Solar panels

History and invention of solar panels

Who invented solar panels? Solar energy history The concept of harnessing the power of the sun’s rays dates back to the 7th century BC years when magnifying glasses were used to make fire and reportedly burn ants! However, it wasn’t until 1839 when the photovoltaic effect was first discovered by a young French scientist, Edmond Continue reading

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How are solar panels made

How Are Solar Panels Made? Solar panel technology has increased significantly in recent years resulting in panels that achieve far greater efficiency. Solar panels provide a long list of benefits including no emissions, no noise, and no moving parts – not to mention incredibly long lifespans – they’re one of the key technologies driving our Continue reading

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Solar companies

Tips for selecting the best solar installer Selecting an installer company to supply and install your solar power system is the most important step in going solar. Once you have decided that solar panels are worth the investment, you then need to find a good company to recommend and supply the system components, and perform Continue reading

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How to use solar panels

How to use your solar panels for maximum savings The best way to use solar is to run your household appliances when your solar panels are generating electricity. Ideally, you want to minimise the amount of electricity your system exports to the grid, and instead use solar energy to power your appliances directly. Minimise solar Continue reading

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Benefits of solar panels

The benefits of solar panels There are many financial and environmental benefits that an investment in solar power can bring to you and society as a whole. Environmentally, solar panels will help reduce your carbon footprint significantly. Financially, solar panels typically deliver good savings and help to reduce your electricity bills. Advantages of solar energy Continue reading

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Solar panel efficiency

Solar panel efficiency Solar cell efficiency is the rate at which a solar panel transfers the sunlight via photovoltaics into electricity. The average cell efficiency of a solar panel is between 15 – 22%. The level of efficiency varies between manufacturers. The higher the efficiency of a solar panel, the more solar power it will Continue reading

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Do Solar Panels Work at Night

Do solar panels work at night? Solar panels work by converting sunlight into electricity. So, do solar panels work at night? The answer is no, they don’t produce electricity at night. However, it is possible to use the solar energy generated by your solar panels during the day, at night, using a solar system with Continue reading

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Do solar panels work on cloudy days

Solar panels still work when it is cloudy Yes, solar panels work on cloudy days. However, solar output typically decreases significantly in cloudy conditions. Determining the impact overcast conditions have on the output of solar panels is difficult; as there are many different types of clouds. It is a long-maintained theory that solar panels can Continue reading

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Do solar panels work in winter

Solar panels even work in winter Yes, solar panels work in winter. Solar panels work by converting sunlight into electricity, not heat. Although there are less available sunlight hours in winter months, a solar panel system can still produce electricity, albeit solar output will be lower than in summer months. The benefit of the winter Continue reading

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How do solar panels work

How do solar panels work? Solar panels work by converting sunlight into electricity that you can use to power appliances in your home. The sun’s light, and not heat, generates direct current (DC), an inverter then converts the direct current into alternate current (AC) that you can use in your home to power your electrical Continue reading

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Do solar panels need cleaning

Do solar panels need cleaning? Solar panels typically don’t need cleaning, rainfall is enough to free the surface of the panels of dirt and grime. The exception is for solar panels that are installed at a tilt of 10° or less, in this situation, it is recommended you clean your panels as rainfall is less Continue reading

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Are solar panels worth it

Are solar panels worth it in 2021? In every Australian state, no matter your electricity consumption, solar panels are worth buying in 2021. While there are many variables that impact the cost, savings and payback of solar panels, the upshot is that in Australia they are a good investment. Typically, solar panel systems will payback Continue reading

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How long do solar panels last

How long do solar panels last? Solar panels typically come with a 25-year warranty, but in reality, they will last beyond 25 years. However, solar panels degrade slightly each year and output diminishes by between 0.3 – 1.0% per year. When determining how long solar panels will last, an understanding of the degradation rate and Continue reading

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