Solar panels are used in homes throughout New South Wales, including Newcastle, Nambucca Heads, Taree, Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour. There are many different types and systems to choose from. You need to take into account the amount of available sunlight, your energy consumption, when you mostly use power, and what you are really wanting to get out of solar installation in your home. Price is not the only thing to consider.

Solar panels convert sunlight into electricity. There are three main types. All have distinct advantages and disadvantages.


These solar panels have a high efficiency rating and performance. They look great but have a higher cost than other types of panels. The cells of monocrystalline solar panels are cut from a single pure crystal of silicon.


These solar panels have a lower performance and efficiency and the outlay to buy them is comparatively less compared to other types. The solar cells in these panels are created from fragments of silicon crystals. These are melted together into a mould before they are cut into wafers.

Both of the above types of solar panels are made of cells created with silicon wafers. To build a panel of this type the wafers are assembled into rows and columns to form a rectangle. They are then covered with glass and framed together.

Thin Film

Thin film solar panels are portable and flexible, lightweight and are aesthetically pleasing. They have the lowest efficiency of all the three types and so are best suited to those who do not use a lot of electricity and / or only want a basic solar system. Thin film solar panel systems are crated from many different types of materials. The most predominant type of material used is cadmium telluride (CdTe).

To make this type of thin-film solar panel a layer of CdTe is placed between transparent conducting layers which help to capture sunlight. A glass layer is placed on top of the cells for protection. Amorphous silicon (a-Si) is also a product that can be made to use thin film solar panels. This material is similar in composition to monocrystalline and polycrystalline panels. They are created with non crystalline silicon which is place on top of metal, plastic, or glass.

Another popular type of thin film technology used in solar installation is copper indium gallium selenide (CIGs). These patterns have all four elements inserted between two conductive layers of aluminium, steel, plastic, or glass. Electrons are placed on the material to capture the electrical currents.


Different panels can have different watt outputs for the same number of modules. This comes down to the quality and purity of the silicon that is achieved during the manufacturing process. There are different methods for improving the quality of the silicon and productivity of the panels. These processes add cost to the solar system.

Points to Consider When Choosing Solar

The panels alone are not the only thing to consider when it comes to solar. Consider these points before making a decision.

Choose Professional Installers

Ensure that your system is supplied and installed by experienced solar installers. Get checkable references.

Always Energy are known in Newcastle, Nambucca Heads, Taree, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour and surrounding areas for their expertise, product knowledge, friendliness, professionalism, and exceptional service. Nothing is too much trouble.

How Much Room Do You Have?

If you have limited space on your roof, or only part of your roof receives direct sunlight, we recommend that you purchase more efficient panels. Although this can add cost to the initial install it will help you get closer to the optimal system size and give you the best value for money in most cases.

Always Energy are a highly experienced team of solar installers. We use only the best in solar systems, and our attention to detail, workmanship and customer care is second to none. All of our products have a full warranty. Our team service Newcastle, Nambucca Heads, Taree, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour and surrounding areas. Contact us for an obligation free quote today. 

Solar panels are as popular as ever and there are many benefits to installing them on your roof. Newcastle, Nambucca Heads, Port Macquarie, Taree, Coffs Harbour and surrounds are great areas for solar. According to an ABC report these regions have increased their summer by 48 days, meaning they get a lot of sunlight. And while the sun is out your solar panels are busy creating electricity for your home meaning you are saving money!  Here are some of the benefits:

Clean Energy

When the sun shines, solar panels convert sunlight into direct current (DC) electricity. The solar inverter converts the electricity into alternative current (AC) so that you can use it in your home. You are using a natural resource to power your home rather than using electricity directly from the grid.

If there is excess energy that is not used this electricity is utilised to charge a solar battery or is sent back to the electricity grid. A smart meter is provider so that you can check the generation of your solar energy, as well as your consumption and exported electricity.

All of the systems at Always Energy are installed by Clean Energy Council accredited installers. We are also fully insured to give you complete peace of mind.

Save Money

Once installed our quality solar system draws energy from the sun which goes to the grid. You are using electricity that is created from the solar panels which saves you money. Your electricity bill is significantly reduced.

The solar panels provided by Always Energy are tier one quality solar systems. We have a range of different sizes and types of solar systems for you to choose from. You get a value for money system that saves you on electricity your electricity bill long term. Any excess energy is sold back to the electricity company so you can even make a profit or be in credit some quarters, depending on the days of sun in the billing period, and your electricity usage.

Factors that affect the size of your electricity bill include the site, location, and quality of your solar panel system. How much electricity you use, and how and when you use electricity affects your bill when you have solar. The total of your bill also differs depending on which energy provider you are with.

There are government incentives for installing solar presently. Our team can give you more information.

Environmentally Friendly

Using solar panels reduces your carbon footprint, and that of the wider community. Your electricity is all naturally generated. The solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, also called solar panels, capture the sunlight and convert it into electricity. This reduces your need for electricity from the grid. Choosing renewable energy helps to protect the planet.

Add Value to Your Home

Having solar panels not only makes your home more saleable if you decide to sell, it increases the value of your property. You save money while you are living in the property, and your home will be valued at a higher price which is ideal if you wish to sell or refinance. Buyers will pay a premium for homes with solar installed. Sometimes buyers really appreciate a ready to move in home. They can find additional value in a home that has solar already installed.

Quick to Install

Compared to other forms of home and workplace renovation, solar installation is relatively inexpensive. Install can often be done in a day, and the process is generally non disruptive.


Always Energy is your local team of solar designers and installers for home, workplace and off the grid properties. Our staff are highly specialised and trained in all things solar, and we take pride in our customer service and care. We can customise a solution to meet your needs. If you are looking for solar for your home in Newcastle, Nambucca Heads, Port Macquarie, Taree, Coffs Harbour and surrounding areas of New South Wales contact us for a free quote today.