The price of solar lights has plummeted in recent years, but there’s still a lot of room for improvement in terms of efficiency, security and cost.
The Australian Solar Industry Association says that solar lighting systems, which can power an area up to three times their normal area, can now be purchased in a range of sizes, shapes and colours.
Here’s how to choose the right model for your house.
1:20 Solar lighting system prices Solar systems are often cheaper than the conventional electric lights, but that can be a major barrier to installation.
Solar lights are often smaller and more efficient than conventional LEDs, but they are not as light-weight or powerful.
The Solar Industry Assoc is urging industry leaders to develop more energy-efficient solar systems.
“There are a lot more options now than there were five or ten years ago, which means there’s more potential for solar energy to be produced at lower cost,” the association’s executive director, Nick Kwan, said.
How to choose a solar light system The industry’s key factors for choosing a solar system include the size, shape and colour of the light. “
This is good news for the industry, because we’ve seen the industry transition from being a high-cost market to being more affordable, with the price going down and with the efficiency of solar lighting increasing.”
How to choose a solar light system The industry’s key factors for choosing a solar system include the size, shape and colour of the light.
A traditional light source is best, as the size of the beam can influence how much light is reflected.
But there are also cheaper options available.
“Solar is cheap now, so you can have the light that is more efficient for your home, more efficient to store energy, and the light is also more energy efficient than the existing energy efficiency of your lighting,” Mr Kwan said.
The biggest advantage of the solar lighting is the efficiency.
“It’s much cheaper, which is great, because that’s why solar is the most cost-effective option,” Mr Sugg said.
That’s because it is a relatively simple design to manufacture, meaning there is less risk of damaging the equipment, and that is important in the long term.
It’s a combination of these two factors that has helped the solar industry to become more efficient, with solar lights having a longer lifespan.
It is also possible to use a smaller light source to produce light at a lower cost, since a smaller beam has less energy efficiency.
2:12 Solar energy is more affordable in the UK It’s worth noting that, while the price of power is dropping, there is still a significant amount of capacity that is left to be filled.
“Our UK solar market is a huge market, and there is plenty of room to grow,” Mr Gartrell said.
“[It’s] the only place where you can get a very good return on investment.”
The association estimates that solar light systems can now provide about $300 to $500 per watt in Australia.
Solar power in Australia currently costs $60 a kilowatt hour.
The association recommends that solar systems be built in houses with a lot, but not all, of the energy needs, with smaller systems able to be used in smaller homes.
“As the price drops, so will the demand for our systems,” Mr Pugh said.