How does solar power work? | Click Energy

Blog Post Monday 01 August 2016

How does solar power work?

How does solar power work?

Solar power provides a clean and safe energy system for your home.

We call it a form of renewable energy, because its source, the sun, does not ever deplete when it is used. That's a good thing, because it emits no carbon dioxide or pollution.

1. Sunlight

On a sunny day, solar power is generated and used by your system. On a cloudy or overcast day, solar power is still generated but at a reduced rate. At night time, or in other words, when sunlight is unavailable, solar power is not generated and your power is drawn from the electricity grid.

2. Solar Panels

Solar panels are typically mounted to the roof of a home to catch as much sunlight as possible. The solar panels are composed of different materials and contain solar cells (photovoltaic cells). When sunlight is available and hits these cells, sunlight is converted into direct current power. Finally, solar panels are a great investment because they can last up to 25 years.

3. Technological Bits

Naturally, there is some technological jargon involved when explaining solar power. Firstly, an inverter is connected to the solar panels. This piece is responsible for converting direct current power to 240V AC (alternating current), which is the type of electricity used in your home.

Secondly, the cool thing about solar power is that whatever power you don?t personally use can be exported back into the electricity grid. Another technological item (called a bi-directional electricity meter) measures both the power you use and the power you export into the grid.

4. The Electricity Grid

You may not use all of the energy generated by your solar panels. Any surplus electricity generated by your solar system is exported back into the electricity grid.

If you're eligible, you can sell the power that you export back into the grid and obtain a feed-in tariff, a rebate on electricity that varies based on your state and electricity retailer. Click Energy has some of the most competitive feed-in tariffs in all of Australia.

5. An Electricity Retailer

...Hi! We are an electricity retailer. In fact, Click Energy is the fast growing energy retailer in Australia. Our Click Solar offers are customised and provide you with some of the most competitive feed-in tariffs in Australia.

It's about to get bright!