What is Solar Power?

Sunlight is an incredible source of energy for earth. Solar power is the technology used to harness the sun's energy and make it useable. Today, the technology produces less than one tenth of one percent of global energy demand.

Australia leads the world in household solar panel installations. By 2016 more than one in seven Australian households had installed solar PV. This is a 16.5 per cent penetration rate across all Australian households.

Solar energy has recently been reinvented in Australia with the introduction of the Tesla Powerwall home battery. Before solar battery storage options, extra energy from the sun was sent straight back through the grid or wasted altogether. Now solar owners can take charge of the sun's energy, day and night.

How Solar Power Works

Photons (sun light) are absorbed by the solar panels on your roof. The silicon wafers and the conductors (metal strips) that make up the solar panels, convert the photons into Direct Current (DC) electricity. This DC electricity cannot be used in your home and therefore needs to be converted to an Alternating Current (AC), which is done by an inverter. The energy that is created can be used to power your appliances, fed back into the grid or stored for later use.

How Solar Works Video

Would you like to know more about solar enery and the ways in which in can benefit you? Watch the video to gain a better understanding of how the sun's power is truly harnessed and turned into a pure form of energy.

Tesla Powerwall Explainer Video

The next evolution in energy solutions naturally comes from a name synonymous with the very cutting edge in technology. Watch the video to learn how Tesla is leading the way to smarter power.

Frequently Asked Questions

We answer your most common questions about Solar solutions.  

Your Financial Investment

The solar benefits and long-term return on investment that come with making the switch to solar are undeniable, but there is still a level of upfront financial investment to consider. This financial consideration is particularly important, with energy costs set to rise exponentially in the future. 

Smart Monitoring 

You are already using mobile apps to access your favorite music, movies, and even to find out when the next train is. We’ve made managing your energy just as easy. Find out how to directly manage and regulate your home’s power usage from any device connected to the web.

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Calculate Your Solar Savings

With so much sunshine freely available to us in Australia, no one should have to be dependent on expensive power brought from the grid. Solar energy helps you take control, reduce your energy bills and carbon footprint. Use our simple calculator below to see how much you can save with a Bradford Solar solution. Note: Updated savings calculator coming April 2017. 

Your Bradford Solar System

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*Est. savings over 10 years: $15000
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^System savings are approximate only and will vary depending on actual installation details and usage profile. Contact Bradford Solar for further details. *Assuming avg electricity inflation of 4%pa. +Estimated system cost does not include travel charges for non-metro installations and any non-standard items. Powerwall 6.4kWh savings only. 

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