FAQS

Frequently asked Solar Power Questions

Why go Green?

Going Green is an excellent way to reduce your carbon footprint and conserve our natural resources. Each day enough sunlight hits the earth to power the world for a year, that is 400 trillion gigawatts (enough to power 400 quintillion homes or 400,000,000,000,000,000,000 homes). Putting the suns energy to work reduces the amount of coal and nuclear power needed to power your home, therefore preserving the earths supply of non-renewable resources

However, going green is not only greatly effective to our planet, it can begin to save you money immediately after installation, and protect you against the rising cost of power. Queensland power prices have risen by over 110% in the last 7 years alone. At the rate Grid Power prices are rising, why not lock in your power at an average of 10-14 cents per kW? Solar products such as Photovoltaic, Solar Water Heating and LED Lighting are great investments and will increase the value and energy rating of your home.

How does Solar work?

Grid Connect Solar power is created by Photovoltaic (PV) panels capturing the UV sunlight and transforming it to electricity it then passes through a cable to the Inverter which converts the power being produced to electricity we can use in our homes. The electricity is delivered appropriately to appliances. Any excess is then exported back to the Grid (power lines).

Stand Alone, The Production Process is identical to Grid Connect although this option allows all of the power produced to be stored in batteries and then to be used as needed. Not returning any power back to the Grid.

Hybrid, This Option is a combination of Grid Connect and Stand Alone Systems. Being able to either use utility supplied power, stored power from batteries (for night time or in case of black-outs), and also any excess power will be sold to the power supply company in accordance with the Solar Bonus Scheme.

What is an STC?

In Short it stands for Small-Scale Technology Certificates. An STC (formerly known as REC or Renewable Energy Certificates) is a measurement of renewable energy which can be traded for a monetary value. One STC represents one megawatt hour (MWh) of electricity. STC's can be generated from a number of systems including solar hot water, heat pumps, solar PV and small wind generation units provided they meet certain conditions.

Find out more information on the STC's by clicking the link below or call us to find out more.

ret.cleanenergyregulator.gov.au/Certificates/Small-scale-Technology-Certificates/what-is-stc

What size system will I need to run my home?

That depends entirely on your energy usage and how much sun shine you enjoy were you live. Every home is different. That's why we come to your home to give you a personal quote, using a "SunEye" tool to give you the most accurate figures possible. One thing is sure though, any size solar power system will reduce your power consumption and thus your power bill. Naturally - the bigger the system, the bigger the benefit to you.

What happens if I use more power than the solar system is producing?

During daylight hours you will draw energy from your solar system first. Should you use more power than your system produces you will simply be drawing the extra power from the grid, just as before the solar power system was installed.

Will cloudy weather affect my solar production?

Since the amount of power your solar system generates is a direct result of sunlight, it will produce less energy when the weather is cloudy or if your panels are shaded.

How often does a system need to be cleaned?

Recent studies have shown that cleaning your solar panels can increase your systems efficiency by up to 20% depending on the area in which you live. We recommend you clean your panels twice a year.

Will the system work in a blackout?

Grid Connect systems will not produce power during a black-out as all systems are required by the electricity safety regulations to switch off when there is a black-out unless they are a hybrid solar system. Hybrid Solar Systems give you the flexibility to still use power in the event of a blackout. This prevents the inverter from feeding power into the 'grid' while technicians might be working on the lines.

What if I move to a new house?

Homes with solar power typically have a higher resale value; the reason being is that their electricity costs for many years to come will be lower. Leaving the solar power system at the installed address would be quite normal. But you won't miss out - use the extra resale value to put solar onto your next home!