How “Solar Brisbane” Works

How “solar Brisbane” power works in Australia is a little different for each state. In Brisbane, solar power is still one of the best investments you can make. The picture below shows how solar power works in Brisbane for a grid-tied setup. This part is the same Australia-wide.

How Solar Brisbane Power Works
The image above shows how solar power works for a grid-tied solar Brisbane, QLD.
  1. Sunshine hits the solar panels and is changed into DC power
  2. DC power is changed by an inverter into AC power.
  3. Power from the solar panels is used in the home first.
  4. Any excess power is sent to the grid. Any shortfall is met by pulling power in from the grid.

How “solar Brisbane” works – grid-tied solar

Grid-tied solar is a system which uses both an electricity grid and solar power for energy. In a grid-tied system, the solar power is “integrated” into the grid setup. This can be done in a number of ways. The most common way used in Brisbane is with a NET metered system. This is illustrated above.

How solar Brisbane rebates work

Solar Brisbane rebates in Australia are the same in each state. The feds offers rebates to people who go solar in the form of certificates. These certificates, known as STCs or RECs can be traded like stocks on the stock market. Most of the time, the person who buys the solar power gives their STCs to the installer. The installer then gives the customer a discount on their purchase.

Who installs solar Brisbane systems?

In Brisbane, solar power must be put in by an accredited installer. A list of accredited solar installation experts can be found here >> Accredited Solar Installers. Also check our installer directory to find more details on installers.

How is the system setup and what needs to be done?

Your accredited solar installer makes sure that all parts of your system are compliant with Australian Standards and that the system works as it should. The system is installed in 2 parts:

  1. Physical installation of racking, panels, wiring and inverter/s
  2. Metering – usually done by ENERGEX

The installation takes less than a day for most home systems. The metering (completed by ENERGEX) is usually done within 2 weeks after installation. Once this has been done, the solar power system is up and running. The only other things which need to be done are:

  1. Telling your retailer that you have had solar power installed
  2. Regular system maintenance checks. This ensures you get maximum energy production from your solar power system.

What about batteries?

solar Brisbane
Solar brisbane panels. Each system is different and needs to be designed properly.

No energy storage is involved in a standard grid-tied solar power system. Batteries are only involved in hybrid and off-grid solar power systems. With battery prices tipped to drop over the next decade, it could pay to make sure that your grid-tied system is going to work with battery upgrades. Ask your installer if the design you are getting can be easily adapted to work with batteries.

How a solar power cell works

Here’s how solar power works for those who like a few more technical details. A solar cell is a small silicon (doped) structure which can convert sunshine into DC electricity. This process of converting light into electric current is known as the photovoltaic effect. There is more in-depth physics to this process which we won’t discuss here.

How a solar panel works

Solar panels are made up of many solar cells in “strings” which enables them to produce a larger amount of energy than a single cell. Brisbane solar panels are no different. Most panels in Australia are from China.

Solar panels generate power through a special “photoelectric” method. It works when light “photons” hit the solar cell, which excites the material in the cell to make a current flow. This is very basic but it’s essentially how solar panels work.

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