NOVEMBER CHALLENGE: RURAL SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS
Academic – Dr Jose Bilbao, Lecturer, UNSW Photovoltaic and Renewable Engineer.
Australia’s dry climate and sunny weather make solar energy a beneficial renewable power source. Today over 2.15 million solar systems have been installed in Australian homes producing 4.2% of Australia’s energy needs!
The particular benefit of solar energy systems is its diverse range of applications, from powering handheld calculators to supplementing power in residential homes. Often small-scale solar systems are used ‘off-grid’ (meaning not connected to the main power supply), to supply power in rural and hard to reach areas.