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Do you have Brisbane’s worst Landlord?

Queensland Solar & Lighting wants to get the message out to both Tenants and Landlords that putting solar power on a rental property can be beneficial to both parties!

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Solis Inverter review

solis solar inverter spec sheet review

You will be very fortunate that you have stumbled across this Solis Solar Inverter review, as we have researched the Solis inverter and been in contact with Solis Australia who have provided a wealth of information!

Please understand that the Solis inverter is a fucking cheap inverter!

One of the most Chinese inverters you can get!

It is also the cheapest solar inverter you can buy in Australia. When is the cheapest ever the best?

PRO’s for Solis is they have been around in Australia for a long time now, but we are unsure on how well they handle warranty claims.  We are just letting you know that they are the cheapest solar inverter you can buy from an Australian wholesaler – They’d be cheap for a reason.


If you have been told that it is a ‘PREMIUM INVERTER’ you have been lied too! Premium inverters are SMA, FRONIUS, SolarEDGE and ENPHASE.

If you are researching the Solis Solar Power inverter then you have probably had the Solis inverter included in a solar package you have been quoted for – Are we right in guessing that the Solar quote you have received fits in the ‘Too good to be true?’ price range?

The Solis inverter is the cheapest solar inverter we can find on the market. When is the cheapest ever the best? The Solis inverter is cheap for a reason?

Solis Solar inverter – CHINESE Quality?

You see, the Solis inverter is actually a rebadged ‘Ginlong’ inverter – If Ginlong sounds Chinese,it certainly is. Check out the Solis inverter website here – Provides a wealth of information.

You are best to purchase a good quality European inverter, such as the Fronius Primo inverter or SMA Sunnyboy. This inverter is Made in Germany. We also have fantastic prices on systems using the SMA German inverter also! However many may want to take a punt on a cheaper Chinese inverter, such as the Solis, and be careful we warn,

You would be best to ask us for the German SMA companies’ Zeversolar range that is made in China and at a similar pricepoint, but with a far greater reputable reputation and mother company SMA pulling the strings and looking after the warranty for Zeversolar – No brainer for those that want to save some money on an inverter.  German company, but the inverter made in China. A much better option than the Solis Inverter.

Being the cheapest inverter available in the Australian Solar market, theSolis solar inverter  most probably is built of the poorest quality, and judging Solis by their Chinese websites and offices you would imagine so.

solis inverter review

A wealth of information is provided on the Solis Ginlong website.

Who is Ginlong then?

So we have now established that a ‘Solis’ inverter is really a ‘GINLONG’ inverter – then who and what is Ginlong?

We have been fortunate enough to have Peter from Ginlong Australia contact us, and share his information and knowledge about the Solis inverters in Australia, you can read below what he has sent us. Seems impressive!;

