance, contact us directly.

Solar Panel Aftercare in Brisbane

Solar panels are designed to last for decades. To make them last long and stay efficient, yearly aftercare is important. Your solar panel technician will be able to map out any damages or deterioration. 

Here are some of the common issues we’ve come across:

    • Moisture – Although Brisbane enjoys beautiful, tropical weather, it also rains quite a bit! During summer, Brisbane receives the highest rainfall all summer. The rain can severely impact your panels or the cables. Frequent checks are therefore very important.
    • Dire and debris – Occasional dust storms, falling leaves and any other plant matter can collect on and around your panels, leaving them inefficient. If you think that this could be impacting the output of your solar panels, contact your solar panel installer soon!
    • Damaged panels – More common in NSW, hail can break or damage your panels. It could even be random debris that falls onto your panels, limiting their functions.
  • Poor cable insulation – Even with strong insulation on your cables, they may get damage or lose strength over time. To reduce their impact, contact your installer. Loose and deteriorating cables are definitely a safety issue. In rare instances, they’ve caused fires.

For your and your family’s safety, it’s crucial that you only work with CEC (Clean Energy Council) approved retailers, like us. We ensure that all our practices are done under rigorous safety guidelines. We take care of everything and always put the safety of your family first. 

Measuring the effectiveness of your solar panels:

Most people don’t know when there’s a problem with their solar panels. You may have them installed for a long time and not detect a problem until you get your electricity bill. 

The simplest way to check is to have a look at your inverter. If it has a green light, you’re in the clear. However, a red or yellow light means, you guessed it – a problem. That’s when you should pick up the phone and contact your installer. PS. If you’ve installed your panels with us, give us a call anytime at 1300 989 811.

Have another look at your inverter and see if there’s any information that can help you. You can alternatively, look up solutions online. Sometimes, your panels may be damaged or your installer may have not done a good job at installing the panels. This would’ve led to a series of events from damaged cables, wonky fittings or just a flawed design that didn’t go well with your roof. 

Take a look at your inverters!

To understand more about inverters, take a look at our other blog where we break down everything you need to know about this crucial device. You can even find out the energy produced by your inverter, simply by googling it or reading the display on the inverter. 

If your installation was done a number of years prior, you won’t be able to monitor your inverter output online. Have a look at the display screen itself. Here’s what you might find:

  • Watts or kilowatts of power it is currently supplying to your home and/or the grid.
  • kilowatt-hours of energy it has produced so far today.
  • kilowatt-hours it has produced in total since it was installed

This will help you identify any shortcomings in your panels.

To conclude, aftercare is important in ensuring the efficiency of your panels. If you point out any signs ahead of time, it can save you heaps in the future! Make sure you look at the condition of the panels themselves and your inverter. 

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What are Solar Inverters in Brisbane

 With everything out there about solar panels and solar power, you may be wondering what solar panels are! If you’re a new solar enthusiast, we’ve written a blog that talks about how solar inverters work in Brisbane and how they’re absolutely essential to every solar power installation. Have a read and let us know your thoughts!

Why do we use Solar Inverters in Brisbane?

For a start, solar inverters come in a variety of ranges. Depending on the type and size of installation, your solar power installer will recommend an inverter that works best for you!

You may have come accross the most commonly-used inverters named string inverters. They are the string inverters which are usually mounted on your wall and are directly connected to your panels. The other type of inverter is known as micro inverters, they are small inverters that are fixed under each panel. Their main function is to convert the variable DC (Direct Current) which comes from the PV (Photovoltaic) solar panels into AC (Alternating Current) which is then used to power the appliances in your home.

The appliances in your home run on AC, not DC which is why your Brisbane solar inverters are absolutely essential to any solar installation.

In technical language, how do solar inverters in Brisbane work?

When the sun shines on your solar panels or PV cells, they’re made from semiconductor layers of crystalline silicon or gallium arsenide. These layers are made from positive and negative layers which are connected by a junction. When the sun shines, the semiconductor layers absorb light and send it to the cells. The energy runs around and bumps the electrons lose which move from the negative and positive layers, producing the DC that we just discussed. Afterwhich, this energy is then stored in your battery or sent directly to an inverter. 

