Fun fact – the first solar-powered calculators were invented in 1978.
According to NASA, the photoelectric effect was first noted by a French physicist, Edmund Bequerel, in 1839, who found that certain materials would produce small amounts of electric current when exposed to light. In 1905, Albert Einstein described the nature of light and the photoelectric effect on which photovoltaic technology is based, for which he later won a Nobel prize in physics. The first photovoltaic module was built by Bell Laboratories in 1954.
In Australia, Solar panels have been installed on the rooftops of buildings since the 1970’s, with more businesses than ever choosing solar as a way to hedge their electricity costs. As of 31 March 2018, there are over 1.84 million PV installations in Australia, with a combined capacity of over 7.8 gigawatts, safely and reliably delivering clean electricity across Australia.
Businesses with solar systems are able to use the energy generated to offset the cost of electricity from the grid. Depending on the the business’ usage profile and potential system size, solar solutions can save customers up to 50% of their electricity costs.
Solar PV converts light from the sun into electricity. The sun shines on solar panels, generating “DC” (Direct Current) electricity. The electricity is fed into a solar inverter that converts into “AC” (Alternating Current) electricity. The AC electricity is used to power your business.
Green Peak Energy only use panels from reputable suppliers like Canadian Solar, Trina or LG and the final design will be based on Green Peak’s analysis of your business requirements.
Depending on the preferred system design for your business, we will use either a string inverter, which covers the entire system, or micro-inverter’s which are installed per panel. Both have pro’s and cons but as Green Peak own and operate the system, we have a vested interest in ensuring you have the best system for your business.
Green Peak’s Solar PV panels are generally fitted on the roof in a northerly direction and at a 10-degree angle to maximise the amount of sunlight that hits the panels. The panel layout will optimise sunlight from 9 am to 3 pm every day, for the most efficient use of the system.
We will also make sure the system is monitored and maintained to ensure the panels are working properly and are kept clean and free from dirt, dust or damage. Shading or dirt on just one of the cells in a solar panel can cause a loss of power from many cells, not just the one that is covered, leading to a loss of energy generated by those cells.
Because we sell the electricity generated by the cells to the customer we want to make sure all panels are working efficiently at all times, which is great for your business as you get all the benefits of solar, with none of the responsibility for it’s operation.
Why Solar PV
Increased efficiencies in solar PV and inverter technology
Reliable, proven method of generating renewable energy
High Australian solar irradiation characteristics and highly predictable electricity generation forecasting
Increasing energy cost and high customer pricing
Top tier technology and world-class installation partners
Ability to immediately reduce electricity costs
Strong tenant demand for renewable energy
Easily upgradeable technology platform