Hi Queensland Solar & Lighting,

Yes our Solis inverters are manufactured in China and yes we must compete with other Chinese and Asian manufacturers and this is often based on price. However we are rarely the cheapest and also compete with the very best of the world’s manufacturers based on quality and technology. In each of our global markets we usually supply only through the top 3 or 4 companies in that market. We from time to time have lost customers due to price, but never based on our quality, reliability, service or technology. Our inverters are being used on the Eiffel Tower in Paris for example….they could have chosen an inverter from Europe but our equipment is also very well regarded there.
You will find that much of the high end electronics in most Australian homes will have the manufacturer often located in China. Chinese manufacturers can and do manufacture leading technology and high end quality when that is the specification. It is also true that when directed to produce something to a low price point this will also be achieved. Of course anything that is purely aimed at meeting the lowest price point will most likely have its quality compromised.
Our manufacturing company is Ningbo Ginlong Technologies Co. Ltd a specialist engineering and small scale wind turbine (<30kW) manufacturing company. Our solar PV inverters begin their design life as being for use with wind turbine equipment. The programming and design is then altered for the simpler requirements of solar PV.
The Ningbo Ginlong Technologies Co. Ltd facility was purpose designed and built for the manufacture of small scale wind turbine equipment and solar PV inverters. Manufacturing takes place in atmospherically controlled rooms and utilises sophisticated automation where appropriate. Every inverter under goes lengthy operational testing prior to final packaging. Random inverters are also removed from the production line for more intense testing. The Solis branding originated here in Australia for our solar PV inverters and is now used globally.
We have a long history in the Australian market as we were one of the first three imported solar PV inverters to enter the Australian market. Solis continue to supply through one of the top 3 energy retailers and also through a small number of specialist solar wholesalers including PGK Distribution, OZ Roll, and Si Clean Energy. It has never been our desire to sell through every available outlet. It is more important to us that our sales channels are invested in the Solis products and service, not just moving boxes.
The CEO of Ginlong Technologies has directed our engineers to maintain product reliability and longevity in all aspects of design through manufacture. Many of our clients from around the globe put a premium on the consistent delivery of a reliable product, particularly where PPA and finance based sales products are involved. The Ginlong Technologies manufacturing facility is routinely (on a monthly basis) quality audited by third party quality auditors to satisfy these clients. It is this ongoing pressure applied to our manufacturing facility that brings about continuous improvement in design and manufacturing processes.
Solis Australasia Pty Ltd is the direct Australian subsidiary company to Ningbo Ginlong Technologies Co Ltd. We are well established in Australia to provide after sales back up and warranty support to our clients. We directly support the end user should they experience any problem with a Solis inverter. Our reputation for the supply of very good quality products and the necessary back up service is extremely important to us. The Australian renewable energy industry has had many companies arrive, make a big noise with their products and then disappear again. Some of those products have come from China and others have originated from Europe. Our approach has always been to thoroughly design and test our products prior to release in our various markets. It is our hard earned reputation for very good products and back up support that has steadily and quietly increased our market share in all of our markets.
ginlong solis inverter

– They make the solar inverters in China, in this factory. Do you want to visit there?

Solis inverter review – Performance

solis solar inverter spec sheet review

Solis 5000 takes on all other Chinese inverters in it’s price range with similar specifications.

Solis inverters have been around for quite a few years now. They are still here, whilst others have come and gone in that time, Aerosharp, SunnyRoo and more recently BOSCH. Not a lot of reputable solar installing companies are offering this Chinese inverter, as they dont like dealing with the high range of faults that Chinese inverters are known for.

AGL Electricity retailer are notorious for selling this cheap Solis solar inverter

You may have been quoted a solar system from AGL energy retailer, they are well-known for using the Solis inverter, and still keep using the inverter, even after many problems experienced with the Solis and unsatisfied customers.

agl solar power and Solis inverter review

Best to steer clear of AGL and their Solis inverter, or you mmay very well end up a statistic too. Click to enlarge.

The Solis inverter is seen to be a favourite inverter offered by the companies who mass advertise, whether it be on TV, RADIO, or the internet. Thanks for reading this Solis Inverter review

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CSUN solar panels reviews


CSUN solar panels reviews

csun solar panels-logo - selling csun solar panels in brisbane and gold coast

China Sun Energy, or CSUN as they are more commonly known, is one of the largest manufacturers of solar panels in the world. In the past the business operations of CSUN was mainly focused on producing solar cells for other manufacturers, but nowadays they place a firm focus on producing their own solar panels. That is exactly what we are going to take a little look at one this page. I want to talk to you about CSUN Solar Panel Reviews.


The quality of CSUN PANELS May have dropped in recent years. CSUN panels are a panel that has gotten cheap – Bottom of the barrel type pricing!

