City Solar Power Systems
City Solar Power can help you find the best deals on solar power systems right around Australia. If you live in Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, Perth or Darwin City Solar Power can connect you with the best prices for grid connect solar power systems, all recommended solar system installers are Clean Energy Council accredited insuring your solar installation is carried out to the highest possible quality of Australian standards and regulations for your state.
In the majority of Australian cities the most popular type of solar power system being installed by homes and businesses is the grid connect solar system. The grid connect System as the name suggests is connected to the main power grid which is usually supplied energy via fossil fuel of some kind, mainly coal.
During daylight hours when there is sufficient sunlight to power the solar panels electricity will be generated to supply your home or business, at night or on very cloudy or dark days the system will automatically switch over to draw power from the local grid. The switch over will not cause any disruption to supply and if not for the power bill you would never even notice it.
Depending on the arrangement and feed-in tariff rate your power company is offering you can be credited for any extra power you do not use which is fed back into the power grid. The amount of electricity that is delivered is measured by a two way power meter that can measure power consumption in both directions from and to the power grid.
The first point of call for the sun as it begins journey and transformation into usable electricity is the solar panel. Solar panels are in fact a collection of smaller solar cells or photovoltaic solar modules joined together to construct a larger panel, most solar module is made from crystalline-silicon and supported by an aluminum frame and glass on the front.
Solar modules use light energy (photons) from the sun to generate electricity through the photovoltaic effect. The photovoltaic effect is the creation of voltage or electric current in a material upon exposure to light.
To get the most out of your solar system you must have good quality components installed at each step of the process, from the solar panels right through to the point of use, That said there are many sub standard cheap solar panels on the Australian market that just don't cut it. The best, highest quality and most reliable solar panel brands available in Australia today are made by REC Solar, Daqo New Energy Corp & the SUMEC group.
Solar Panel Mounting Systems
Often overlooked or not considered when purchasing a solar power system is the mounting system used to secure the solar panels. Regardless of the situation of the panels be it on the ground or an a rooftop, they must be firmly secured and bolted down ready to withstand heavy weather. Imagine paying good money for your solar panels only to have them blow away in a high wind event like a storm or even a cyclone if you live in the northern parts of Australia.
In Australia there are strict standards that must be adhered to regarding the mounting of solar panels, it is also advisable to use high quality corrosion resistant brackets, fittings & rails. In Australia the top rated and most popular mounting system used by solar installers is the Sunlock system.
At the heart of any good solar power system is the inverter, so what does the inverter do?. Most household electrical appliances like your TV, washing machine, dryer, hot water system use AC type electricity, solar panels do not produce AC electricity they only produce DC power so the job of the inverter is to convert the DC power produced by the solar panels into AC that can be used in your home or business for all your appliances, simple!.
You may have heard of "AC solar panels", this is a little misleading as there are no solar panels that produce AC electricity, what this term is referring to is the Micro Inverter System where a small inverter is attached directly to each individual solar panel instead of one larger central inverter.
A good quality high efficiency solar inverter should give you years of trouble free service. There are many brands of Inverters on the Australian market some good some not so good, the top rated and most reliable brands are SMA, Sharp & Power-One.
Accredited PV Installers
The installation of any solar power system should always be carried out by a fully accredited solar PV installer. The Solar PV accreditation is a qualification that demonstrates competence in design and/or installation of solar power systems. To be eligible for government incentives such as RECs, solar credits and feed-in tariffs the installer must be accredited by the Clean Energy Council.
Online Solar Quotes
Get an instant solar quote online for solar power systems ranging in size from 1.5kW right up to 10kW. There is no waiting and you do not need to phone, simply fill out the secure online quote form and you will receive your quote instantly!.
your quote will include:
- Full system price
- Size in KW
- Possible savings per quarterly bill
- Type and size of solar panels
- Type and size of inverter
- Warranty information
- Energy produced per month
- Energy produced per year
- Output in watts
- Greenhouse gas emission offset per year
- Quarterly Financial Benefits
- Roof space needed for installation
- Possible system payback time
- Detailed list of all system components
- Finance options available
- Supplier and installer contact details