Your inverter then runs it through your transformer to trick it into thinking the energy is AC, not DC. Furthermore, your inverter runs the DC through two or more transistors that turn off and on super fast, feeding two varying sides of the transformer. 

What should you be looking for in a solar inverter?

Since the inverters are really essential for your installations, finding the right inverter that suits your installation is important!
You can take a look at the best CEC approved inverters
here.

Here’s a brief checklist before selecting an inverter:

  • Rated Power Outage –  Making sure that the rated power output of the inverter supports that of the panels
  • Efficiency – Secondly, for smaller installations, look for efficiency ranges from >95% and for larger installations, look for >98%
  • Operating Temperature – Look for -25C to -60C
  • Frequency Output – Frequency variation should be as little as possible
  • Maximum Open Circuit Voltage – VoC of solar panels should be less than that of inverters
  • Max Pv Input – Inverter power should be matched with the solar panel array power.

It’s always important to speak to your local solar panel installation specialist to understand the best course of action, when it comes to inverters. You can drop us a line with the contact sheet below or give us a call at 1300 989 811 to get advice on solar. 

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How much can you save on Solar in Brisbane?

With several rebates offered to consumers in Brisbane, there are obvious benefits to adding solar panels on your roof. But how much exactly do you save on Solar in Brisbane? To understand this, it’s important to know the various rebates and incentives available to you. In this blog, we’ve compiled everything you need to know to understand the savings that come from investing in solar. Check it out and let us know your thoughts.


Rebates in Brisbane 

There are two main solar incentives active in Brisbane. These apply across Queensland. The first one being Feed-in tariffs and the other one are Small-scale Technology Certificates (STC’s). 

Small-scale Technology Certificates in Queensland

These certificates are part of the Federal Government scheme which provides an incentive through discounted prices. They’re also called rebates. Moreover, if you install solar panels or a solar hot water system, you normally get a number of certificates that can be sold on an open market or given to the solar installation company for a big discount on your system. The number of certificates you receive will depend on the solar panel system size and your location. 

Secondly, based on the amount of sunlight received, Australia is divided into STC zones from 1 to 4 with 1 having the highest reward. The price per certificate also shifts based on supply and demand but usually sits at $40. 

Queensland Government Solar Feed-in Tariffs

The excess energy produced by your solar panels is transferred to the common energy grid. You get paid in cents for each kWh that gets exported to the grid. Furthermore, the flat rate tariff in Queensland is usually 9.369c/kWh. Some Queenslanders can receive up to 16c-20c/kWh. Your tariff rates can vary depending on your energy retailer. Make sure you shop around for the best quote before you choose one retailer. 

The QLD government in 2018 announced it would be introducing a voluntary opt-in time-varying feed-in tariff to regional Queensland. Customers on time-varying tariffs receive a different price for their solar output depending on the time of day. During “peak” hours between 3pm and 7pm, customers are paid 13.606c/kWh of electricity produced by their solar panels. 

How to estimate your savings 

1. Grab your most recent energy bill

Work out how much you use each day

Divide your usage by the number of days on your bill (usually 91 days). Energy usage is sometimes given for the year — divide this by 365 to calculate your average daily use.

Example: Yearly use of 4,000 kilowatt hours (kWh)

2. Find out how much sunlight per day your roof gets
Contact us and we can help you estimate this amount. Calculating this is easier said than done. Our team of experts can advise you on the right number. 

Once you get an estimate on the number of hours of sunlight, we now can divide your daily usage by the number of hours of sunlight. 

Doing these calculations yourself will help you understand the best quote for your home. These figures should however just be an estimate. Do contact a professional to get advice early on. 

Should you get a battery? 

Batteries are a big investment. They can be fruitful but it really depends on the size of your system and the tariffs available to you. 

  • You should consider getting a battery only if your solar panel system produces a significant amount of excess energy. We can help you make the best decision when it comes to batteries. 
  • If you get a good amount of return through your solar investment, in the form of tariffs, then getting a battery is definitely worth it. 

We explain everything about batteries on this page. 

 

At D Solar, our team of experts value every client we work with. We follow rigorous and safe practices in solar installations in Brisbane. We work towards ensuring that the installation process is affordable for families and hassle-free. So you can enjoy cheaper bills while saving the planet!

