Solar panels and solar panel installation

Solar panels, also known as “Solar PV” or “Solar Electricity Modules” are a vital part of solar energy systems. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to capture and use solar electricity for your home. Harness clean, renewable energy from the sun with an Origin home solar system today.

Solar panels and solar panel installation

Solar panels, also known as “Solar PV” or “Solar Electricity Modules” are a vital part of solar energy systems. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to capture and use solar electricity for your home.

Harness clean, renewable energy from the sun with an Origin home solar system today.

How many solar panels do I need?

The number of solar panels you need depend on the quality of each solar panel and your energy needs.

Having installed over 1.6 million solar panels around Australia to date, our experts can help you pick the right solar systems and determine how many solar panels you might need.


Efficient and reliable solar panels

Discover Origin’s range of solar panel brands and the manufacturers we stand behind. We’ve drawn on over a decade of experience to bring you the solar panels best suited to generate solar savings in Australian conditions.

Get $1,000 off any Origin solar system 6kW and above! Offer ends 30 June 2022. *T&Cs apply.


JA Solar 390W panel

Great green energy without the fuss

JA 390W solar panel

Available in our Advantage and Premium packages.

  • 390W maximum power output
  • 20.9% average module efficiency
  • 12 year product warranty
  • 25 year linear power output warranty

Trina Solar 400W panel

Small in size but big on power

Trina 330W solar panel

Available in our Premium Plus package.

  • 405W maximum power output
  • 21.1% average module efficiency
  • 15 year product warranty
  • 25 year linear power output warranty

Origin has installed over 1.6 million solar panels in Australia

Home solar panels and PV systems

Want to know more about choosing and installing solar panels for your home? Our experts shed some light on solar panels and answer some of the most commonly asked solar questions.

How do solar panels work?

Solar panels, or solar PVs, are made up of units called solar cells AKA ‘photovoltaic cells’. High purity silicon is used to make most solar cells, which acts as a semiconductor.

When sunlight passes through a few layers of silicon, the photons from sunlight knocks electrons free from atoms, which generates an electrical charge. Just think of solar panels like a sandwich.

  • The top layer of silicon will have phosphorus mixed into it to give it more electrons, which gives it a negative charge.
  • The bottom layer of silicon will contain boron to produces fewer electrons, which gives it a positive charge. 
  • The positive and negative charges create an electric field in the middle layer.

When sunlight hits this electric field, photons knock the electrons from the field and send them to wires on the edge of panels. The wires feed to an inverter which then turns these electrons into a form of electricity which powers your home. 

What happens next?

The solar panels collect the energy, and the inverter changes that energy into an energy form that can be used in your home. But that’s not all there is to a home solar system.

  1. Solar panels capture sunlight and convert it into direct current (DC).
  2. A solar inverter then converts direct current (DC) output from your solar panels into alternating current (AC) to power your appliances.
  3. If you install a solar battery, you can store unused energy generated by your solar panels for you to use when the sun isn’t shining.
  4. Any excess energy is pushed out to the grid. It’s measured and your feed-in tariff (FIT) is calculated and credited to your account.
  5. Your energy use and habits are easily tracked with a digital meter. You can keep track of your energy self-sufficiency through the Origin app.
How do I buy solar panels for my home?

To purchase a new solar panel system, inverters or batteries from Origin, you’ll need to request a solar quote.

One of our experts will get in touch with you and assist you in finding the correct size, placement and package for your specific property and energy needs.

Are there solar panel rebates or discounts?

Yes – Origin offers and government rebates are regularly updated – so be sure to check out all the latest promotions and solar rebates available to you. Find great deals in your state here.

What’s the best placement for solar panels?

Making sure your solar panels operate as efficiently as possible helps you get the best out of your solar system. Besides the number of solar panels, its location and roof direction, you’ll also need to consider the tilt of the panel and its azimuth (which is its horizontal angle relative to north).

