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How Solar Panels Work

Do you want to save money on your electricity bill by installing solar panels? Are you confused about which solar panel I should install? Do I have the option of expanding the solar power system in the future? Given my location, what sort of performance can I expect?

Solar panels are a great way to reduce your energy costs. They can be installed in any location, and they produce clean, renewable power for the home. You’ll also get rebates from the government, which will help offset the cost of installation. Plus, solar panels last for decades – so you won’t need to worry about them breaking down anytime soon!

If you live in Australia and want to save money on your electricity bill, then it’s time to invest in solar panels today! PEC electrical helps many customers to save their electricity bills by installing solar panels in Mandurah and its suburbs-Falcon, Madora Bay, Greenfields, Dawesville and many more.

The History of Solar Panels?

In the 1800s, during a time of significant change in industry and technology, solar power production was harnessed to heat water for steam-powered machinery. Solar panels have been around for a long time. In 1839, a 19-year-old Frenchman, Edmund Becquerel, discovered the photovoltaic effect that makes these solar cells work while experimenting with metals. 

They were refined over decades by other scientists, including Albert Einstein. The latter received his Nobel Prize in 1923 for his theories about how the photoelectric process works, which allows them to function.

Solar power generation had a slow start in the 1950s, but it has been making strides ever since and is now relied upon for energy by many. Solar Photovoltaic cells were first used during this period as they are produced from thin wafers of silicon that can be found on solar panels we see today.

What Are Solar Panels?

Solar panels, or photovoltaic (PV) cells, are technically just devices that turn sunlight into electricity. Solar energy is made up of photons, and through PV cells, these particles can be converted to provide power for the many electrical loads around us.

Solar panels are an integral part of the modern world. They can be used in many ways, but some typical applications include providing power for remote areas and telecommunications equipment (including satellites and cell towers). Residential and commercial settings around the world are using sunlight as a source of energy to generate electricity.

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Choose PEC for Solar Panels

Solar panels are an excellent option for those who want to save money on energy. They only lose about 1-2% of effectiveness each year, meaning they last an extremely long time before needing replacement!

With the solar panel installation in homes, more people are beginning to combat climate change and help limit global warming. Solar panels don’t release harmful gases into our environment, but work with clean solar renewable energy that is limitless. These installations also reduce pollution by decreasing reliance on traditional power sources, which can be limited due to various factors, like fuel supply or weather conditions.

At PEC, our experts will walk through everything from sizing requirements, financial incentives, rebates & tax credits, to installation costs with you in person. It’s one thing to browse reviews online or look at pictures on a website, but nothing beats talking with an experienced professional about what works best for your home.

PEC Electrical offers high-quality solar panels at competitive prices, along with outstanding customer service and support for all our products and services. Contact Us at 0417 838 275 or request a service online.

FAQs About Solar Panels

The solar panels absorb sunlight during daylight hours and convert the energy from light into solar electricity to power our homes. Solar power can then be used to provide electricity for all of your electrical needs!

Solar panels are made up of individual solar cells that use layers of silicon, phosphorous (which provides the negative charge), and boron (which provides the positive charge) to generate electricity. Photons from the sun strike the surface of a solar panel that initiates an electric current by knocking out electrons loose trapped in atomic orbits into an electric field generated by the solar cells that attracts them with force and pulls these free electrons into a directional flow. This whole process is called the Photovoltaic Effect.

The solar panel is a combination of 3 materials-silicone, solar cells, and glass.

Solar panels are made up of either 72 or 60 solar silicon cells. They’re electrically interconnected in series and parallel, sandwiched between glass and plastic, framed with metal brackets before being installed on the roof for a clean energy future. A typical mono-crystalline cell produces around 250 to 300 Watts at an open voltage of 38 Volts DC.

Solar cells are a vital ingredient in solar panels. They’re made by slicing crystalline silicon into wafers, then cutting, shaping, and polishing them to create the final product. Photons passing through these modules can be converted into electricity with no pollution or noise generated from traditional power plants!

Note: Silicon (Si) constitutes almost 30% of the earth’s crust and is the 7th most abundant element in the universe.

Here are the steps that describe how solar panels produce electricity:-

  1. Solar panels absorb sunlight and become active.
  1. The solar cells on solar panels produce electricity (Direct Current).
  1. DC electricity is not the type of power that most homes use. Solar inverters convert direct current into Alternating Current (AC) electricity.
  1. Then the alternating current is distributed to your home through your electrical panel.

Do the calculation:-Calculate how much electricity you use and at what times you use it to size your solar panel system. Homeowners typically use 20 kWh of energy a day. An average home such as this would need a system of 5kW to meet its daytime additional energy needs. 

Warranties:-Solar panels typically have a product warranty of 10 years, but they can be as long as 25 years. Most solar panel performance warranties last for 25 years, making them perfect products if you’re looking for an investment that will last. An inverter’s warranty generally ranges from 5 to 10 years, while solar batteries come with a typical 10-year warranty. Choosing a product with an Australian presence or locally sourced suppliers can simplify the warranty process.

Cost:- A large population often buys based on price, but you should not view price as the deciding factor. Value for money goes beyond price. This means:

  • The lifespan of the system
  • The size of the system
  • How much electricity it will produce in the long run?
  • What will be the savings on the electricity bill?

Here is the approximate price of the solar panels:-

Size of the Solar Panel System: 3KW, 5KW, 6.6 KW, 10KW

Average price (approx): $4,193 $5,488 $6,584 $9,975

You can expect to spend approximately between $6,000 and $8,500 for a quality 6.6kW system. We recommend buying a higher efficiency panel and an inverter that will hold their performance for a longer period and produce solar power for the best performance.

The cost of power is increasing in Australia, leaving solar installations on the rise. With the cost of panels dropping, installing them with your home’s electrical system will save you money in the long run. The price of solar panels in Australia is at its lowest point ever. Good solar panels are now so cheap that you can get a return on your investment in 3-5 years. 

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