If you take a look at your monthly electricity bill, you'll see that round 35% - 45% of it is network changes. These charges cover the cost of getting the electricity to your building. It's called the grid. it's made up of around 5 million power poles around Australia. It's very expensive to maintain, and someone has to pay for it.
For electricity generated on your roof, you don't have to pay network charges.
The cost of solar panels, inverters has dropped sharply over recent years for two reasons.
First, global supply has increased significantly, and with efficiencies of scale, each unit costs less.
Second, innovations have increased the energy output of the panels, through improved layouts and with things like automated sun-tracking mountings.
Both these trends are expected to continue into the future.
The government offers a number of rebates and incentives to organisations. Some are national and some are state based.
The main one here is Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs) which can be claimed when installing solar systems under 100kW. There is another program (LGCs) for larger installations. We can claim these benefits on your behalf when installing.
For more on why rooftop solar is cheaper and how you reduce your electricity consumption take a look at out Cut My Power Bill page.
How much would it cost to switch to solar?
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1. Solar power cells are hit by sunlight. This causes electrons to move and an electrical current is formed. A direct current (DC) to be precise.
2. Before it enters the building, the electricity is run through inverters which convert this direct current into alternating current (AC) because that's what most modern appliances run on.
3. A meter measures the amount of electricity running in and out of the building.
4. Electricity is then distributed around the building to power appliances.