best time to use solar power
If you’re looking to maximise the value you’re getting from your solar panels, using your system properly is key. But depending on the type of system you have, the time of day, and whether you have solar batteries or not, your results can vary greatly.

The best time to use your solar energy is during the times of day when the sun is shining and your panels are receiving peak levels of sunlight. In Australia, this is usually from around 9am through to about 3pm, but can depend on all sorts of things such as the location of your home and the placement of your solar panels on your roof.

For example, if you’re in Melbourne, it could be sunny, raining, or anything in between during this time. It’s important to remember that even on cloudy days your panels will still be generating power, just at a slightly reduced rate. After all, it’s not the brightness of light that gives you power, but the quantity.

The big takeaway is this: Don’t be afraid to use your solar power during the day! You’re generating the most energy during the day, and right now with energy prices increasing, using it at the sunniest times of the day will ensure you get the most out of your panels.

Do solar tariffs and bonus schemes make a difference?

In some states, you can earn more money selling solar back to the grid than the cost of using power. While rare, especially with rising energy costs, if you’re in this situation the best thing you can do is use more power during the night and let your solar system sell as much power as possible to the grid.

However, if solar feed-in tariffs are low, using more power when your solar panels are generating power from (9am-3pm) is your best option.

What’s the best time to use solar power with a solar battery?

If you’ve got power stored in batteries it will automatically be used when your solar panels aren’t generating energy. So you don’t need to worry about using your solar power at the wrong time!

Whether you use more electricity during the day or at night, with batteries you’ll have access to clean solar power at all times.

How can I get more value out of my solar panels?

If you partnered with a reputable installer for your solar power system then your panels should already be generating as much value for you as possible. They should be installed in the location on your roof that gets the most sunlight, out of the shade of trees and buildings, and you should have high-quality parts for maximum efficiency. They should also be angled correctly to make the most of the day’s sunniest hours.

If your solar panels were installed a long time ago, there may be issues with efficiency. Solar panels naturally lose efficiency over time, plus dirt and grime can impact efficiency as well. Not to mention the fact that technology and installation techniques have improved a lot over time. Giving your system a refresh could help a lot in getting more out of solar.

If you’re unsure about the state of your solar power system, it might be worth getting an accredited solar installer or licensed electrical contractor in to service your system. Getting your solar system serviced every 12 months goes a long way to maintaining efficiency.

Call the Experts at Solar Galaxy

For more information on how to make the most of your solar power system, call the experts at Solar Galaxy. We can provide advice and assistance in getting your system running optimally, as well as regular maintenance services to ensure you get the best value from your panels. We can even install a brand new custom system for you using the latest technology, ensuring you get the most out of your solar system. Get in touch with us today!