Bendigo Solar Energy - Your Questions

Q: What areas do you service?
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We provide Bendigo solar home energy solutions throughout the town and surrounding regions. Our business is an area of Phoenix Plumbing, Bendigo plumbing specialists.

Q: What is the difference between solar hot water systems and solar power systems?
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A solar hot water system uses radiation from the sun to directly heat water. A solar power system uses the visible radiation from the sun and converts it into electricity. This can be used in your home or fed back into the electricity grid.

Q: Is it best to get both a hot water and solar power systems at the same time?
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A solar hot water system is usually the first unit to install which will dramatically reduce your energy bills. Then you can look at solar power installation. The less energy you need, the less power you will need to produce from your solar modules.

Q: How does a solar power system work?
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Solar power systems use photovoltaic (PV) cells to produce electricity. When sunlight hits a solar power system, direct current (DC) electricity is produced. This is converted into 240V alternating current (AC) using an inverter. This electricity can be used immediately within the home or fed into the National Electricity Grid (grid).

Q: What are the benefits of using your Bendigo solar power systems?
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Electricity generated by a solar power system is used to offset or replace the power that would normally be purchased from your electricity supplier – thereby reducing your power bills and saving money. This solar generated energy also avoids the harmful pollution caused by generating electricity from the burning of fossil fuels.

Q: How much can I save on my Bendigo solar home energy bills?
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: The savings are obvious and continue for years. The amount saved depends on your home’s present electricity use, the size of the solar energy system being installed, its location and the feed-in tariff offered by your electricity supplier. Talk to our solar panel installation experts on the savings you will have.

Q: Will I still need mains electricity?
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Yes, because the inverter will only produce power when it is connected to the grid supply.

Q: Will my solar pv power system store energy for later use?
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A grid connected solar power system does not store energy. When you generate more power than you need, you supply the extra power into the grid. At times when you need more energy than you are producing, you draw the extra you need from the grid.

Q: How much roof space will I need?
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Our smallest Bendigo solar panel installation system requires a roof area of around 11square metres. This will generate around 30% of the average family’s energy needs each year. Our system sizes go up to approximately 5kW. The more powerful the system, the more solar modules and roof space are needed.

Q: Is the position on the roof important?
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Solar power systems work best on an un-shaded north-facing roof. It is also possible to install a solar power system on an east or west facing roof, however this will reduce the performance of the system.

Q: Can I increase the size of my solar pv power system in the future?
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This depends on your roof space and the size of the inverter. If you have sufficient roof space and additional capacity in the inverter you could increase the size of your system. If room permits you could add a second system to your roof.

Q: What happens at night or on cloudy days?
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Solar power systems only produce electricity when exposed to sunlight, they do not produce electricity at night. At night you will not generate electricity from your solar modules – you will use electricity from the electricity grid. The performance of the solar power system is affected by cloud, when there is not enough light to produce electricity, you use electricity from the grid.

Q: What happens during a blackout?
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In the event of a blackout, your solar power system will stop producing electricity. This safety measure is mandatory and has been put in place to protect anyone working on the blacked-out grid system. As soon as the grid is back online, your solar hot water or power system will restart automatically.

Q: Are there Government solar pv power and solar hot water rebates?
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Yes. See our Bendigo solar rebates page for more information.