A clean, safe energy system
Solar power can be used in your home or business with any surplus exported to the electricity grid. It emits no fumes, pollution or carbon dioxide.
Getting started with solar
With these key elements you’ll be generating solar power in no time.
The sun’s energy
The sun’s energy is available to everyone. Solar power is still generated on cloudy or overcast days, however at a reduced output. At night, when solar panels typically can’t produce enough electricity to meet your household needs, power is automatically drawn from the electricity grid. During the day you will consume the power that you generate first in powering items that are on standby within your home etc, what you don’t consume then gets sent to the grid to offset your overall consumption.
These roof-mounted panes contain photovoltaic cells, also known as solar cells. When sunlight falls on the cells they convert the sun’s energy into DC (direct current) power. Solar panels typically produce energy for at least 30 years.
Connected by a cable to the solar panels, the inverter converts the DC power to 240V AC (alternating current), the type of electricity used in your home. On some inverters the digital display provides detailed information on how much power is being generated throughout the day.
A bi-directional electricity meter
The power you don’t use can be sold back to the grid if you’re eligible. This is called the feed-in tariff, a rebate from our local Tasmanian electricity supplier. If you need to have a bi-directional meter installed, this will be done by Aurora or other supplier and they will charge you directly to change this meter over.
The electricity grid
Any surplus energy your home generates is fed back into the grid for others to use; when you need additional power, the grid provides this.