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Going Solar The Smart Choice – Going Solar is a great step for the environment and for you. It reduces your footprint as well as saving you dollars.The specialists at Air-Rite Solar understand you may have a lot of questions about going Solar and we can assist you to find exactly which is the right system for your needs. You can contact us and one of our friendly team will answer all your questions about why going Solar is such a smart choice.
Make The Sun Work For You To Create Clean Solar Powered Energy
Air-Rite – a locally owned and operated company - can customise solar power solutions for any application – both domestic and commercial. We specialise in the design, supply and installation Grid Interactive Solar Power Systems – covering the entire Sunshine Coast from Glasshouse to Gympie.
What is Solar Power?
Solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity.
Solar power is energy generated from the heat or light from the sun. Solar power, also called solar energy, can be used to produce heat, light, hot water, electricity, and even cooling. The process of converting light from the sun into electricity is called solar “photovoltaics”, or PV for short. Solar power technologies are used in a wide variety of applications including grid-tied and off-grid cabins and homes, commercial businesses, and industries such as oil and gas, telecommunications, remote traffic control equipment, remote sensing, and remote lighting.
What are Grid Interactive Solar Systems?
As the name implies this system is connected to the mains power grid via a special type of inverter. These systems do not have batteries and are not designed to provide back up power in case of power outages. The basic system configuration is that of a number of solar modules (commonly called solar panels) usually mounted on your roof. A multiple number of solar modules is called an “array”. The array is mounted to the roof using a proprietary racking system that should be wind rated to AS1172.2. The array is then cabled back to a grid interactive inverter (which must comply with AS4777 to be connected in Australia). The array generates a DC voltage when exposed to sunlight with the inverter converting this to a 230 volt 50Hz AC voltage which is fed back into the main power grid via a switchboard.
There are no moving parts on a grid interactive solar system with the exception of a cooling fan which some types of inverters use. A great number of inverters are convection cooled thereby having no moving parts at all. Inverters can make a “humming” noise during operation, but are certainly not obtrusively noisy.
Maintenance requirements are fairly minimal. Cleaning of the solar module glass once or twice a year is recommended along with a 2 yearly electrical safety check.
As part of the installation, Energex will upgrade the metering to a type that has the ability to measure both imported and exported power.
Govt Rebates – Overview
Small Scale Technology Certificates or STC’s are a tradable commodity that form the basis for the upfront assistance for the purchase of a solar system. STC’s however are not of fixed value and are subject to supply and demand pressures in a regulated marketplace.
The number of certificates created is based on the capacity of the Small Generation Unit (SGU) and the renewable electricity the system produces. Click here to view the Clean Energy Regulator Brochure.
Solar Bonus Scheme
The Queensland Government also operates the Solar Bonus Scheme. In short this scheme will pay the customer 8 cents per kWh for electricity exported back into the grid system.
Special metering is installed by the appropriate electricity distributor (Energex of Ergon) after submission of the appropriate paperwork and completion of the GISS installation.
To maximise returns through the solar bonus scheme customers should endeavour to absolutely maximise their power use during the day when solar intensity is at its highest.
The scheme is administered by your electricity retailer. Some retailers may charge a fee to the customer for the upgrade of your existing metering, however we have been advised that both AGL and Origin DO NOT charge for this service. Please check with your retailer as these costs are not covered in any quotation we may provide you with.
Origin Energy and AGL are presently offering their customers a feed in tariff rate of 16 cents per kWh for exported power.