Here at Smart Power Queensland we understand that our clients often have a number of questions about solar panels, specifically how much they cost and how they work. To make your life (and the decision to turn to solar) easier we have put together some of our most frequently asked questions. If we didn’t answer your question, or you would like to learn more get in touch and speak to our friendly team today!
To install your solar panels, it can take 1 to 3 days depending on the size and type you have.
You can put solar panels on rooftops, on the ground, on walls, anywhere that will received the maximum sunlight. If you want to find where the best placement for your solar panels would be, contact our specialists today.
Most rooftop solar panels are covered by home insurance, however you may need to increase your coverage or require an add-on or separate policy when your system is large enough to merit its own coverage.
Accumulated dust, leaves and grime will generally wash away with rainfall for most solar panels, but if you are in an area that does not receive much rain, it will be important for you to monitor any build up on your solar panels. Anything that reduces the amount of light that can be absorbed by your solar panels will impact their energy yield efficiency and decrease the ability to lower electricity bills.
Solar panels generate electricity from the movement of electrons in the silicon cells. When the layer of silicon is energised by sunlight, it initiates a flow of electric current.
It is important for you to note that only solar power systems installed by accredited installers are eligible for Australian Government incentives and rebates. If you are wanting to install solar panels yourself, we suggest working with a company that will handle the plans and give you instructions on how to install the components of your solar panels. Typically, you will be installing the racking or mounts for your solar panels, connecting the solar panels to your racking equipment then installing your solar inverter.
The short answer is, yes. With an appropriate solar panel system you will be able to generate your own electricity, lower your energy bill and in the long run increase the value of your home. As a long term investment your solar panel system will pay itself off fairly quickly.
Solar panels are exposed to the elements all year long, and this will naturally cause them to deteriorate and produce less electricity over time. Depending on the quality of your solar panels, they can have a life of about 25 to 45 years.
Solar panels facing north will perform the best in Australia.
A good way to make the most of your solar panels is to set timers on your electric devices so they run during the day, and if you’re looking to buy new appliances, consider buying options that have a high star energy rating or are battery operated. Another way is to reduce your overall energy consumption, like swapping out your lighting for LEDs or turning off appliances on that sit on standby.
The price of a solar power system ranges between $2,500 and $12,000 depending on the system size and number of solar panels you want to install. We are guessing you are looking at those prices and scratching your head, but that is why we are here. Contact us today, we wil be happy to help you assess if the cost is going to be worth your investment.
It will depend on the quality of your solar panels, where you live in Australia and where it is located on your roof. In Melbourne, having a 3, 5, 8 or 10 kW system you could generate approximately 11, 18, 29 or 36 kWh a day.
The technology for a solar power cell was first discovered in 1839, by French physicist, Edmond Becquerel. It was only in 1941 when Albert Einstein published a paper on the potential of the cells that scientists, Daryl Chapin, Calvin Fuller, and Gerald Pearson invented the first solar cell.
A solar power module consists of solar cells, glass, back sheet and frame. A solar cell is comprised of silicon and boron. In the process of purifying the silicon in a furnace, boron is added to give it its positive electrical property. It is melted and cooled into a cylinder, which is sliced into wafer thin disks with a wire saw and coated in an anti-reflective compound. Metal conductors are then added on each surface to ensure the conversion of solar energy into electricity. To create the panel, the solar cells are soldered together and a thin layer of glass is added to the front and a durable, polymer-based material to the back, sealing it from any water, soil, and other materials that could enter. A junction box and the frame is then added, which will help house the electrical connections, protect them from the environment and make it easier to mount the panel in various ways. The final step is a series of tests before the manufacturer ships out the solar panel.