- By Amanda Pelligra
- Published 02/11/2012
Australia is becoming one of the pioneer nations when it comes to use of Solar Energy though still a lot needs to be done. The combination of Australia’s dry climate and latitude give it a high potential for solar energy production. Most of the Australian continent receives in excess of 4 kWh per square metre per day of insolation during winter months, with a region in the north exceeding 6 kWh/day. Australia’s insolation greatly exceeds the average values in Europe, Russia, and most of North America. Comparable levels are found in desert areas of northern and southern Africa, south western United States and adjacent area of Mexico, and regions on the Pacific coast of South America. However, the areas of Australia with highest insolation are in the interior, away from population centres. There are many different advantages of solar power related to using solar energy on a large and small scale. You are able to produce solar power for your home through increasingly easier and cheaper methods related to this natural energy source. One of the main advantages of a solar power system for your home is the lack of pollution given off by solar panels when generating electricity. The only pollution you could associate with a solar power cell would be the production of the cell, and transportation of the cell until it reaches your home, then maybe the use of electricity to power the tools needed while your panel is installed and maintained.
nother advantage of solar energy is that the energy source (the sun) is completely renewable unlike the source which is probably generating your current power supply. Advantages of solar energy also include the ability to harness power in remote locations. This has proved a very important advantage of solar power in order to bring electricity to some of the most remote places on earth. A home solar power system can make a huge difference to mountain communities where it may be hard to construct power lines in order to reach such areas. Newer technologies have enabled us to store the solar electricity we harness though the use of solar power battery chargers. This is a huge advantage of why you should integrate solar power to influence your home power supply. On the disadvantages side, initial investment of solar panels is quickly seen as a disadvantage. But even this is a small price to pay when you realize the savings you could make over the coming months and years on your electricity bill. Apart from this the only second disadvantage is that your solar panels cannot create electricity when the sun is not available.
“Solar Credits” is the name given to the Australian government’s latest solar subsidy for homeowners, businesses and community groups. It was passed into law on 20th August 2009. It subsides the cost of installing a Solar Power System and unlike the scheme before it (which was means-tested at a household income of $100,000) this subsidy is not means tested in any way. This way one can take care of the first disadvantage gets taken care of.