 

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Why Solar Power in Brisbane

If you’ve just begun your hunt for the best solar power in Brisbane installer, you might be trying to understand why it’s so popular to get solar panels. The obvious reason is the gleaming sunshine that shines through the mornings and early evenings even with thick curtains on your windows. Ample sunshine, however, isn’t the only benefit to getting panels installed. Compared to other states in Australia, the ROI (return on investment) on going solar is much higher. Moreover, the variety of options in installers and their individual offerings makes Brisbane one of the best places to get solar panels installed. 

In this blog, we break down the main reasons why solar is popular in Brisbane and how you, an everyday consumer can reap the many benefits.

238 Days of Sunshine

In Australia, 6 solar panels are installed every minute. Electricity prices have never been higher, the return on solar has never been better. Queensland and South Australia lie in the sunniest regions of Australia.

Last year, Australia surpassed the 2 million mark in solar panel installations. We’ve been fairly economically and environmentally conscious and it shows!

Moreover, according to the Bureau of Meteorology, Brisbane gets about 5.2 hours of ‘peak sun’ per square meter on average per day. The estimated output from this solar exposure and the respective panels is from 5.9kWh to 39kWh. This output is enough to power homes with small to medium families. We discuss this in our solar battery page

Competitive Prices 

Since we have a higher number of solar panel installers in Brisbane, everyone has different offerings and competitive quotes. Moreover, Australia, as a whole, has some of the lowest installation prices in the world. Brisbane tracks pretty close with the rest of the country. 

With high competition and high demand for solar, as a consumer, you may be given a fairly good rate. Secondly, the government rebates, which are usually in the form of discounts from installers, you get a really low and discounted price for your solar installations. 

Clean Energy Council Certification

However, with high supply also comes the risk of dealing with fraudulent installers. Only work with retailers and installers that have been certified by the CEC (Clean Energy Council). Moreover, they’re the industry regulators and make sure that consumers only work with accredited installers (like us!) who will ensure your safety is first priority. We go through this in our ebook which you can download here

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Feed-in Tariffs

If you haven’t heard about feed-in tariffs already, they’re a government incentive to encourage consumers to go solar. The excess energy produced from your solar panels that isn’t used in the day is exported to the common energy grid. Secondly, The energy retailer that you have chosen, will pay you back in cents for each kWh you use. The minimum cents or feed-in tariffs in South-East Queensland, including Brisbane (on the Energex network in Brisbane) is about 10c/kWh. Some retailers like AGL and Click Energy offer higher rates of 20c/kWh and 16c/kWh.

Who sets Market Feed-in Tariffs?

If you live in South East Queensland, you may get a market feed-in tariff directly from your energy retailer. There are no mandated rates for energy exported to the grid, which is why most energy retailers offer you competitive feed-in tariff rates. Make sure you look and ask around so you can secure the best deal! 

Furthermore, the smallest solar system is about 5kWh, which generates about 20kWh a day, saving you approximately $500 on your quarter bill. That’s great news for your pocket and the planet!

Quick Payback Time 

The ROI (Return on Investment) in Brisbane is really high. The payback time, which is the amount of time it takes until solar installations start paying for itself, is really short. You’ll start seeing the difference in your savings and bill quite quickly.

At D Solar, our team of experts value every client we work with. We follow rigorous and safe practices in solar installations in Brisbane. We work towards ensuring that the installation process is affordable for families and hassle-free. So you can enjoy cheaper bills while saving the planet!

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How renewables could jumpstart economy, create 50,000 jobs

Clean Energy Council Chief Executive, Kane Thornton, said that A Clean Recovery is an opportunity to transform Australia forever, cementing the nation’s position as a clean energy superpower.

“There are currently hundreds of large-scale wind and solar projects that have been identified with planning approval and are well placed to proceed quickly,” Mr Thornton said.

“Bringing forward these projects could deliver over $50 billion of investment, more than 30,000 MW of capacity and more than 50,000 new jobs in constructing these projects, along with many more indirect jobs.”

A Clean Recovery could also empower energy customers and drive down power prices, by supporting even more Australian homes and businesses going solar and installing household batteries and driving down their power bills.

