what is solar energy and how does it work?
Solar energy is energy that's generated from the light and heat which radiates from the sun. This energy is captured and then used to generate electricity that can be used in your home.
Solar power is a form of renewable energy, which means it is collected from renewable resources and replenishes naturally, lowering a household’s greenhouse gas emissions.
With both environmental and financial benefits, switching to solar could be the perfect option for your household.
Did you know Australia has the highest average solar radiation per square metre than any other continent in the world? In fact, we receive nearly 10,000x more picojoules of solar radiation per year, than we actually consume.
This makes Australia the perfect country for solar energy - and households have caught on!
Solar power systems have become incredibly popular among Australian households, with nearly 2 million rooftop systems already installed across Australia.
If your home already has solar panels, or you’ve recently moved to a home that’s solar-ready, you can put the sun to work and even get paid for the energy your home produces.
- There are two main types of solar energy technologies; solar thermal and solar photovoltaic (PV). Solar thermal is where solar radiation is converted into thermal energy (heat).
- This form of solar energy is typically used in households’ hot water systems. The solar PV system instead converts solar radiation into electricity. This technology utilises solar panels typically installed on rooftops.
- Households (without battery storage or battery banks) can only consume the energy they produce, in real time. So if you don’t use all the energy your solar panels produce, any excess electricity will be fed back into the grid.
- Solar cells, or photovoltaic cells, make up a solar panel when they are an integrated group. This device converts light from the sun directly into electricity by the photovoltaic effect, a physical and chemical phenomenon.
This is where amaysim energy comes in. We offer market-leading feed-in tariffs so that you can get the best price for your excess solar energy and receive a more affordable energy bill.