Frequently Asked Questions

Q & A’s about Solar Systems for your home or business

Residential Solar

How do solar panels work?

Solar panels absorb the suns energy throughout the day (light not heat) and convert it into direct current (DC) electricity. Most homes and businesses run on alternating current (AC) electricity, so the DC electricity is then passed through an inverter to convert it to usable AC electricity. You can either use the electricity in your house, store in a solar battery or send it back to the electric grid.

What are the different types of solar panels?

While every solar panel brand and product has unique specifications, we group solar panels into 3 groups – Economy, Standard, and Premium. Premium panels perform the best, but have a higher price tag, while Economy panels are inexpensive but often less durable over time. Solar Partners chooses to work with Standard and Premium Panels to ensure our customers receive quality products.

What size solar energy system should I get?

The size of your solar system will depend on how much electricity you use on a monthly basis, as well as the weather conditions where you live. Take a look at your past electricity bills and one of our expert solar specialists will determine the best system size for your needs.

Do I need to install solar batteries with my solar power system?

Solar power systems that include solar batteries, known as solar-plus-storage, are increasingly popular as your excess power goes back into the grid if your not home during the day to use it. By having a battery store the energy your panels have generated, you can use this to of a night time when you’re using the most power.

Do my solar panels produce power when the sun isn’t shining?

The amount of power your solar energy system can generate is dependent on sunlight. As a result, your solar panels will produce slightly less energy when the weather is cloudy. Most of NSW experiences ideal weather for a solar system.

Will I still receive an electric bill if I have solar panels?

Unless your solar energy system includes battery storage and you are fully off the grid, you will still receive a bill from your Electricity supplier. However, you can dramatically reduce your bill, or even cut the amount you owe to almost $0, with a solar panel system that matches your energy use.

Do solar panels work in a blackout?

If your solar panel system is connected to the grid, it will shut down in the event of a blackout.  However, there are certain inverters you can buy that provide backup power in a blackout when paired with a battery.

Can I go off the grid with solar panels if I live in a remote area?

When you install solar panels on your property, you will still be connected to the grid. This allows you to draw from the grid when your system is not producing all of the power that you need, and send power back to the grid when you produce more than you use. It is possible to go off the grid with a solar energy system that includes battery storage, but it will cost significantly more and is unnecessary for the majority of homeowners.

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