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How does solar power work?

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How does solar power work

Solar systems convert sunlight into solar power. The solar panels absorb sunlight and the solar inverter converts that power into electricity to be used in your home or exported back to the electricity grid. 


So how does it work?

A solar system is comprised of two key components: the panels and the inverter. 

The solar panels convert sunlight to DC (direct current) power, however your home uses AC (alternating current) power. So the inverter then converts the DC power into AC power to be used in your home. 

The electricity produced by your solar system will, in the first instance, be automatically used to run your home. If you have a solar battery, any excess solar power will then be used to charge your battery, storing the energy for use later on when the sun goes down.

If you don’t have a battery (or if your battery is fully charged), your excess solar energy will be exported to the electricity grid and your power company will pay you a feed-in tariff for that electricity.

Most feed-in tariffs are lower than the rate you pay for energy, so while you can make some money from the feed-in tariff you’ll receive for exporting your solar power, most of the savings come from using the solar electricity you generate at home instead of buying energy from your power company.


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