As the peak body representing Australia’s Clean Energy sector, the Clean Energy Council (CEC) has published numerous clean energy fact sheets to explain the different types of clean energy further. These include wind, solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, solar hot water, hydro, bioenergy, geothermal and marine energy.
As explained simply, solar photovoltaic power works when light from the sun hits solar panels. The photons hitting electrons causes the electrons on the solar panels to flow between the N type and P type layers of silicon, causing electricity to be created.
A solar power system can generate electricity when there is solar radiation available. With Australia having the highest average solar radiation than any other continent in the world, Australia has a great potential to adopting a significantly larger amount of solar panels on rooftops across the country.
For more information on the fact sheets, refer to the CEC website.