Solar Panels can be used to power your entire electrical home’s system, including lights, cooling systems, and appliances. Today, Solar Power systems can be easily blended into and suit the appearance of both traditional and non-traditional homes.

The most common practice is to mount the Solar Panels onto a north-facing roof.

A 1 Kilowatt system will (on average) produce around 4.0 Kilowatts a day. A 1.5 Kilowatt system will (on average) produce around 6.0 Kilowatts of energy a day. The exact amount of energy produced depends on such factors as panel angle, temperature and weather conditions.

STC vs PTC. STC stands for Standard Test Conditions. These are measured under lab conditions of 1000W per sq meter of “sunlight” with a standard spectrum etc. It is a nominal or name plate value. For instance, a Kyocera 180 Watt panel is 180 Watts (STC).

The amount of the solar rebate subsidy varies on the current cost of STC’s. The Solar Credits program is part of Australia’s Renewable Energy Target. Under this initiative, every megawatt hour of qualifying small-scale renewable energy generation is eligible for renewable energy certificates (RECs); also known as STCs (small-scale technology certificates).

When you purchase a solar power system from Solar Water Wind, we have already discounted this value for you in your quote. On a 5kW system, this value can represent more than $3,500 of available subsidy (subject to the trading price of STC’s).

On the day of installation, you assign the RECs/STCs over to us and we then complete the registration of these certificates with the Renewable Energy Regulator on your behalf; saving you the hassle and red tape of doing so.

You can buy a battery system as part of a solar package and still receive the subsidy; but energy storage doesn’t attract any extra subsidy.

The first solar cells were made in the 1880s. Modern solar panels were developed during the 1950s.

Solar panels or photovoltaic cells are usually installed on the north side your roof (where it has the most exposure) in order to capture energy from the sun, which is then converted to electricity. By installing a Grid Connect System, your home and/or business will be connected to the main electricity grid that supplies power to your local area.

As your system produces electricity, any excess electricity that you do not use is then fed back into the grid. For those times when you need more electricity than what you are producing, your Grid Connect System automatically transfers it back from the grid.

When the solar panels on your roof are connected to your existing commercial electricity supply, the solar system is said to be grid connected.

Yes, if any part of the Solar Panels are shaded, the output of the system will be significantly affected.

No, the system will automatically shut down within a few milliseconds of losing grid voltage and stay off until power is restored to the electrical grid system. However if you have chosen to install a Grid Hybrid system which incorporates batteries, you will have electricity supply during a blackout.

The “clean” energy produced by Solar Panels does not contribute to climate change. There are no pollution, noise or costly fuel bills. Now you can produce your own renewable energy at home.

A standard home produces on average 4,500kg of greenhouse gases each year. By installing Solar Panels, your home’s gas emissions can be reduced to an average of 2,500kg. You will stop the release of the equivalent to 40,000 balloons filled with CO2 every year.

Each kWh (Kilowatt Hour) of electricity produced by Coal Fired electricity uses 2.5 litres of water. By installing a 3Kw Home Solar Panel System you will be saving the environment around 11,250 litres of water every year.

There are no running costs. Once your Solar Panel System is installed the electricity is free.

All of the power retailers will purchase the surplus power produced from your Solar Power System. There are also Green power companies who specialise in renewable energy.

Generally your surplus power will be credited to your power bill account on a one for one basis.

Once the system has been installed on your roof little maintenance is required. It is, however, recommended to check and clean the Solar Panels periodically to prevent the build-up of dirt and grime which can affect the output.