Stand-alone or grid-connected electricity
generation from solar power. Suitable for domestic, residential
commercial and industrial applications.
Stand-alone systems are individually designed
for each application using software developed by the BCSE
(Australian Business Council for Sustainable Energy). Systems
typically incorporate solar panels, batteries, inverter/charger,
petrol or diesel back-up generator, and data logging. On
appropriate sites, a Soma wind generator will be included. They are
often fully automatic systems requiring very little maintenance.
RECs (Renewable Energy Certificates) are also available to help
offset the cost of these systems.
Grid-connected systems are simpler, requiring
very little design effort. The size of these systems is determined
by the desired amount of electricity to be offset and the
cost of investment. Most State Governments in Australia now have a
Feed-in-Tariff, which means they pay a premium price to the owner
for the solar power produced from their system. RECs are also
available to help offset the cost of these systems.
Information last verified 18th