These panels are now being snapped up by opportunistic cheap National Solar sales companies. Just be wary of what they are doing and how they are acquiring Csun Solar panels.

csun solar panels 6kw price

We are currently installing CSUN and SMA inverter

Quality of CSUN Solar Panels

I have to say, and just about all CSUN Solar Panel Reviews will agree with me here; the quality of the products produced by CSUN, considering they are made in China, is actually fairly decent. These products have been designed to withstand the toughest conditions. I have seen a couple of products manufactured in China (naming no names here!), which are barely able to keep up with a gust of wind. Obviously that is not ideal for use in Australia. CSUN panels are different though. These products have been tested to the extreme. I read one of the CSUN Solar Panel Reviews out there which seemed to indicate that these products have a special coating which protects it from salt water spray (ideal if you live near the coast), and all have been tested for their ability to withstand the impact of a fairly large hail stone (to great success too!). This means that you should have absolutely no issue with quality.

CSUN Solar Panels are also in Australia! 

Based in Sydney, and you can contact CSUN SOLAR in Australia with the details provided below.

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 1300 132 162
Registered Address:Level 57 MLC Centre,19-29 Martin Place, Sydney NSW 2000,Australia


One of the biggest problems with products manufactured in China, and thankfully something which is not an issue for CSUN, is the fact that getting hold of spares is difficult. Once you have purchased a product it almost seems as if the company no longer wishes to deal with you. Thankfully CSUN is one of the largest solar energy providers in the world. If you purchase one of their products, and I have read many CSUN Solar Panel Reviews which back this up, then you do not have to worry about getting hold of spares. In the rare event that you do have a problem with your solar panel then you can be sure that CSUN will help you out. Almost all solar panel retailers in Australia will have access to CSUN products so getting them repaired should be no issue at all.

Do I recommend CSUN based upon other CSUN Solar Panel Reviews?

Obviously no product is perfect. But CSUN pretty well have all bases covered with their solar panel product!

This means that if you buy one of these you can be sure that you are going to get good value for money. It is pretty much one of the only PREMIUM solar panel on a  ‘budget’,  in the market which has gone through so much rigorous testing. You will not be disappointed. Very few people are when it comes to CSUN products.

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LG Solar Panels – Neon R

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LG Solar Panels – Neon R series


LG Solar’s history dates back to 1958, when the company (then GoldStar) was founded. Only in 2004, after consolidating several solar research laboratories under the LG Electronics umbrella did it acquire its present name – LG Solar. In 2009 the company launched mass production of its PV cells and modules in their newly built factory in Korea. From the very beginning of the company’s work in the solar energy arena, LG was always considered to be among the top performers in terms of R&D and consequently, PV product quality. Just like with most premium product manufacturers, high-quality items mean relatively small capacities. As of 2018 LG Solar plans to increase its production capacity to 1.8 MW and by 2020 – up to 3GW. When compared to the “big boys” these are rookie numbers, not even making the TOP 10 list.

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LG NEON R – The best panel you can buy in 2018!

In order to justify LGs products as an optimal choice – five key questions need to be covered. First and foremost – who is the customer and what are his expectations. If the customer is the owner of a house for which he would use these modules, LG Neon R series is a good choice. If, however, we are speaking about utility or C&I scale projects, these modules might miss the target. This aspect is mainly determined when prioritizing the question of cost-effectiveness. While high-efficiency and lifetime are both crucial factors for a residential rooftop plant, larger installations still prioritize payback period.

Assuming that the right application for this product is chosen, let’s look at the questions 2, 3 and 4 – all of which have to do with the product itself. Efficiency – how much power can a user expect to crank out from a sq. meter. LG Neon R is the company’s most advanced solar module yet offering up to 370W from a single standard dimension 60-cell unit. This is made possible by the use of IBC (Interdigitated back contact) cells with 30 integrated bus-bars on the rear side of the cell. The combination results in almost the highest output available on the market today, giving way only to a couple of even more expensive options.


