How Solar Power Works

The solar journey.

The solar journey.

  1. Panel - captures
  2. Inverter - converts
  3. Meter - measures
  4. Grid - returns
Like all good things, using sunlight to power your home is actually quite simple. Firstly, your solar panels will capture sunlight and convert it directly into energy. An inverter then converts this energy into electricity you can use in your home. Some customers can also offset their bill if any extra energy is fed back into the grid – that’s the power of solar energy.

Solar seasonality in

  • Summer

    Stay cool in summer with solar. With an average of 7-8 hours of sunshine per day, your home can run efficiently with the opportunity to offset your bill.

  • Autumn

    With the warmer months behind us, autumn provides great conditions for solar energy. With an average of 6-7 hours of sunshine per day, there’s plenty of light to help power your home.

  • Winter

    Did you know New South Wales has more blue sky days in winter than in summer? So even though the days are a little shorter averaging 7 hours of sunshine, you can still power your home with solar.

  • Spring

    Solar loves spring. In fact, the cooler months provide better conditions for solar to be efficient and effective. Averaging 8 hours of daily sunshine, your home will enjoy all the benefits of this perfect solar season.

  • Summer

    Stay cool in summer with solar. With an average of 7-8 hours of sunshine per day, your home can run efficiently with the opportunity to offset your bill.

  • Autumn

    With the warmer months behind us, autumn provides great conditions for solar energy. With an average of 7 hours of sunshine per day, there’s plenty of light to help power your home.

  • Winter

    The days may be a little shorter averaging 7 hours of sunshine, however, our high quality panels are designed to harness maximum energy from the sun – even if the light isn’t as strong.

  • Spring

    Solar loves spring. In fact, the cooler months provide better conditions for solar to be efficient and effective. Averaging 8 hours of daily sunshine, your home will enjoy all the benefits of this perfect solar season.

  • Summer

    Stay cool in summer with solar. With an average of 8-10 hours of sunshine per day, your home can run efficiently with the opportunity to offset your bill.

  • Autumn

    With the warmer months behind us, autumn provides great conditions for solar energy. With an average of 5-8 hours of sunshine per day, there’s plenty of light to help power your home.

  • Winter

    The days may be shorter with an average of 5-6 hours of sunshine, however, our high quality panels have been designed to harness as much energy from the sun – even if it’s only out for a few hours.

  • Spring

    Solar loves spring. In fact, the cooler months provide better conditions for solar to be efficient and effective. Averaging 6-8 hours of daily sunshine, your home will enjoy all the benefits of this perfect solar season.

  • Summer

    Stay cool in summer with solar. With an average of 7-8 hours of sunshine per day, your home can run efficiently with the opportunity to offset your bill.

  • Autumn

    With the warmer months behind us, autumn provides great conditions for solar energy. With an average of 5-6 hours of sunshine per day, there’s plenty of light to help power your home.

  • Winter

    The days may be shorter with an average of 3-4 hours of sunshine, however, our high quality panels are designed to harness maximum energy from the sun – even if it’s only out for a few hours.

  • Spring

    Solar loves spring. In fact, the cooler months provide better conditions for solar to be efficient and effective. Averaging 5-7 hours of daily sunshine, your home will enjoy all the benefits of this perfect solar season.

Can I get solar?

http://www.bom.gov.au/watl/sunshine/

The evolution of solar energy.

From the realisation of the photovoltaic effect to the installation of solar panels on home roofs, solar energy is changing how we power our homes.
  1. 1941
    Russell Ohl invented the solar cell, shortly after the invention of the transistor.
  2. 1954
    Scientists from Bell Labs (NY, USA) created the modern solar battery made from silicon. This solar cell was used to power a toy Ferris wheel.
  3. 2011
    More than half a million household PV solar systems were installed across Australia.
  4. 2015
    AGL continues to be Australia’s largest private investor, operator and developer of renewable energy generation.

AGL solar is smarter solar.

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