Sunlight hits the silicon cells in the solar panels and creates an electric current.
The Direct Current (DC) is captured and goes through an inverter to change it to Alternating Current (AC) electricity. That electricity is sent to your fuse board for use in your home.
Solar electricity is used instantly by any demand from appliances at the time it is generated. Otherwise it gets put into the National Grid (see smart export).
When your solar panels are not generating enough electricity to meet the demand of your house you will use grid energy as well as any solar energy available.
There are products available that will help you use more of your solar electricity. A solar battery stores any unused electricity and will help you use some of your solar energy at night.
Each panel has an output rating in watts, but a system's output is usually referred to in kilowatts (1000 watts). In most domestic installations you will have a 4-kilowatt output system. A single panel's output ranges from 280 watts to 400 watts so you will need between 10 and 14 panels.
If you have high electricity usage and a large roof you can always have a higher output system. This may require an application to the Distribution Network Operator (DNO) so you don't overload the local grid.
Solar Energy helps you use less electricity from your electricity supplier, every kw saved means less money spent!
You also get paid from the Smart Export Guarantee for every unit of solar electricity you don’t use yourself and is put into the Grid. The amount you get paid depends on the electricity supplier you select for your export payments. It doesn't have to be the same company you buy your electricity from.
You can make some small lifestyle changes to ensure you use more of the electricity you produce from solar. This can help maximise your savings and further reduce your carbon footprint.
Read more about making better use of solar energy here.
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