The LG’s own in-house produced IBC cells are based on a n-type Monocrystalline technology, which, besides high efficiency, enable the modules to retain a higher output over long-term. Neon R series offer an above average efficiency warranty that guarantees 88.4% of the original power output after 25 years. This is even more important for the residential applications as the user often has little interest to invest in the replacement of his solar modules. In terms of general warranty, the series offer a 25 year product warranty (Parts & Labour) which is also considered to be outstanding when compared to the market average of 12 years.


The 4th point to cover is the module’s ability to withstand negative environmental and physical effects. LG boasts that its Neon R series are able to produce up to 2.9% more energy in hot climate conditions when compared to the market standard of p-type Monocrystalline cells (majority of which are known as PERC). The modules are also certified for salt mist and ammonia induced corrosion, both of which would otherwise limit the geographical applicability. Corrosion from salt mist resistance allows for the modules to meet their performance levels when installed on the coastline. Ammonia corrosion resistance allows for the modules to be safely installed on or near farms. Other environmental effects result in the modules breaking or being ripped of their mounting construction. The characteristics that determine the ability of the product to resist these effects are labeled by LG as front load and back load. The Neon R series offer a 6000 Pa (600 kg/sq. m) and a 5400 Pa (540 kg/sq. m) load resistance respectively. The front load is mostly important for countries with snowfall, while the latter is important for pretty much any location as wind is present everywhere, occasionally even in the center of a city.

LG Solar Panels – Flash Testing

When high performance and durability levels like these are being promised, quality control is essential. Phrases like flash testing, quality control in several manufacturing steps or TUV Rheinland certification are not anything out of the ordinary, but LG takes a few steps forward. In order to make sure that the customer gets what he is paying for, LG made sure that it’s manufacturing process would be certified by not 1 but 4 certification institutes (TUV Rheinland, VDE, UL, Intertek. Additionally, the company takes care to maximize the safety of their products by using tough plastic moulded corner sections during transportation. This is especially important as the microcracks which can occur in the cells in these handling stages usually become evident only after several years of operation.

The last but certainly not least aspect is product and service availability. Even though LG modules are manufactured only in South Korea and soon – the US, LG modules are relatively easy to obtain pretty much everywhere. For example in Australia, while most manufacturers have only a single office or none at all, LG has one in each mainland state capital. When you couple that with the 25 year parts and labour warranty, paying a extra for a premium product and service becomes justified. With exceptional product quality, full company support and record-low warranty claim cases, LG Neon R is one of the best choices on the market today.

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6.51kw Premium Solar System using Jinko 310w Mono Perc panels and Fronius Primo Inverter


Jinko 310w Mono Perc panels and Fronius Primo Inverter

6.51kw System


Jinko Mono perc solar powerspecial in Brisbane

We are proud to announce we have the Jinko Mono PERC panels in stock for a great price!


This system has only just been made possible this morning, 15th June 2018 as our wholesaler called us and let us know the exciting news – Jinko Mono PERC panels, 310w per panel at a fantastic price!

These Jinko panels are outstanding. Don’t just take our word for it! Have a look at their testing results here!


Jinko Mono PERC 60M 290-310W – Check the Jinko Mono Perc Specsheets out.


We have matched these brand new Jinko panels with the best inverter on the market, the European Fronius inverter for just $6500 fully installed!

If you want more information or to organise an install call us, email us at [email protected] or fill out the contact form here – we will call you.



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Hanwha Q CELLS – a safe choice in 2018


Hanwha Q CELLS –  2018 Review

The largest solar cell producer in the world – Hanwha Q CELLS was formed after merging Hanwa
SolarOne and Hanwha Q CELLS in 2015. However, its predecessor under the name of Q CELLS
was already operational back in 1999. With more than 5.5 GW of solar modules shipped in
2017, Hanwha Q CELLS is among the most recognized brands in the solar PV industry today.
The company’s headquarters are located in Seoul, South Korea while its R&D department is
stationed in Germany.