“This isn’t about a handout for industry when government is directing scarce taxpayer funding to other essential services and areas,” Mr Thornton said.

“There is an enormous appetite for private investment in clean energy, that can be unlocked through smart regulatory reform, sensible energy policy and investment in the grid and energy storage.”

Adopting the measures laid out in A Clean Recovery would boost Australia’s economy with over $50 billion of new investment, tripling the amount of large-scale renewable energy installed in Australia, with the vast majority of projects located in rural and regional areas.

Crucially, it could also cement Australia’s position as a global energy superpower and leading exporter of renewable hydrogen, securing export revenue and jobs for the 21st century.

A Clean Recovery could build on the recent success of clean energy. Over the past three years, there has been over $20 billion worth of new large-scale wind and solar projects committed, equating to 11,149 MW of capacity and creating over 14,000 new jobs,” Mr Thornton said.

Accelerating the clean energy transition remains a major challenge worldwide. For the Clean Energy Council, the massive disruption brought about by COVID-19 also creates an opportunity for Australia to accelerate this shift to clean energy and prepare the country for the future.

A Clean Recovery argues that renewable energy remains one of the few investments that can both deliver economic growth and carbon abatement.

The full plan for A Clean Recovery can be found here.

Major shopping centres to convert to green energy

Four Queensland shopping centres and one in Victoria will install solar panels across their entire roofs as part of the first phase in a new renewable energy partnership.

The new partnership between Energy Queensland’s renewables business, Yurika, and Queensland Investment Corporation will deliver 15MW of renewables across five major shopping centre sites.

The shopping centres include Robina Town Centre on the Gold Coast, Logan Hyperdome, Grand Central Shopping Centre in Toowoomba, Domain Central in Townsville and Melbourne Water Gardens Shopping Centre in Victoria.

Domain Central will be the first to benefit and will become the first shopping centre in Australia to be fully energy self-sustained within three years.

Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said this marked an exciting step towards the state’s renewables boom and its clean energy future.

“When I became Premier, we had no large-scale renewable energy projects in Queensland,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“Now, we’ve got $6 billion of renewable energy investment and 3,240 megawatts of renewable energy built or underway. These projects have created 5300 jobs.

“We’re on track to exceed 20 per cent of energy from renewables this year and on target to reach 50 per cent by 2030.

“This partnership will start with the delivery of solar panels, batteries and 24/7 monitoring technology and the ability to add additional renewable options such as electric vehicle charging stations.”

Queensland Energy Minister, Dr Anthony Lynham, said Queensland’s renewable energy revolution was also helping put downward pressure on electricity prices for Queenslanders.

“Queensland has the energy trifecta: the lowest average prices on the eastern seaboard, reliable supply and a planned path to a renewable future,” Dr Lynham said.

QIC GRE Managing Director, Michael O’Brien, said the rollout of Yurika’s Smart Connected Solar technology across QIC GRE’s Australian assets will deliver significant efficiencies and large-scale renewable energy supply.

“This renewable-energy-as-a-service approach will provide reliable, clean energy for our centres and our retail partners, significantly lowering the carbon footprint of our Australian retail portfolio and reducing grid electricity consumption by up to ~30% across the portfolio,” Mr O’Brien said.

The project rollout will occur in phases, with four of QIC GRE’s Queensland assets to receive the technology first, including Domain Central (Townsville, QLD), Grand Central (Toowoomba, QLD), Hyperdome (Logan, QLD) and Robina Town Centre (Gold Coast, QLD), with Watergardens in Melbourne also taking part in this first phase.

“Domain Central, Queensland’s largest bulky goods shopping centre, will be the first to benefit from Yurika’s holistic Smart Connected Solar program,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Following the installation of this solar technology, we expect the Centre to be fully energy self-sustained within three years, providing clean energy to our retail partners and significant relief to the energy network in the surrounding Townsville community.

“As part of this initiative we are also investigating the suitability of battery storage at Domain Central.”

A Clean Recovery – Renewables to help boost economy

The Clean Energy Council has today unveiled a plan to lead Australia’s economic recovery from COVID-19 with accelerated investment in renewable energy and energy storage.

