We all know renewable energy is the way forward. And if you want to do your bit for the environment as well as your wallet, talking to AGL about installing solar could be the answer, because offer many benefits. How does solar energy work? Solar panels, also known as photovoltaic panels (PV panels), convert sunlight into energy. This energy is then converted into electricity using an inverter. The electricity either powers your home energy needs or can be fed back into the grid. How solar can reduce your energy bills Installing solar energy can help reduce your energy bills in two key ways: You’re generating power yourself, therefore you’re reducing the amount of power you need to buy off the grid. You could be entitled to a tariff for any excess power you sell back to the grid. The key environmental benefits of solar AGL uses solar panels which are high quality, efficient and long lasting. Any energy used to manufacture or install the system is typically paid back many times over with the energy it produces over its lifetime. And, once installed, solar energy does not produce any greenhouse gas emissions. The costs of solar energy There is an initial outlay to install solar energy (either electricity or hot water). However, you may find these establishment costs are covered by the savings you make over time in energy costs. If you pay up-front you start saving immediately. Paying upfront for a solar power system or interest free finance may not be suitable for everyone. AGL does have a solar smart plan which features the benefits of solar for $0 upfront, with low, long term solar energy rates. AGL will also guarantee the minimum amount of solar energy production and maintain the system. And, depending on where you live, if you feed excess electricity back into the grid you could be entitled to a credit. There are also government incentives available for installing renewable energy like solar, including the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES). AGL is Australia’s largest non-government owner and operator of renewable energy assets. And when it comes to solar energy we don’t believe one size fits all. We provide expert advice and tailor solar solutions specifically for you that take into account your particular property, energy consumption and your budget. Visit our solar energy page to find out how we can tailor a solar solution for your property or to enquire about a free quote. Or, you can always call us on 1300 377 118.