As the cost of electricity continues to rise, we are all looking at alternative ways of saving on electricity and reducing these spiralling costs. If you are considering installing solar panels in your home or business in Hunter Valley, read on to understand the fundamentals of solar power systems.

What Is Solar Energy?

Solar energy is derived from the power of the sun’s rays. A solar system can capture this energy and convert it into a form of electricity that you can use. Using this clean form of energy can help us do our part in the current climate crisis and reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

How Do Solar Panels Work?

Solar panels are designed to capture the energy from the sun using special components called photovoltaic cells that effectively transform sunlight into electricity. The type of electricity that is generated in direct current (DC) so it needs to be converted into the alternating current (AC) that we use in our homes through a device called an inverter.

Can The Energy Be Stored?

Once the energy is converted into AC, it is ready to use in your home to power your appliances, charge up your phone and more.  However, if not all the energy being generated is used, it is possible to store it in batteries for later use. This is also useful as the system can only generate energy while the sun is shining.

Are Solar Panels Worth It?

The short answer is yes. While electricity prices continue to soar, the good news is that ongoing innovations in solar technology continue to improve and advance solar systems. These innovations have resulted in the cost of solar panels and solar energy systems falling to record low prices.

The amount of saving that you can expect obviously depends on your consumption, but surveys show that you can expect to recoup your expense within four to seven years. Remembering that good quality, a well-designed system will have a lifespan of at least 25 years.

Confused about how many solar panels your need for your solar system in Hunter Valley? Contact HV Solar today, and we will take you through our simple step-by-step process to design and install the perfect system for your needs.