Asian made, but European deisgn

Among Solar professionals Hanwha Q CELLS is considered to be the brand that combines the
two opposites – lower prices of PV modules made in Asia with the quality of European
modules. Hanwa prides itself on its heavy attention to quality assurance. Besides the initial
certification testing and testing according to VDE quality standards, the company
continuously performs an improved triple quality control process, every part of which is
overlook by German QM engineers. Additionally, the company has a built-in qualification and
testing process for all new materials that are to be implemented into the company’s
production. This has allowed the company’s Q.PRO G2 module to be recognised as the Best
Polycrystalline module in 2013 and 2014 (PYM test). The company has also been continuously
recognised as one of the most-popular and well-known brands in the PV field in Europe (Italy,
France, Germany) and Australia for several years and has obtained the “EUPD Research Top
Brand“ seal. Needless to say, a company of this size and market dominance carries enough
stability for its clients to be calm about the warranty service on their purchase. As a tier 1
company, Hanwa Q CELLS can offer products and services for all PV applications of all types
and all sizes – from cells and modules for residential rooftops, to utility-scale solar farm
Most of the company’s modules are made using the Q.ANTUM cell technology that the
company prides itself on. The Q.ANTUM cells are based on PERC technology and according to
Hanwha Q CELLS they were created to allow the modules to perform exceptionally at real life
conditions – with low lighting levels and at various temperature levels. The technology proved
to be a step in the right direction for the company as the growing demand has allowed the
company to reach a 1 billion (5 GW) Q.ANTUM solar cell production milestone merely in 4
Hanwha Q CELLS also claim to have drastically reduced the LID (light induced degradation) with
their Anti LID technology. For most modules this drawback means that during the first few
hours of exposure to sunlight after manufacturing the modules lose roughly 2% of their power
As far as characteristics for choosing PV modules go, the module target properties will differ
depending on the installation type. On tight spaces, where energy density as well as aesthetics
are important – the most efficient, aesthetic looking and if possible care-free modules are
preferred. If installation area is not a problem, best efficiency is rarely the criteria for choosing
modules due to their higher price. Hanwha Q cells have plenty to choose for both type of
applications, although neither of the products are at the very peak of any given category. This
means that even though Hanwha can be proud of relatively high quality standards, their
product line does not include modules that would be considered to be the most efficient or
of the highest quality available on today’s market. On the opposite side Hanwha Q CELLS is also
not among the cheapest brands out there. However, what Hanwha can be surely proud of is
the price/quality ratio of their products. This is the reason behind their market dominance as
their products are perfectly suited for both masses – residential and utility scale.
For residential and similar applications Hanwha Q CELLS can offer its Q.PEAK and Q. PEAK DUO
product series, the name DUO refers to the use of 120 half-cut Q.ANTUM cells as well as a 6
bus bar circuitry. This particular product series offer a 300-330 Wp power output range with
module efficiency of 17.8 – 19.0 % respectively. The Q.PEAK series use regular 60 Q.ANTUM
cells with 4 bus bar circuitry design. The power output of this series varies from 285 to 305
Wp and 17.1-18.3 % of efficiency respectively. Both of the product series are made from
Monocrystalline cells, include a black anodised aluminium frame and have an all-black option.
For commercial and industrial application (e.g. large factory and warehouse roofs), Q CELLS
offers Q.PLUS BFR and Q.PRIME PV modules. The latter is made from 60 Q.ANTUM
Polycrystalline cells with a 4 bus bar circuitry design. The power output varies from 275 Wp
to 285 Wp and from 16.5% to 17.1% of efficiency. The module is designed to be universally
applicable, easy to handle and suitable for the masses, while still keeping the „high-efficiency“
tag. The Q.PRIME model is essentially a beefed up version of the previously mentioned model
that is made from Monocrystalline cells and includes a 6 bus bar circuitry design. The power
output of this particular model varies between 270 and 290 Wp with efficiency varying from
16.5% to 17.7%.

