Complete Solar Power System Guide in 2020

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The ever-increasing need for energy due to the growing population and urbanization in recent years has left a scarcity in energy production. Green energy solutions are easier to extrapolate due to the rebates from the government. Such a development is underway in Australia and has been for quite some time for solar power systems. Australia receives more direct sunlight than any other continents due to the Earth’s axial tilt.
So, making it an ideal location for solar farms.
Solar power systems harvest and convert energy from sunlight into useable electricity for residents as well as industries.

Setting up solar farms or even solar power systems can be an expensive project

As a result, the government has come to terms with companies to set up schemes while enabling a subsidized sale of solar power systems to homes in Australia with added benefits.
 Besides, the rebates made available by the government, it also has other schemes that further reduce the price of energy across Australia. 
The feed-in tariff, introduced by the Australian government on the installation of solar power systems allows consumers to give back energy to grids and earn back for every kilowatt of energy fed into the grid per hour.
So what are solar power systems, how do they work and how can consumers avail this spectacular offer that will save their money while preserving the purity of Earth? Read on to understand solar power systems in depth.
Types of Solar Power Systems:

Solar power systems or Photo Voltaic (PV) systems are a set of devices that convert sunlight into electricity. The entire system consists of-

Solar Panels
– The main core component which absorbs and converts sunlight into DC currents.

Inverters
– The component which is responsible for the conversion of DC currents coming from the panels into AC currents to be used for household or industrial consumption.

Distribution Panel
– Manages the distribution of power throughout the system and channeling energy to the grid and the household as required.

Batteries
– Storage tank for the energy harvested from the sun for later use or backup.

Net Meter
– Keeps count of energy usage throughout the system and accounts for the feed-in power from solar panels to grids.

Grid Outlet
– Assisting connection to the main power grid which provides energy in case of solar shortage or takes in energy for surplus solar power.

  • All these devices pair up to provide energy in three different setups which provide energy for consumers in different ways.
  • All systems have their advantages and disadvantages. People are eligible to choose whichever suits their needs or affordability.

Grid Solar Power Systems:


Grid-connected or grid-tied solar power systems are the most widely used and cost-effective systems available.

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The grid solar power system connects your solar panels to the grid where you can receive a constant flow of electricity with continuous power.

The power consumption is usually balanced out between the solar power system and the grid.

As a result, a regular consumer will never run out of electricity during the night or even on days.

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During a crisis, when solar power systems will fail to supply energy and give back energy to the grid on days when there will be surplus, depending on how much power is fed in.

Grid solar power systems offer reliability at low costs since they do not require a battery.

This system can provide the best return on investment allowing you to cover the whole cost of the system with time.

Grid-tied systems are meant for those willing to save money on electricity bills.

 The only drawback of having a grid-tied system is when the grid itself shuts down during storms or natural disasters. 

This could lead to darkness due to a lack of electricity at homes or offices.

The grid-tied solar power system is the most viable choice and a consumer may go for this system when considering saving money.


Off-Grid Solar Power Systems:


Off-grid solar power systems are free of grid connections, as its name suggests.

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It is heavily dependent on the solar power systems and weather conditions as it has no backup connections from the grid.

The system, however, uses batteries as back up to store energy for later use. This system is mostly used for completely remote areas and without power system backup.

It may not be cost-effective due to installing more solar panels and batteries.

  • The batteries usually wear out over time and need replacement over the course of 10 to 15 years.
  • The frequent charge cycles also reduce the longevity of the batteries.
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Off-grid power systems may be disconnected from the power grids but can still purse thousands of dollars in rebate on the issuing of renewable energy certificates or small scale technology certificates.

Off-grid solar power systems offer total power independence but it comes with a cost that can be ignored due to free electricity they can consume for the rest of their lives.


Hybrid Solar Power Systems:


Hybrid Solar Power systems combine the technology of grid-tied and off-grid systems to provide an uninterrupted energy supply for consumers.

This means that a consumer can never experience power outage while also saving costs on energy usage.

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The hybrid solar power system is tied to the grid further enabling the grid to receive surplus energy from the system, giving consumers their cashback; meanwhile, helping the consumers during days when there is low energy from the sun or the night time.

  • The hybrid power system is considered the best pick amongst the three because of the availability of consistent power.
  • The costs are not that great due to the availability of rebates on solar power systems.
  • A hybrid solar power system may not pay for itself sooner than any other system currently available.

The latter of which is usually never required as hybrid solar power systems also include batteries for emergencies.

The only drawback to having a hybrid solar power system is its cost. The setup cost of this system combines off-grid and grid-tied systems combined with batteries as well as power inverters.

A consumer may avail of the hybrid solar power system to maintain an uninterrupted flow of electricity only rivaled by the setup cost, which may seem, not too extravagant.

A consumer may choose between the three different options after counseling with a certified solar power system installer who is assigned to assist and assess consumer needs.

Solar Power System Installation

Installing a solar power system on a building may seem like tedious work but it is handled by professionals.

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In Australia for example, you will have a representative to come to visit your property for assessing whether or not the property is eligible for solar power system installation.

It is vital to know the procedure beforehand so you can be ready right from the moment you make an appointment.

To Wrap It Up:

Upon setting an appointment with an installer, be prepared to answer a few questions for a quick assessment. 

The right solar power system will be recommended to you; based on your finance, need and of course, your consumption pattern for power.

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Barry Martin
Barry Martin
A hardcore solar enthusiast and installing solar panels since 2012. We have placed specialists in separate segments for installation and promoting only the prominent solar brands emerging in today's market. If you're looking for solar consultancy and/or even installers, then I am your guy.

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