Residential solar PV system prices have remained steady from May through June with the average price per watt at roughly $1.85 per W across Australia. Slight decreases where recorded in some capital cities.
Choosing the right solar panels for your system and at the right price is not always an easy task, especially when most of us have limited knowledge of electrical engineering. The world of solar PV has a lot of hi-tech science involved however with a little research you can get informed enough to make the right decision.
A solar power system will generally not need much attention when it comes to maintenance, however some simple care like solar panel cleaning and a visual inspection of the hardware once in a while is good practice to help keep your system operating trouble free.
LED lights are an excellent way to save power as they only use a fraction of the power that incandescent or compact fluorescent lights do by converting much more of the power used into light instead of heat. If you install a solar power system to save on your power bill then its good practice to switch over to LEDs as this will take some of the load off your solar system freeing up power for use in other devices, especially important of you are running an off grid or remote power system with a battery bank.
At the heart of every solar power system are the solar panels, no matter how good the quality of the panels used they will not deliver the PV goods if they are no correctly installed
Some handy tools and information to help you work out what size solar system you need, how much roof space is required, how much power you could be generating in your location and links to a solar financial payback calculator.
A list of some of the best solar inverter brands available on the Australian solar market including a sample of solar inverter specifications for each brand of inverter.
Installing a Solar hot water system is a good way to save on your electricity bill, especially in a country like Australia with a good all year round supply of sunlight.
Standby Power or Vampire Power is the electricity that appliances consume when they are not being used. We all like to sit down on the couch, grab the remote control and switch on the TV however this convenience comes at a price as the TV and remote sensor need to be powered and ready to power up when we hit that remote on button.
A solar inverter is a device that changes DC electrical current generated by solar panels into AC current which is more widely used by most common electrical appliances. The inverter is a vital part of a solar power system and even with the best solar panels installed the system will not output its full potential if the inverter is not functioning correctly.