‘A Clean Recovery’ outlines a plan to utilise Australia’s extraordinary renewable energy and energy storage potential to jumpstart Australia’s economic resurgence. The Clean Energy Council says that the current pipeline of investment could create over 50,000 new jobs, lower power prices, and inject over $50 billion worth of investment to revitalise economic activity in regional and rural communities.

Clean Energy Council Chief Executive Kane Thornton said that ‘A Clean Recovery’ is an opportunity to transform Australia forever, cementing the nation’s position as a clean energy superpower.

“There are currently hundreds of large-scale wind and solar projects that have been identified with planning approval and are well placed to proceed quickly. Bringing forward these projects could deliver over $50 billion of investment, more than 30,000 MW of capacity and more than 50,000 new jobs in constructing these projects, along with many more indirect jobs.”

‘A Clean Recovery’ could also empower energy customers and drive down power prices, by supporting even more Australian homes and businesses going solar and installing household batteries and driving down their power bills.

“This isn’t about a handout for industry when government is directing scarce taxpayer funding to other essential services and areas. There is an enormous appetite for private investment in clean energy, that can be unlocked through smart regulatory reform, sensible energy policy and investment in the grid and energy storage.”

‘A Clean Recovery’ would boost Australia’s economy with over $50 billion of new investment, tripling the amount of large-scale renewable energy installed in Australia, with the vast majority of projects located in rural and regional areas. Crucially, it could also cement Australia’s position as a global energy superpower and leading exporter of renewable hydrogen, securing export revenue and jobs for the 21st century.

“‘A Clean Recovery’ could build on the recent success of clean energy. Over the past three years, there has been over $20 billion worth of new large-scale wind and solar projects committed, equating to 11,149 MW of capacity and creating over 14,000 new jobs,” said Thornton

Accelerating the clean energy transition remains the major challenge of our times. The massive disruption brought about by COVID-19 also creates an opportunity for Australia to accelerate the shift to clean energy and prepare Australia for the future. Clean energy remains one of the few investments that can deliver economic growth and carbon abatement.

The full plan for ‘A Clean Recovery’ can be found here.

2019 a record year in Australian renewable energy uptake

The Clean Energy Council’s latest report shows 2019 was a “remarkable” year for Australia’s renewable energy industry, suggesting renewables may play a crucial role in supporting the nation’s economic recovery from COVID-19.

According to the latest edition of the Clean Energy Australia report, almost a quarter of Australia’s electricity supply is now coming from renewable energy sources.

4.4GW of new renewable energy capacity was installed in 2019, which is the equivalent to more than two times the capacity of the Liddell Power Station installed in just a single year.

2019 saw 2.2GW of new large-scale renewable generation capacity added to the grid and the rooftop solar industry experiencing its third-straight record-breaking year, culminating in Australia achieving the Renewable Energy Target more than a year ahead of schedule.

Highlights from the report include:

  • Renewable energy sources are now responsible for 24 per cent of Australia’s total electricity generation
  • 2019 was a record year for rooftop solar, with 2.2GW of new capacity installed
  • Large-scale solar accounted for almost two-thirds of new large-scale renewable generation, with 1416MW of new capacity added across 27 solar projects

The wind sector had its best year in 2019, with 837MW of new capacity installed across eight new wind farms, and for the first time overtook hydro as Australia’s leading source of clean energy. Clean Energy Council Chief Executive, Kane Thornton, said that this record year saw Australia “take a major step” towards a clean energy future.

“Last year saw the construction of 34 new large-scale renewable energy projects, adding 2.2GW of clean energy to the grid. This represents around $4.3 billion in investment and the creation of more than 4000 new jobs,” Mr Thornton said.

“Alongside this, we saw the rooftop solar industry smash last year’s record, adding a further 2.2GW of new capacity with the highest number of new systems installed since the solar boom of 2012.

“Renewable energy is now responsible for almost a quarter of Australia’s total electricity generation, and the industry continues to grow and evolve as we transition to a cleaner, more affordable and more reliable energy system.”

2019 was also a huge year for the emerging renewable hydrogen industry, with $370 million in funding allocated under the National Hydrogen Strategy and the states delivering their hydrogen strategies and projects.

