City Solar Power Systems
Get the best solar power systems deals on the Australian Solar Market for systems of any size from 1.5kW, 2kW, 5kW all the way up to 10kW and even larger. Solar panel installation services span the great Australian nation from Cairns in the far north down to Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney through to Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart then back over to Adelaide across the great Australian bite to Perth and finally Darwin.
Heading in to 2016 the year ahead is looking like it will be the best year for solar power so far as millions of Australians make the switch to clean cheap electricity and turn their backs on the dirty coal fired power of the last century.
Regardless of your views on climate change or saving the environment installing a solar power system is a sensible way to reduce the cost of your electricity bill, in your home or even in a business situation there are massive savings to be gained form solar. The large power companies have tried their best to restrict the solar industry in Australia however the old long standing market rule of supply and demand can not be overridden for long, people want solar not coal, people want clean safe energy and not risky dirty fossil fuels.
The practice of converting sunlight into electrical energy has been around for over 100 years, in fact the very first discovery of the Photovoltaic effect was way back in 1839 by a chap named Alexandre Edmond Becquerel since its beginnings long ago solar power has seen a rapid rise in technological advanced more so in the past 20 years than in the previous 100.
Now in 2016 solar power has seen a massive increase in uptake most likely the catalyst for this has been the need for action on climate change however in many cases systems are being installed purely for the cost saving benefits.
The price of installing solar panels is continuing to fall rapidly around the world as demand increases and more efficient and productive manufacturing techniques are being developed, and what that means for the average Australian household or business is that there has never been a more exiting time to get a Free Solar Quote and install a system.
Basically a solar power system only needs a few components to operate, solar panels to absorb and convert sunlight into DC electricity, a power inverter to convert the DC from the panels onto AC electricity and in off grid or remote area systems a bank of deep cycle batteries to store electricity generated by the solar panels for use at times when there is not enough sunlight to power the solar panels.
Unlike a coal fired power generator with smoke stacks and the related hardware such as the thousands of kilometers of power poles we see covering the countryside, solar panels are installed locally at the place of electricity consumption. This means that the system is much more efficient and environmentally friendly in ways that go well beyond carbon emissions.
Massive areas of land need to be cleared to install power poles, plus all the timber to make to poles, the steel for the cables, the trucks and services roads needed to maintain the system and so on. Where as installing solar panels is a one time job with the only maintenance required being giving the panels a clean every now and then to remove the dust.
Solar panels can look quite nice on a roof, they make a statement that this is a modern 21st century home. I know I would much rather have a few solar panels on the roof of my home than live next door to a coal fired power plant.
The image gallery below shows some typical roof mounted solar panel installations, and don’t they look wonderful?, magnificent!.
Solar Power Inverters
Solar inverters are a technical looking box that needs to be mounted somewhere in your home preferably out of the weather and in a secure safe and ventilated location.
The role of the power inverter is to change the DC type of electrical current from the solar panels into the more usable and domestically friendly AC electrical current, sound confusing? here is a simple explanation.
Electricity comes in to forms or wave types, AC which is short for Alternating Current and DC which stands for Direct Current, although AC and DC are both electricity they act in different ways, most electrical appliances we use generally run on either AC or DC but rarely run on both.
To help get you head around it some common examples of DC electricity are car batteries, flashlight batteries and indeed all batteries store only DC electricity. Your mobile phone charger is a small transformer that converts the AC electricity in to DC so it can charge the phones battery.
AC electricity is what comes out of the wall mounted power points in your home, this type of electricity is what powers the larger devices like refrigerators, washing machines ,cloths dryers, TV’s and so on.
So here’s the thing, solar panels can only make DC electricity, however to power these larger electrical appliances AC is needed and that’s why a power inverter is needed. If all you wanted to use was DC power from your solar panels then there would be no need for an inverter. Life without a power inverter?, sure no problem just wash your cloths in a bucket, don’t buy any food that needs refrigeration and get the binoculars out so you can watch your neighbors TV.
Below are a few images showing examples of solar power inverter mounting positions.
Most people are coming around to solar however there are a still many members of our beloved Australian democracy, lets say politely in the older generation or maybe those who are a little more right leaning politically that do not understand how solar can completely power their home 24/7, part of this attitude possibly comes from the early days of solar in the 1970’s and 80’s when the idea of running a solar power system was perceived as some hippie living in the hills with a bank of old car batteries running a small handful of 12v appliances like a radio, lighting their tin shack with a small automotive DC bulb. Well this concept may have been valid 25 years ago but not so today, solar has advanced light years form what it was 25 years ago and if fast becoming main stream. The idea that somehow anything but so called “base load power” (a myth by the way) is not reliable enough to supply reliable electricity is being proven well and truly wrong.