Solar Energy

solar energy

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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.

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.

At amaysim, our energy plans offer market-leading feed-in tariffs so you can get the best possible price for any excess solar energy you put back into the grid.

how does solar energy work?

sun

sunlight is collected


Your home’s solar panels will create direct current (DC) electricity from the sunshine.

DC electricity

DC electricity is converted into AC electricity


AC stands for alternating current electricity. Simply put, it’s the energy source we can use to power our homes.

house has solar energy

your home gets powered up


Solar-generated AC electricity is used throughout your home in the same way as any other power source. Amazing, right?

recycling energy

not using all your energy?


Solar panels can’t store unused power, so what’s left over will be fed back to the electricity grid. Other households can use your excess electricity, and you can get paid for it.

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Is solar energy renewable?

Solar energy is a renewable, free source of energy which is sustainable and totally infinite, unlike fossil fuels.

It doesn’t emit any pollution or greenhouse gases when producing electricity.

What size solar system do I need?

The solar-powered system required for your home, will be largely based on where you live (how much sunlight you receive) and your current household usage.

Your solar panel installer will be able to help determine the size of the solar system you need to supply your home’s electricity needs.

Even if you only purchase an entry-level package which won’t meet all your electricity needs, it can still reduce your power bills considerably.

Off grid solar system price?

In order for you to not rely on the grid for electricity, you’ll need to install an off grid home solar system. These can be quite pricey as not only do you need a system that’s big enough to serve your home, you need to invest in a battery bank which can store any unused electricity you don’t use during the day for you to access at night.

What happens on cloudy days?

Your home solar power system will continue to produce electricity even when sunlight is restricted, such as during cloudy days, however, production will be less than the days when the sun is out in full force.

What’s the difference between grid-connected & off-grid solar power systems?

A grid-connected system uses an inverter that converts the DC electricity generated by the solar panels into 240V AC electricity, which the household can then consume. When this type of system is producing excess power, the surplus is then pushed back into the power grid. This is where you will receive a rebate on your bill, thanks to our market leading feed-in tariffs.

Off-grid solar panel systems, also known as stand-alone solar systems, provide energy to household where the system is set up. This system is used when grid power is either unavailable or when the grid power in that area is expensive or unreliable. Modern off-grid systems can be monitored and controlled online and are fully automated and easy to maintain.