What's solar power?

It’s 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.

Who's involved in the installation process?

Solar panels are just part of the installation process. Once your solar panels have been successfully installed on your roof, your meter will need to be updated. This is to make sure you can export any excess solar energy back to the grid and receive solar feed-in credits on your energy bill, or to be stored in your solar battery.

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    Electrician/Installer

    They’ll install the panels and submit your meter forms to us for verification.

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    Us

    We’ll verify the forms and arrange the next step - meter upgrade or reconfiguration.

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    Network partners

    We’ll get our network partners to upgrade or reconfigure your meter.

What to expect next
  • If your meter needs to be reconfigured, we’ll let you know once this is done so you can get your feed in tariff.

  • If it needs to be upgraded, AGL will request a meter upgrade for you and your distributor will arrange a date for this to happen – please check that there’s safe and clear access to your meter. Let us know if its not accessible to an external visitor.

  • Your meter reconfiguration and exchange will then be complete once all forms are correct and fully completed.


*If your distributor is Endeavour or Essential Energy, you will need to provide the Permission to Connect onsite. You will also need to change to a Time of Use tariff if your distributor is Essential Energy.

*If your distributor is Ausgrid you will need to provide the Contract Notification Letter onsite.


You're ready. Is your roof?

  • Roof direction

    Is your roof facing the correct direction and free from shade between 9am and 3pm?

  • Roof space

    Is your roof big enough? You'll need at least 15m squared for a 1.5kW system.

  • Roof strength

    Is your roof strong enough to support the solar panels and racking?

How solar power works

The orange elements show where energy is being produced and used in a typical home. Use the toggle button below to switch between night and day to see how the ecosystem changes.

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  • 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.

  • Solar panels

    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.

  • Electric vehicle

    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

    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.

  • Energy storage

    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.

  • Solar inverter

    A solar inverter changes the energy captured by your solar panels into electricity that can be used to power your home.

  • Digital meter

    A digital meter measures your home’s electricity use in 30-minute intervals – giving you even greater insight into your energy usage.

  • The grid

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.





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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

  • Summer

    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.

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    Autumn

    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.

  • Winter

    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.

  • Spring

    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.

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Solar energy glossary

Get familiar with all the different solar terms, phrases and acronyms. Reference this quick guide when researching your solar system and stay on top of what you need to know.

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