Our solar experts will design a system that best suits your roof – with a panel layout that takes into account your roof’s natural tilt and azimuth. This ensures the there’s an ideal amount of sun hitting the panel and optimises your energy outputs, which results in even greater savings in the long-term. Learn more about solar panel positioning.

What if the sun isn’t shining?

Given most Australians enjoy an abundance of sunshine throughout the year, we’re blessed with perfect conditions for solar as an energy source. Of course there are times (including at night) when the sun isn’t always shining and your system can’t generate electricity – but there’s a solution at hand.

With a solar battery like the LG Chem RESU or Tesla Powerwall 2, you can effectively store excess energy generated from your solar panels during the day and use it at night. Find out more about solar battery storage here.

What if the sun isn’t shining?

Given most Australians enjoy an abundance of sunshine throughout the year, we’re blessed with perfect conditions for solar as an energy source.

Of course there are times (including at night) when the sun isn’t always shining and your system can’t generate electricity – but there’s a solution at hand.

With a solar battery like the Tesla Powerwall or LG Chem Resu, you can effectively store excess energy generated from your solar panels during the day and use it at night. Find out more about solar battery storage here.

Is it difficult to maintain solar panels?

With our help – no. Our team of technicians have more than a decade of experience of installing and maintaining solar systems in Australia. When you choose Origin solar you’re not just choosing quality equipment and expert installation, you’re also getting peace of mind with extensive product and workmanship warranties.

We also offer additional maintenance, cleaning, and repair options, so you can rest easy knowing your system is operating effectively long into the future.

Is it difficult to maintain solar panels?

With our help – no. Our team of technicians have more than a decade of experience of installing and maintaining solar systems in Australia.

When you choose Origin solar you’re not just choosing quality equipment and expert installation, you’re also getting peace of mind with extensive product and workmanship warranties.

We also offer additional maintenance, cleaning, and repair options, so you can rest easy knowing your system is operating effectively long into the future.

Want to know more?

Estimate your solar savings

Want to know how much you could save on your electricity bills? Enter a few details into our online solar savings calculator to find out.


Find great deals in your state

Don’t miss huge savings on solar panels and solar packages! Check out all the latest offers and rebates available to you.


Our best and brightest solar plan

Sign up to our Solar Boost Plus plan and lock in our highest feed-in tariff rate. Available for 24 months when you buy an Origin solar system.


Want to know more?

Estimate your solar savings

Want to know how much you could save on your electricity bills? Enter a few details into our online solar savings calculator to find out.

Find great deals in your state

Don’t miss huge savings on solar panels and solar packages! Check out all the latest offers and rebates available to you.

Our best and brightest solar plan

Sign up to our Solar Boost Plus plan and lock in our highest feed-in tariff rate. Available for 24 months when you buy an Origin solar system.

Make a good change with Origin solar

Our experts can help you find the right solar package, products and energy plan to suit your home and lifestyle.

Want to know more?

Our best and brightest solar plan

Sign up to our Solar Boost Plus plan and lock in our highest feed-in tariff rate. Available for 24 months when you buy an Origin solar system.

Get set up in 5 easy steps

How do you go from ordering a solar system to making savings? Read about our solar installation process here.

Discover Origin Loop

Be part of our intelligent network of solar batteries with Origin Loop. Learn more about our virtual power plant and how it could benefit you.

Make a good change
with Origin solar

Our experts can help you find the right solar package, products and energy plan to suit your home and lifestyle.

Have a question? Find Help & Support online anytime or call 1300 791 468 (Monday to Friday, between 8 am and 7 pm)


Important information

* $1,000 OFF selected solar packages

ACT, NSW, QLD, SA and VIC: A $1,000 (inc GST) discount off our RRP is available to residential customers on any Origin solar system 6kW and above. Discounts will be applied to quotes requested between 1 February to 30 June 2022. Customers must proceed with eligible quote before quote expiry to receive the discount. Not available in conjunction with any other offers. All prices include GST and small-scale technology certificates (STCs). The system purchased must be eligible for STCs and you must assign the rights to the STCs to us.