How solar works

Solar panels diagram

1. Solar Panels

The 30kW of mono-chrystalline solar panels which make up your solar farm convert sunlight into DC power.

2. Inverters

The power from the solar panels is sent to a device called an inverter. Your solar farm, operates with three 10kW inverters - one per phase. These inverters convert the DC power to AC power which is what the standard appliances in your home operate on.

3. Switchboard

The power then travels from the inverter to your electrical switchboard. As in every home whether using power from the electric company or from your solar power system, the power from your switchboard will be distributed throughout your home through your existing electrical wiring to all the electrical outlets.

4. Electricity Meter

Your electricity distributor (Energex or Ergon) may need to install a new meter which can both import power from the grid and sell your surplus solar power back to the grid.

5. Electricity Grid

The Electricity Grid refers to the electricity network that provides electricity from the electricity distributor in your area to your farm or home. When your solar farm produces more power than you use, the power will flow into the electricity grid for use around Queensland through your electricity meter. It is this surplus power that makes solar farming so attractive. At any point in the day, when you are producing more power than you are using, this will earn you a credit with your electricity retailer. At the end of the year, if the power you produce is more than the power you consume, then your retailer will send you a cheque for the balance. With a 30kW solar farm, this could be quite a return.