Why Origin?

We don't just install solar systems, we help tailor a solution to suit you. And we've been doing this for years. Find out how.

Why Origin?

Feed-in tariffs

Understand feed-in tariffs and what happens when your system generates excess power and sends it to the grid.

Feed-in tariffs

Articles and testimonials

Find out more about life with solar, and hear from our happy customers about their solar journey with us.

Articles and testimonials

How does solar power work?

There's a lot to consider before going solar. First, it's important to understand how solar power works and how sunshine is converted into electricity.

How solar works

1. Solar panels

capture sunlight during the day and convert it into Direct Current (DC).

2. Inverter

receives that direct current from the panels and converts it into Alternate Current (AC – the electricity you use in your home). You use this electricity when you need it, and send any excess back to the grid or to a battery storage system.

3. Battery storage

means any excess energy your system generates can be stored for use later even when the sun is not shining. When the battery is fully charged, you can send the excess energy back to the grid (step 5).

4. Digital meter

measures your electricity use and can tell you more about your energy habits.

5. Power grid

receives any excess energy you generate, and a feed-in tariff can allow you to get a credit on your bill for that excess electricity. You can also draw the extra electricity back from the grid if your system does not generate enough.


It's easy to see why so many Australians have already chosen to go with solar.

Reduced electricity bills

When you have solar, you're generating your own energy instead of buying it from the grid, which can mean smaller energy bills and big savings.

Low maintenance 

Once your system is installed, it doesn't take much to ensure your solar panels are always working at their full potential.

Reduced emissions

Renewable energy sources like solar can reduce your home's greenhouse gas emissions and help the environment.

Feed-in tariffs and rebates

When your solar panels generate more electricity than you need, you can send it to the power grid and may get a credit on your bill in the form of a feed-in tariff.

Any disadvantages?

Solar energy offers a lot of potential, but a downside is it only generates power when the sun is out. To help make the most of the power you generate, a battery can allow you to store excess energy you produce, so you can use it later in the day. And for the times when you draw power from the grid, you can get further value by choosing one of Origin's energy plans.

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