Wondering How
Solar Systems Work?

With increasing electricity demands in the modern world, what better way to power your home than with clean, free energy from the sun!

Solar Made Simple

  1. Sunlight hits the solar panels on the roof and produces DC electricity even when the sun’s not out.
  2. The DC current gets sent to the inverter which converts the DC electricity to AC, which is usable in our homes.
  3. Any appliances in the house now run off this power during the day meaning you are no longer buying power from your energy provider.
  4. Any unused electricity is fed back into the grid through your import/export meter, which calculates all the exported electricity. At the end of the billing cycle it gets added up and you get paid a credit for it, Happy Days!
  5. Your home is now protected from rising electricity costs. You’re saving money and the environment.

Solar System Setup

Solar energy works by capturing the sun’s energy and quietly and efficiently converting it into electricity for your home or business.

The Solar Panel

A multiplex of cells make up a solar panel, and multiple panels can be connected to form a solar array. The more panels you set up, the more electricity you generate.

The Inverter

Along with inverting DC to AC, they also provide ground fault protection and system stats. These include voltage and current on AC and DC circuits, energy production and maximum power point tracking.

The Battery

Batteries capture and store unused electricity produced by your solar panels to use when the sun goes down. Using stored energy created by the sun is a cleaner solution and a way to achieve energy self-sufficiency.

The Monitoring System

A monitoring system will compute your:

  • Energy consumption
  • Solar electricity production
  • Grid exports
  • Grid imports
  • Battery charge and discharge power

This system will relay the data to your app every few seconds. You’ll be given a login where you can see various graphs and numbers that tell you what’s going on.

Troubleshooting

There’s never been a better time to go solar!

When you install a solar system, you generate Small Technology Certificates (STCs), which are sometimes referred to as a ‘Government Solar Rebate’. You’ll receive 1 STC for every Megawatt of energy your system is expected to produce until 2031.

For example, a 6.6KW (approx 18 panels) will produce around 80MWh worth of electricity over the 10-year period until 2031, meaning you are entitled to 82 STCs.

Once your solar system has been installed and the STCs have been registered, they can be sold to recover a portion of the cost of purchasing your solar PV system. The certificates represent the positive environmental impact of using solar energy over carbon-emitting fuel sources such as gas and coal. They have a monetary value and are traded on an open market. Companies who are aiming to reduce their environmental impact purchase these certificates from installers therefore partially funding the solar installation.

Given the complexity surrounding creating and selling STCs, it’s common practice to assign the right to trade the STCs to your solar provider, in exchange for an upfront discount off the full, or ‘true’, system price.

STCs currently trade for around $38 each, which means you’d receive around $3116 discount off the full, or before ‘rebate’, cost of a 6.6kW system.

Think Renewable will quote a price to you that is inclusive of the STC discount. This is the final price of the system that will be installed.

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