Clean Energy Council 2019 record year for renewables quarter of Australia's energy

The energy storage sector is also starting to gain momentum, with the more than 22,000 small-scale batteries installed in 2019 taking Australia’s household storage capacity past 1GWh for the first time.

Mr Thornton said these achievements were even more impressive when considering the significant challenges currently facing the industry.

“Australia’s renewable energy industry has demonstrated incredible resilience so far, but we are starting to feel the effects of a decade of political squabbling over climate change and a severe lack of planning for a 21st-century grid,” he said.

After more than a decade of unstoppable growth, 2019 saw a 50 per cent downturn in new large-scale renewable energy investment commitments – with grid congestion, erratic transmission loss factors and system strength issues creating barriers for project developers and impacting investor confidence.

While Australia’s energy regulators are working hard to address these issues, Mr Thornton said a quick resolution was essential to ensure the industry’s momentum could be restored and Australia’s future energy supply secured.

“Our ageing coal-fired power stations are becoming increasingly unreliable, with many due to retire in the next 15 years,” he said.

“We have now reached a critical point where we must continue to grow our renewable energy capacity and accelerate work to upgrade our outdated grid infrastructure so that we can successfully transition to a modern, clean energy system.”

Additionally, with the COVID-19 having a significant impact on the economy, Mr Thornton said that the Clean Energy Council is lobbying federal, state and territory governments to ensure that renewable energy and energy storage is a key part of their COVID-19 response packages.

“The renewable energy industry is uniquely placed to lead Australia’s recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. In addition to providing much-needed stimulus to the Australian economy, we can insulate households and businesses from high electricity costs while also ensuring that we meet our emissions reductions obligations.”

Despite facing some considerable challenges, Mr Thornton said he strongly believes the industry has a bright future.

“There is still a strong pipeline of renewable energy and storage projects and enormous customer demand for rooftop solar and batteries. These will be critical in replacing Australia’s ageing coal-fired power stations, meeting Australia’s climate change targets and ensuring affordable and reliable power supply.

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Calls for a clean energy stimulus COVID-19 response package

Golden opportunity COVID-19 renewable energy

The Clean Energy Council is lobbying governments around Australia to include renewable energy and energy storage as a key part of their COVID-19 response packages.

Stating that the energy industry can play an important part of the economic recovery, the Council believes a clean energy stimulus package would both stimulate the Australian economy and protect households and businesses from high electricity costs.

The Clean Energy Council has written to the Federal, State and Territory Governments, calling on them to adopt a number of important initiatives as part of their economic recovery and stimulus packages.

The Council urged for the following actions to be taken:

  • Governments should directly fund the installation of solar on public housing and low-income rental housing. Solar will reduce the electricity bills of people who need the most support and employ a large number of electricians and tradespeople quickly.
  • Governments should roll out solar and storage backup for all critical state infrastructure, such as police facilities, fire stations and telecommunications.
  • The Clean Energy Council welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to increase the instant asset write-off threshold from $30,000 to $150,000 and expand access to include businesses with aggregated annual turnover of less than $500 million (up from $50 million) until 30 June 2020. In addition, it argued the Federal Government should stimulate jobs and growth with a new rebate for solar batteries for homes and businesses.
  • State and territory governments should accelerate the rollout of rooftop solar and batteries for schools, childcare facilities, police stations and other government buildings.
  • Governments should accelerate and increase funding for the installation of microgrids, stand-alone power systems, community batteries and other programs for bushfire recovery and to build resilience for future summers.

Adopting these initiatives would help to save jobs in the renewable energy industry, boost the economy and reduce energy costs for consumers, the Council said.

In the large-scale sector, governments should accelerate projects and initiatives such as Queensland’s RE400 program and the Australian Energy Market Operator’s Integrated System Plan to support large-scale renewable energy and energy storage projects.

The economic response to COVID-19 provides a golden opportunity for governments to accelerate such plans, providing much needed stimulus to the economy while simultaneously accelerating the move to a cheaper, more reliable energy system.

According to the Council, governments should prioritise strategic interconnections and upgrades to the transmission network, such as the NSW and Queensland interconnector and the many opportunities in Victoria.

