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Common Misconceptions about Solar Electricity in Australia

Solar power system has been slowly but steadily making inroads in Australia with a spike in its recent consumption to about 8% in 2012 from around 2.3% in 2011. Encouraged by government policies and concerns about climate change, energy independence and economic stimulus, the country has made strident moves towards increasing the generation of renewable energy.

While in 2006, less than 4% of electricity generation was from renewable sources namely: Hydro Energy, Wind, Bio Energy, Solar, Geothermal and Marine, it has now increased  to about 9.6% in September 2011, and to about 13.14% over the year ending December 2012.

Location and solar power potential

Geographically located in the southern hemisphere, Australia has a vastly dry climate and receives much solar power even in winter days. Hence, it has vast growth potential in the solar energy market. The government has also been supporting the market with steady rebate programs, implementation tariffs and subsidy funding programmes.

Misconceptions about solar electricity

Solar electricity is the cleanest, greenest, non-depletable and easiest to generate. However, despite the several government initiatives and policies, people need more encouragement to install and utilise these units which will also make them more self-reliable in terms of their energy production and consumption. There are some common misconceptions that persist about solar electricity.

Solar power works only in sunny weather

Solar panels are said to generate electricity from light and not heat. Therefore, it is always possible to absorb the energy needed to generate power even in winter months.