Solar photovoltaic (PV) energy is the conversion of radiant sunlight directly into electricity utilising photovoltaic cells. PV cells are placed in series within solar modules (panels) to provide an output of direct current (DC) which is then converted to alternating current (AC) through a solar inverter.
Solar PV is utilised extensively on residential, commercial rooftop applications and large scale renewable energy generation (solar farms) plants.
Australia has the highest proportion of households with roof top solar PV, but ranks behind other developed nations in large scale renewable energy generation plants such as solar PV farms.
Australia has over 6000 megawatts (MW) of combined solar generation resources installed as of 2017, placing us ninth in the world in terms of cumulative solar PV capacity.
Australia’s low average rainfall and higher than average solar irradiance makes it an ideal location for solar PV energy generation.