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4 Sep, 2019

‘Why Is Solar Energy Renewable?’

Did you know that when it comes to rooftop solar, Australia is ahead of the pack?

The nation boasts of more than 2 million homes kitted with panels and by 2040, a quarter of its energy needs will be supplied by solar-powered households and businesses.

Now, if you’re not quite sure about this new fangled solar technology, don’t worry. Here, we’ll talk about some of the most frequently asked questions about solar power including ‘why is solar energy renewable?’

What Is Solar Energy?

ARENA or Australia Renewable Energy Agency defines solar energy as energy produced by the heat and light of the sun. Like other energy sources, solar power has many uses. It can heat water for residential or commercial use, power gadgets, generate electricity, and so on.

But unlike other sources of energy such as coal, petroleum, and natural gas, solar power is clean and renewable. It’s clean because it doesn’t release greenhouse gases or other pollutants, and renewable because it comes from a source that won’t ever run out (The next bit will explain this in detail).

Why Is Solar Energy Renewable?

Now, you may say the sun will eventually die, and you’re right, but it’s still considered a renewable source of energy because it’s not going to die soon. In fact, our sun’s just about halfway through its lifetime. That means you have about 5 billion years to take advantage of its abundant power.

Of course, if you’re thinking about waiting it out before going solar, you should consider the money you could be saving right now. Not only are solar power costs at an all-time low thanks to technological developments that have driven the prices of solar modules down. But you could also be losing out on available government rebates and incentives.

How Does Solar Work?

Most are familiar with PV or photovoltaics which uses solar panels, but there are other ways to harness solar energy including SHC (solar heating and cooling) and CSP (concentrating solar power).

In Australia, PV panels are the most popular option. They work by allowing particles of light to knock electrons free from atoms, which then generates electricity.

Which Solar Power System Is the Best?

Whether you’re shopping for a home solar system or a commercial one, it’s best to stick with quality products that use the latest solar technologies. Yes, they might be more expensive, but cheap solar panels that discolour and crack in a few years will not save you money.

You should also make sure to choose your solar installer well. They should have experience installing solar systems of all sizes and they must be able to offer industry competitive prices. If you can find a company that offers a free, no-obligation solar quote, better.

Need More Answers on Solar Energy?

Now that you know the answers to some of the most common questions about solar energy including ‘why is solar energy renewable?’ don’t stop there.

If you have concerns about going solar such as how to choose a system that suits your energy needs, don’t hesitate to contact us. We would love to help you start saving now and discuss the systems we have available for homes and businesses.