Solar Education Series

On this page you will find our video library offering a new series of educational videos about the basics of How Solar Works & indepth overviews of Solar Panel, Solar Inverter, Solar Storage & Product specific education – all whilst also getting to know Johnathan Thurston along the way.

Johnathan Thurston Says Hello – Video Series #1

It’s with a great deal of pride that Instyle Solar have partnered with Rugby League legend, Johnathan Thurston. JT is on board for a multi-year partnership as our first official Brand Ambassador and sustainability & savings advocate. Watch the intro video to hear why JT joined Instyle – directly from the man himself!

How Solar Works – Video Series #2

How solar works can sometimes be a little confusing, but we don’t think it should be. Watch our video on how solar works for a simple explanation and learn even more on our solar energy explained page.

More Instyle Solar & Johnathan Thurston Videos

We’ve produced a number of videos in our time, with many others to come in the Jonathan Thurston Education Series for 2021. For now, we trust you will enjoy [and learn a little something!] from this suite below. As we underwent a rebrand in Jan 2021, some of our videos do feature our old colour scheme [don’t be confused – it’s still us!].

Educational Articles

Micro-inverters vs DC optimisers

Solar installers and homeowners have more options when it comes to their solar system design. In this article we discuss micro-inverters vs DC optimisers.

Clean Energy Council Approved Solar Retailer

In Australia, we have a number of governing bodies which determine the safety, ethics and regulatory practices that need to be adhered to in the Australian Solar industry. One of the biggest is the Australian Clean Energy Council (CEC). They…

Why you should never buy cheap solar

It’s a common question in the solar industry – what’s the right price to be paying for a solar system? Well, the answer is not that simple. Pricing a system to suit your own personal home’s condition & electrical requirements, designing…

How solar can increase the value of your property

Recent data from PRD Nationwide and the Queensland University of Technology reveals sustainable homes outperform other property types come “sale” day. The median sale price of a ‘green’ home is 10 per cent higher and on average, sustainable homes sell 13 days faster…

Who is the greenest generation?

Young people are often dubbed the “green generation” – taking to the streets for action on climate change and championing environmental values. Yet, it is older millennials and their parents who are most likely to act in support of the environment and reduce their carbon footprint…

How to read your solar inverter

For homeowners who have taken the leap and switched to Solar Power, there are many things to understand about your new equipment and mini-power station on the roof. One of the most common calls we receive…

What are the best solar panels?

While the technology powering solar may seem straight-forward, when you start to dig a little deeper, you may find yourself delving into a pandora box of options, brands, and complex technical terms. The reality is, not all solar panels are created equal…

All you need to know about the Fronius Smart Meter

Fronius is a very popular brand when it comes to inverters, however, they also manufacture one of the industry’s best energy meter. The Fronius Energy metre works alongside the Fronius Inverter in a PV Solar System. Fronius offers…

How microgrids are reshaping Australia’s energy supply

Once the poster child for fossil fuels, gas and oil, theAustralian National University renewable energy in Australia is growing at a per capita rate ten times faster than the world average. But as energy utilities race to renewables, a new problem arises…

All you need to know about LG Chem Compatible Inverters

The LG Chem solar batteries are designed with Lithium-ion technology and have the capabilities to suit a large range of options for different markets. LG Chem grid-scale solutions offer amazing features at grid-scale…

How to clean your solar panels

The solar panels’ performance is entirely related to a set of environmental factors: solar radiation, humidity, temperature, shade, wind speed and more. Another element that deeply influences the performance of an array is soiling…

How to do your energy efficiency audit

Audit. It’s not a pretty word. For many of us, just the thought of it brings on a case of anxiety that a cup of tea and a good lie down simply cannot fix. It conjures images of the tax-man and other like-minded, fastidious officials, delving…

Johnathan Thurston shares his ‘Energy-Saving Tips’

Saving on the essentials like power in the home is a huge win in the current ‘work from home’ state of affairs we all find ourselves in. Johnathan Thurston and his family are no exception. With 6 people living in the household…

Pros and cons of installing a solar battery

Battery technology has advanced in recent years, with new players on the market making it more competitive. There are a number of different battery technologies out in the market and choosing one really depends on one’s needs & budget…

Solar 101: Your ultimate solar buying guide

If you’ve found yourself on this page I assume there is a reason: your last quarterly bill shocked you, and you are dreading opening your next one. Don’t worry, you’re not alone…

Solar Monitoring – What is it?

One of the biggest changes in the Solar PV Industry in recent years, is the addition of solar system production & consumption monitoring.There are currently two types of monitoring in the market – the first being standard inverter production monitoring…

Three tips for Aussies turning to solar

Australians are taking control of their electricity bills and switching to rooftop solar, with numbers up 11 per cent on last year, 2.26 million homes, or one in five Australians are now reaping the rewards of solar energy. Like anything – before…

What size solar system do I need?

If you want to try and get your head around how big our solar system, as in where the earth enjoys its annual orbit, is—it has a diameter of approximately 287 billion kilometres. Like…way big! The solar system you will need to power your…

Why solar is a great investment

Amidst the economic impacts of a worldwide health crisis, it is not surprising that many Aussie families are closing their wallets and reducing spending. Now more than ever, it’s important for families to make conscious decisions…

Why winter and spring are the best times to install solar panels

As you put your winter woollies away for another year and the days start becoming longer and hotter, it can only mean one thing. Spring is on its way and it’s time to install solar panels. Spring brings with it a wealth of benefits which make it the perfect time to…

Why solar is the unexpected essential for isolation

Toilet paper to pasta and hand sanitiser, this time of uncertainty has caused people to panic buy and stockpile in preparation for the worst – and now it seems Australian homeowners are flocking to solar panels to save money…

Why Queensland is Australia’s rooftop solar leader

Turns out Queensland has earned its title: the Sunshine State. New research from the Clean Energy Council reveals Queensland is leading the charge in-home solar energy installations, with five out of Australia’s top ten solar postcodes located…

A complete glossary for solar power jargon

Ever tried researching solar power, only to find yourself struggling to understand the difference between a kilowatt and a kilowatt-hour, or what the heck a Powerwall is? If so, you’re not alone. Solar power is jargon-heavy…

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