The South Australian government strongly supports solar energy across the state with numerous government funded solar installations up to 1MW. These large scale solar power systems can be found in areas including the Adelaide Showground, Airport, State Library, Art Gallery, Parliament House and Museum.
Solar electricity is a common renewable energy technology that is used to transform sunlight into electricity through photovoltaic cells. A number of these photovoltaic cells can be arranged in a group to form a solar PV panel.
Grid connected solar systems are a common form of solar power used in Australia. This means that the photovoltaic system is connected to the power grid to ensure that households will always have access to power, even when the sun is not up. Grid connected solar systems may also allow you to sell excess electricity back to the electricity provider.
Other applications of solar energy include stand-alone solar power systems which are not connected to a power grid and use batteries to store the electricity generated by the solar panels, as well as solar hot water which uses solar panels, boosting system and a storage tank to heat up water.
For more information on solar energy in South Australia, refer to the Government of South Australia website.