Solar Energy Specialist

Useful information for if your’re thinking of getting a solar system

Why install a solar electricity system?

Choosing a solar power system for your home is a big decision. Once those solar panels are on your roof you’re going to want them to perform year after year after year. And not all solar systems are the same. That’s why our number one commitment is to deliver the best quality available.We don’t skimp on quality when it comes to wiring and fuses. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link – and there are no weak links in our residential grid connect solar power solutions!

What about solar power for businesses?

We have a wide range of options to suit any business. Our solar panel systems, which use only high quality parts that come with long-term warranties, range from 1.5kW through to large scale project systems.

Queensland’s residential solar future follows that of the other states which have reduced or phased out their feed-in tariff incentives. Whilst  Solar power system installations don’t necessarily return to the heady heights seen in the days of more generous government support, the  falling price of installing a solar system, with the rising price of grid electricity (to increase yet again this financial year in Queensland by around 21%) make Solar installation  a viable means for homes and businesses to  reduce costs.

How does it work?

 sol1 By simply installing a Grid connected Solar system, you save money on your energy and power bill and do your part to help lower your impact on our environment by making your own clean electricity at home or work.Now is a great time take advantage of the federal government’s Renewable energy certificate system and solar credit schemes.

Grid connected solar systems are:

  • Clean
  • Quite
  • Require little maintenance

How does a Grid Connected solar system work?

Australia’s fantastic climate provides us with an abundant amount of sun light hours, which gives us the opportunity to make the best of the free fuel from the sun. To take advantage of this, we can install solar panels on our homes or workplace to capture this power.In Australia, solar panels are best suited to be installed to a roof which has a northerly aspect and at an angle which allows the maximum amount of sunlight to hit the face of the solar panel.

During sunlight hours a grid-connect system will generate electricity that feeds into your home just as the mains power grid does. When solar panels are installed on a rooftop and exposed to sunlight they convert the suns energy into electricity, cleanly and quietly and in the form of a DC electrical current. The DC electrical current is then fed into an inverter which transforms DC electricity to AC electricity for use with your appliances in your home or business. At times, when your household’s electricity requirements are less than what your solar power system is generating, your inverter will feed the excess power seamlessly back into the mains grid.

You may be eligible to receive a feed in tariff for this excess electricity produced from your electricity retailer. But when you’re household requirements exceed your solar power generation, or at night time, you will import power from the mains grid as you are currently doing. This whole process happens simply and seamlessly, with no input required from the end-user.

 house 1. Solar panels are installed on the roof in the most northerly direction

2. The Solar panels produce DC electricity from Sunlight

3. An Inverter converts DC electricity to AC electricity for use in your home or busines

4. Surplus electricity not used by the home or business is fed back to the grid

What are the different incentives, rebates and ‘feed in tariffs’?

In Australia, there are three types of financial assistance available to help lower the cost of installing a Grid Connected solar system

  • Renewable Energy Certificates.
  • Solar credits.
  • Feed in Tariffs

At Pacific Power we are able to advise and handle all the necessary paper work to access these schemes and advise on what you are eligible for as well as confirm the local feed in tariffs for your state.

What size system do I need?

Every home is different; one size does not fit all. That is why we will visit your home and assess your home and quarterly power bills and then advise you of the correct size system to suit your available suitable roof space and energy use. A typical Australian house consumes around 18 kilowatt hours (kWh) per day so a 1-2kW system displaces an average of 25-40% of your average electricity bill. Solar panels produce more energy in summer than they do in winter.

The components

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1. The Solar Panels

A group of solar panels or solar modules is referred to as an array. When sunlight hits a solar panel, Direct Current (DC) is generated. This is then inverted from DC to Alternating Current (AC). This inversion process is performed by an electrical component called an inverter.

2. Inverter

Once your inverter has done its job of converting energy, its output is very close to being the same voltage, current and frequency as the mains power grid. The inverter synchronises with the mains grid, so switching between it and your solar power system is absolutely seamless.

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3. Wiring and mounting systems

A crucial factor in a solar power system’s overall performance is the wiring and array mounting system, often forgotten about when people are researching grid-connect .It’s extremely important that an array is mounted correctly to not only ensure that it stays fixed to your roof in high winds, but also to guarantee that the air-flow under your panels is sufficient. Your array needs to be at the right height to ensure air-flow but also reduce the likelihood of leaf debris being caught under the array. There are some great solar panel-mounting systems on the market today, however for every good one there are 10 bad ones. Rest assured at Pacific Power we only use quality racking systems.

Our committment

It is our mission to stay at the forefront of the energy solutions market and bring you the latest technology and tips to beat the rising cost of power, and at the same time, assist you to reduce your carbon emissions. At Pacific Power we can develop great solar power solutions for commercial and industrial clients. We are Master Electricians (ISO9001 approved) and are CEC accredited installers in Australia, so you can rest assured that our solution will exceed your expectations. We have access to the very latest products and services available from the best manufacturers around the globe. This means we can solve your energy challenge from top to bottom and start saving you money.