Solar Power

The sun is our biggest source of energy and unlike many other forms of energy, such as coal or oil. It is 100% renewable. Solar power uses this natural source of energy to provide green electricity for homes and businesses.

How Solar Works

Solar panels – also called solar PV or photovoltaic panels – converts sunlight into electricity. They can be placed on a roof, on an adjacent building or the ground mounted on frames, being photovoltaic electricity is generated by sunlight. (not heat, to generate electricity.).

When power is being generated by the solar panels, the inverter converts the DC electricity made by the solar modules into 240V AC electricity, which can be used in your home or business.

Your system will feed any excess electricity generated back to the grid via a bi-directional meter (known as a "smart meter"). Your electricity provider will then meter this excess electricity generated and any credit gained will be recorded on your bill.

 

About Photovoltaics

We can change sunlight directly into electricity by solar cells°£Solar cells are small square-shaped panel semiconductors made from silicon and other conductive materials. They are manufactured in thin film layers. When sunlight strikes a solar cell, chemical reactions release electrons, generating electric current. Solar cells are also called photovoltaic cells - or PV cells for short - and can be found on many small appliances, like calculators, toys etc.

Individual PV cells are arranged together in a PV module and the modules are grouped together in an array. Some of the arrays are set on special tracking devices to follow sunlight all day long.

The electrical energy from solar cells can then be used directly. It can be used in a home for lights and appliances. It also can be used in a business. Solar energy can be stored in batteries.

Solar Rebates & Credits

When you puichase a solar power systems, you will be issued with a certain amount STCs (small-scale technology certificates, formally RECs) by the Federal Government under the Solar Credits Scheme. GSEA can apply these as discount at point of sale proportional to market value at the time - dramatically reducing your upfront investment.

Learn more about solar rebates and credits on the official government website.