You're ready. Is your roof?
Is your roof facing the correct direction and free from shade between 9am and 3pm?
Is your roof big enough? You'll need at least 15m squared for a 1.5kW system.
Is your roof strong enough to support the solar panels and racking?
How solar power works
Solar energy is part of Australia's new energy ecosystem. When you go solar, you have the power to harness and monitor renewable energy. Plus, you're contributing to a growing network of panels and energy storage technology across the grid.
How does it work? Use this interactive diagram to see the new energy ecosystem in action. Orange elements highlight where energy is being produced and used in your home. Switch between night and day to see how the ecosystem changes.
Virtual Power Plant
A virtual power plant connects your battery to other batteries in your community, through an intelligent cloud-based control system. Together the batteries form a connected network that can support the existing energy grid when it’s really needed.
During the day your panels capture sunlight which is converted into energy to power your home. Any excess energy is fed back into the grid, which can generate a credit on your electricity bill, or be used to charge your battery for you to use later.
Take the power out onto the open road. You can charge your electric vehicle using energy from your solar system, battery, the grid or a combination. Sustainable and smart.
Solar monitoring shows you how your solar system is working, from any internet-enabled device. You can see how much energy the system’s making, as well as how much energy from the grid your home is using. It also tells you whether your system is producing as much energy as it should, giving you peace of mind that it’s performing.
Working hand in hand with your solar system, batteries store the excess energy it generates so you can power your home even when the sun goes down.
A solar inverter changes the energy captured by your solar panels into electricity that can be used to power your home.
A digital meter measures your home’s electricity use in 30-minute intervals – giving you even greater insight into your energy usage.
If your solar system is producing more energy than you’re consuming, and your battery is fully charged, this excess energy is fed back into the grid which can give you a credit on your bill in return. If you aren’t generating enough solar energy to power your home, you can draw power from the grid to fully cover your energy needs.
Making smart energy choices doesn’t stop at solar. The new energy ecosystem gives you the power to harness your renewable energy, powering your lifestyle while caring for the planet. The use of orange shows where energy is being produced and used, and how it flows between the different elements.
During the day your panels (1) capture sunlight which, with the help of an inverter (2), is converted into energy to power your home. A battery (3) is used to store excess energy generated by your system. Your digital meter (4) measures your home’s electricity use in 30-minute intervals.
Solar monitoring (5) provides data so you can make sure your system is performing to its potential. Your electric vehicle can be charged (6) using energy from your solar system, battery, the grid or a combination.
When your solar system is producing more energy than you’re consuming, and your battery is fully charged, this excess is fed back into the grid (7). A virtual power plant (8) connects your battery to other batteries in your community.
Orientation. The key to peak performance.
In Australia, solar panels can face north, north-east, north-west or west. One of our retail solar partners will work out the best direction and angle for panels on your home. They'll account for the sun’s path all year round. This means your solar system will be working hard, summer or winter, 365 days a year.
Solar seasonality in New South Wales
Stay cool in summer with solar. With an average of 7-8 hours of sunshine per day, your home can run efficiently with the opportunity to offset your bill.
Autumn provides great conditions for solar energy. With an average of 6-7 hours of sunshine per day, there’s plenty of light to help power your home.
New South Wales has more blue sky days in winter than in summer. Even though the days are a little shorter, averaging 7 hours of sunshine, you'll still power your home with solar.
Cool months offer conditions where solar can be efficient and effective. Averaging 8 hours of daily sunshine, you'll enjoy all the benefits of this perfect solar season.
Get familiar with the basics
Feeling confused about DC, AC, PV and FiT? Then keep our glossary of common solar terms and phrases handy. Reference this quick guide when researching your solar system and stay on top of what you need to know.