The build-out of a robust high-voltage transmission network will enable jobs and investment in regional Australia at a critical time, while paving the way for the ongoing energy transition from centralised to more distributed generation.

New transmission will unlock investment and construction in new renewable generation in regional areas throughout the country.

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How does solar work during daytime hours?

Across Australia, solar power is becoming more commonplace, as consumers and businesses looking to make the shift to more sustainable energy solutions. From providing eco-friendly benefits to the environment, through to minimising the costs of quarterly bills, there’s plenty of advantages to having an array installed.

But you need sunlight for your system to reach peak performance, right? How exactly does this all work, and what can you expect from having yours in place on your roof?

How a solar system works

 Ultimately, these systems work best when the sun is up in full swing and shining down. When it shifts angles or the strength of its rays fluctuates, so too does the radiation it gives off.

It’s important to note that these solutions don’t generate energy every hour of the day, but it does create it when it’s needed most (e.g. during daylight hours and hot, sunnier periods). Because Australia is one of the sunniest places in the world, we’re lucky enough to have a consistent environment that allows for constant streams of generation.

 

Source: Clean Energy Council

In turn, this affects how much electricity your array receives and the amount your system generates. Typically, you get the most generation between 11 am and 4 pm.

According to LG Energy, consumption throughout the year on the average 3kW system (based in Wollongong, NSW, for this example) looks a little like this:

However, you can also calculate your output through their website’s nifty calculator, based on your specific location.

And if you’re after plenty of statistics around the booming success of solar panels across the country, the Clean Energy Council offers plenty of insights into the wonders of this evolving sector.

 

The cost of your home appliances

Running a household (or even a business) places a high cost on your hip-pocket. Over time, that adds up – a lot. Knowing exactly what these fees are can help you to decrease your usage when it’s not necessary, and control savings.

Jacana Energy has a helpful guide on navigating these running costs on their website. But in a nutshell, you can expect your everyday appliances to cost you around:

What Size Average Use $ per use $ per quarter
Air conditioner Medium room

Large room

12 hours/day $1.22/use

$2.30/use

$111/quarter

$209/quarter

Television 50” LCD LED) 4 hours/day $0.04/use $3.50 per quarter
Dishwasher 10 place setting – normal program 7 loads/week $1.30/use $17 per quarter
Clothes dryer 7KG capacity 5 loads/week $3.80/use $50 per quarter
Heater Small wall heater

Medium split system

5 hours/day $0.40/use

 

$0.59/use

$38/quarter

 

$54/quarter

Source: Jacana Energy

Once you have these costs in mind, it becomes even more apparent how your daily antics around the home (or office) can also come into play.

For example, if you do work from home, you’ll need to factor in charges like electricity, water, gas, heating, cooling, etc. Basically any kind of utility that helps you keep productive and operational while you’re clocked on.

While costs differ per person and based on their kind of work, the above guide can show you how appliances can make a big difference. Switching out to a solar energy system can support you in negating climbing energy costs, especially when working from home becomes more prevalent.

Tip: You can claim your energy and utility costs on tax, if you work from home often enough. At the time of writing this, self-isolation is crucial in combating the COVID-19 pandemic, so rising energy costs can be expected. Know what you can claim back by reading up on tax-deductible items here.

Battery storage brings even more benefits to solar energy

Just when you thought jumping into the renewables game couldn’t get any better, modern technologies and advancements now mean storing your generated energy is even more comfortable. That means less wastage on what your array creates and more support for our in-demand grid.

Recent innovations like the Tesla Powerwall 2 gives energy independence to consumers all across Australia. But it’s important to note that these systems suit some households more than others.

Primarily, a solar battery system works by storing the energy your array creates. The unit itself collects rays from the sun. It turns it into electricity, which is then distributed through to the inverter and converted into a format that can power your property.

Most residential solutions are connected to our grid. When panels produce more electricity than what you actually need, the excess power is fed back into this grid. If your home needs more electricity than what you’re creating, you can draw from this same grid as well.

In a majority of cases, feeding energy back to the network will give you credit on your utility bill, but this does depend on your provider.

To find out how Solar can benefit you wether you work from home or aren’t home during the day,  contact your local DSolar Specialist here.