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What is Solar power and how is it created?

Solar power explained in simple terms.

How it Works

Solar power is the conversion of the suns (solar radiation) energy into (direct current) electricity; this is done using range of methods but in Australia to generate
solar power a unit is installed onto a roof at a pitch angle (slope) that maximises the sun’s rays so as to extract the energy using a PV (photovoltaic) style of panels (solar cells). They are an efficient, quiet and long lasting unit that over time repays your investment off in free solar power.

With Government grants for solar power which subsidises the cost and considerably reduces the investment expense so it is now affordable by most households, in fact a normal sized unit over several years will pay for its self in saved electricity cost which are going up all the time*. (This will depend on the size of the solar power unit and the usage of power the home uses)

Why Choose Us?

We at Total Solar Solutions Australia in Melbourne try to take the technical gobbled gook out (unless you want it) and explain how the system works for your benefit in simple easy to understand English.

With many homes completed and references available Total Solar Solutions Australia service these council areas of Melbourne in solar power and solar panel installation.

Ready to switch to solar?

Speak to us on (03) 9729 0894 to get a free quote for solar panel installation at your home.

PV Solar Power for Melbourne and Victoria

In Melbourne and though out Victoria the homes that decide to change to solar power are generally using Photovoltaic (PV) electric power converting panels. Simply, these panels convert the suns radiation into direct current electricity very effectively which is then stored and feed back into the power grid.

Over 100 countries worldwide are now using PV panels, Total solar solutions Australia endorse photovoltaic solar panels and it is the choice of our customers in Melbourne. PV solar cells produce power directly from the sun, which is free and environmentally “green” and lowers the carbon foot print of the home. Australia is ideal for residential solar panels
and commercial solar power with most of the Australian continent receiving in excess of 4kwh per square metre per day and more in the north which is more than enough to be efficient.

In September 2010 the power output of photovoltaic (PV) solar electric panels contributed an estimated 0.1 to 0.2% of total electricity production which on world standards is low but is growing steadily.

Solar Technical Questions Answered

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Central inverters have dominated the solar industry since its inception. The introduction of micro-inverters marks one of the biggest technology shifts in the PV industry to date. Manufacturers are touting 5-25% increase in power output, which in the long run can bring in a lot in savings for many home owners.
One central (string) inverter would normally cover an entire residential solar system (assuming that the central inverter is strong enough for your entire array). Micro-inverters, on the other hand, sit on the back of each and every solar panel.

Micro-inverters bring several significant benefits to the table. Do these benefits outweigh the extra costs?

Benefits of Micro-Inverters

  • Individual Optimization
    Micro-inverters optimizes for each solar panel alone, not for your entire solar system, as central inverters do. This enables every solar panel to perform at their maximum potential. In other words, one solar panel alone cannot drag down the performance of entire solar array, as opposed to central inverters that optimize for the weakest link.
    Shading of as little as 9% of a solar system connected to a central inverter, can lead to a system-wide decline in power output with as much as 54%.
  • Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT)
    One of the tricky things about solar cells is that voltage needs to be adjusted to light level for maximum output of power. In other words, the performance of a solar panel is dependent on the voltage load that is applied from the inverter.
    MPPT is a technique used to find the right voltage – the maximum power point. When MPPT is applied to each individual panel, as opposed to the solar system as a whole, performance will naturally increase.
  • Longer Warranty
    Since micro-inverters are not exposed to as high power and heat loads as central inverter, they also tend to last significantly longer. Micro-inverters typically come with a warranty of 20-25 years – 10-15 years longer than central inverters.

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