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Solar Power in Australia

Keep reading to learn more about solar power, including how it works, and some factors to consider when comparing energy plans with Solar.

We all know that solar energy is getting a lot more popular as it is the fastest growing generation type in Australia, with more than 30 per cent of Australian households now having rooftop solar.1

Australia is lucky enough to have the highest average solar radiation per square metre of any continent in the world.2 As a result, we have some of the best solar energy resource in the world.2

How does solar power work?

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency outlines two main types of solar power energy, solar PV (photovoltaic) and solar thermal.1

Solar photovoltaic PV:

Solar PV uses a semiconductor cell, or solar PV cell in a solar panel, to convert sunlight directly into electricity.1

Solar Thermal:

Solar thermal is the process of creating thermal energy through converting sunlight into heat.1 This heat can provide many purposes such as driving an electricity generator via steam.1 The solar thermal process involves two main types of technologies; concentrated solar thermal harvesting in the sun’s heat to produce large-scale power generation and smaller scale thermal technology utilised to heat space of water.1

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