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Solar Panels Adelaide: A Rising Alternative Energy Source

Following the introduction of a new energy initiative focused on solar panels Adelaide and seven other regions have joined in launching a trial of solar energy use throughout the community. There are currently various government programs that offer households and business the opportunity to trial various modes of producing and utilizing solar energy. The project has resulted in many businesses and individuals purchasing solar panels for use in generating electricity that will be usable in a home or office environment.

The initiative is being promoted using several approaches, including the following:

  • Solar power systems are being installed on several prominent local buildings to generate clean, renewable energy using the power of the sun
  • These buildings were chosen for their conspicuous locations, to promote awareness of the companies’ dedication to supporting the community initiative and the energy they are creating for use of the individual business as well as the community
  • Incentives are offered to residents and businesses who commit to switching to green power and reducing their energy consumption
  • Electricity tariffs have been redesigned to reduce the demand for electrical energy during peak usage times
  • “Smart Meters” are being installed in individual households to help monitor energy consumption and keep residents apprised of their own consumer habits
  • Audits of energy efficiency help individuals and businesses understand the impact their habits and consumption have on the demand for energy

Going Green by Installing Solar Panels

Solar panels, also called photovoltaic (PV) systems, are mounted on the roof of a building where they are exposed to direct sunlight for as many hours of the day as possible. They convert the energy they collect from the sun into direct current (DC) electricity, which is passed through an inverter to convert it to alternating current (AC) electricity, which is then usable in powering household appliances. If the system is connected to the local power grid, it has the capability to feed the electricity generated back into the community’s power grid. Local electric companies will often pay residents for the energy they receive from individual PV systems. The effectiveness and energy efficiency of solar panels often depends on where the building is located, including its direct exposure to sunlight and minimal shade or blockage due to trees or other obstacles. Because these factors and others are subjective, they must all be taken into account when calculating the system’s payback time, overall effectiveness, and estimated energy output.

How Much Energy Output is Needed?

For an average household, energy needs and consumption may vary greatly. In general, the larger the solar photovoltaic system, the more energy it will produce. As a guideline for estimating energy output, a one kilowatt system will typically produce approximately 4 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per day. As an example, the solar panels Adelaide households might install would likely be between two and five kilowatts. Since the average household can estimate a usage of about 18 kWh of electricity per day, a system of this size would provide only about 22% of the household’s total electricity usage.

Choosing a Solar Panel System

Energy efficiency ratings advertised by marketers may not always be the best indicator of the model’s performance, since each system’s efficiency will be affected by a variety of factors. The most important indicator to consider when choosing a system is how much energy it will produce each year, especially compared side-by-side to the money that will be spent on the system in relation to the money currently spent on energy costs. A solar panel system should last for at least 25 years on average, so a warranty is another consideration of the purchase. Most manufacturer’s warranties will last from five to 25 years.

Savings of Converting to Solar Power Adelaide

In addition to the obvious savings of energy costs by generating the energy consumed by a household through solar panels instead of consuming power from the electric company at a greater cost, there are other savings available through the use of solar energy. Tax credits, consumer rebates, and government incentives are an attractive savings to reduce the costs of purchasing, installing, and maintaining a solar panel system. Also, a system that is large enough to generate more electricity than is needed to power the individual household may have the option of connecting to the local power grid and feed excess electricity back into the community, regulated by the electric company. These companies will pay individuals for the electricity they generate and make available for redistribution to the public.

Comparing the Cost

In making the decision to switch to solar energy, the economic impact of the decision is an important consideration. First, consumers should be well informed of how much they are currently spending on their household’s annual energy consumption. Also, the expected inflation of energy costs over the next few decades should be taken into account. Next, they must evaluate the expected savings of a solar panel system, which will be applied against their current electricity expenses. This will include the evaluation of such factors as the position of the house and roof, how much sunlight it receives on average, the size of the solar panel system (measured in kilowatts) and its expected energy output, and whether the household will be eligible for any rebates or government incentives upon installation of the solar panel system. If the system will be large enough to supply all the required energy consumed by the household and will be producing excess energy that may be directed back into the local power grid, the amount of income generated by the solar panel system paid by the electric company will be an additional savings. The next step, of course, is to take into account the total cost of the system, including the solar panel system itself, installation, and the cost of upkeep.

Through the use of solar panels Adelaide and comparable communities are reducing the emission of greenhouse gases and the consumption of commercial energy while promoting a greener lifestyle. The support of these communities gives a positive example of responsible environmental consciousness and the promise of a brighter future.

 

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