Solar Panels Alternative Electricity Source for Australia
The usage of solar panels is the best alternative electricity source in many rural parts of Australia. There is an estimated 300 MW of installed photovoltaic power in Australia (as of September 2010) and this is increasing exponentially. Australia has a hot, dry and sunny climate which is perfect for solar PV panel utilisation. Most parts of Australia receive in excess of 4 KWh per square meter per day & the areas that have highest insulation are in the interior away from the population centers.
Solar panels companies keep on developing and improving the Photovoltaic (solar electric power) technology to ensure that it has become much more efficient and affordable for consumers. Australia has been one of the countries whose government is strongly supporting their people to make the switch to solar panels. This push towards solar energy was begun by providing a program that gave rebates up to $8,000 to homes and community centers to switch to solar panels. This has now been replaced by a fairer and more effective scheme where the rebates are higher with the larger size system that you install.
Solar panels are the funny looking mirrors you see on your neighborhood roofs. These grid like mirrors collect energy from the sun and then converts it into either heat or electricity. Solar energy is turned from its starting DC energy into the AC power which people can use to run their appliances or heat their homes via an inverter. That is how the solar panels work and they provide a clean renewable energy source that is essential for us to harness in greater and greater amounts.
We been hugely dependent on fossil fuels and natural gas to power our appliances and provide heat to our homes since industrialization began and these fossil fuels have been damaging our environment for a very long time now. It is our need & our responsibility to search for a viable alternative source of energy that we can easily access every day every day, so we can stop damaging our planet & reduce our dependence on finite & increasingly more expensive dirty fuel sources. By using renewable energy sources like solar panels we can all help lower the damaging global carbon footprint & save money at the same time.
So it is a very good thing that Australian government is making so much effort to help their people to switch to solar panels. In different Australian States the local governments have ongoing and some completed projects for large scale solar power generation. One example is in Victoria, where the Mildura Solar Concentrator Power Station is expected to be the biggest and most efficient solar photovoltaic power station in Australia.
It is expected to cost $905 million and generate enough electricity directly from the sun to meet the annual needs of over 45,000 homes. The power station will concentrate the sun by 500 times onto the solar cells to create ultra high power output.
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