What’s the difference between solar power and solar hot water?
You've probably heard of the terms 'solar PV system' and 'solar hot water system'. It’s important to understand the difference between the two, so you can choose the solar solution that works best for you.
What is a solar power system?
Solar power is electricity generated from the sun's energy. With a solar power system, photovoltaic (PV) panels harness sunlight to generate electricity. This power can then be used to power the appliances in your home, or fed back into the electricity grid. Learn more about how solar power works.
Solar power in action: Because a solar power system can help power your home, it could reduce the amount of electricity you need to draw from the grid. And less from the grid can mean less on your bill. And in some states, for every kWh of electricity in excess of what you use (that is fed into the grid), you could receive a feed-in tariff back.
What is solar hot water system?
A solar hot water system uses the sun's natural heat to increase or maintain the temperature of hot water in a tank. With solar hot water system the amount of gas or electricity that's normally used in this process is reduced, while still maintaining a hot shower for you. Learn more about solar hot water systems.
Solar hot water in action: With a solar hot water system, you can help reduce your energy bill, as heating water can be one of the largest parts of a customer’s energy consumption.
Whatever your solar solution is, the benefits of both work in your favour:
- A solar power system or solar hot water system could add value to your home.
- And with both, you’re doing your part to help the environment.