Commercial Solar installations using Q CELL Solar panels

For large solar installations, Hanwha Q CELLS offer 72 cell versions of the previously mentioned
Q.PLUS and Q.PRIME PV modules, thus increasing the power yield per module to 330-340 Wp
and 325-345 Wp respectively. While these modules are larger and therefore more expensive,
they are designed to drive down the LCOE (levelized cost of electricity) of a given installation
over the analysed period of time (usually warranty period of the PV system). Additionally, for
these types of installations Hanwha offers 60 cell and 72 cell versions of the Polycrystalline
based Q.POWER product line, offering output ranges from 260 Wp to 335 Wp depending on
the size and cell efficiency.
As far as durability and warranty goes, Hanwha Q CELLS offer a 12-year product warranty and
a 25-year linear performance guarantee with a power retainment varying from 81.5% to 85%
depending on the module choice. While only a year or two ago the market standard for
warranties was still 10 years, more and more brands are moving to 12 years, therefore this
feature will too soon lose its exclusivity.
That being said, the general reputation of Hanwha Q CELLS both among end customers and
distributors is that of a reliable, stable quality brand with a good customer service. Given that
the exceptional module performance under unfavourable lighting and climate conditions of
Q.ANTUM based modules will live up to the promise, Q CELLS might just be the reliable allround
option most customers are looking for.

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What is the biggest Single phase system in Brisbane?


Do you want to know what the biggest Single phase inverter we can install on your property?

Fronius make a 8.2kw Primo (Single Phase inverter). This can be hooked up to a Mammoth 10.9kw of panels. That’s a near 11kw System. To do this you need a good chunk of roof space and a Fronius Smart Meter to limit the export to 5kw only.


How much does an 11kw System cost on single phase?

If you want the ‘Big Whopper’ System. The envy of every solar loving neighbour in your street. GET THIS 11kw Solar system, or if you are feeling a bit intimidated, or just don’t need that much, or don’t have the roof capacity but still want a Mammoth? You can always opt for the 8kw system.

8.25kw Solar System

30 x 275 Watt Jinko Panels

1 x Fronius Smart Meter

1 x Fronius 8.2kw Primo inverter

$8500 inc GST

10.725kw Solar System

39 x 275 Watt Jinko Panels

1 x Fronius Smart Meter

1 x Fronius 8.2kw Primo inverter

$10,500 inc GST

or if you are feeling a bit intimidated, or just don’t need that much, or don’t have the roof capacity but still want a Mammoth? You can always opt for the 8kw system.

Give us a call or fill in the form if you are interested to hear about the BIGGER Single phase options we have available for you.

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REC Solar Power Panels REVIEW


REC Solar Panels – The European giant

Founded in Norway in 1996 REC Solar is currently the largest European solar module manufacturer.
Despite being founded later than most of its European competitors like Solar World and SolarWatt,
REC Solar has managed to outgrow them and become a globally renowned solar module producer.
Although not yet among top 10, REC is successfully competing with the “big boys” with 1.4 GW of
production annually.

In the past decade there has been an increased demand for European-made solar modules as many
solar energy developers and private customers have realised that cheaper Chinese-made modules are
not always worth the initial savings. Even though REC Solar manufactures it’s modules in Singapore,
the company has managed to retain its leading position in module quality. According to REC Solar,
only up to 400 out of every 4 million produced modules might come back as claims, which accounts
to 0.01%.

Why should you use REC Solar Panels?

When considering which solar module to choose for a specific project, private or utility scale,
determining factors can usually be grouped into 4 categories – product characteristics, price, company
reliability and approach to customer (flexibility, lead time, etc.). In terms of price REC Solar can be
placed somewhere in the middle. This balance is caused by REC’s relatively large production capacities,
high product quality, location of the company as well as its choice to work only with Multi-crystalline.
This makes REC’s modules perfect both for small-scale residential applications as well as multiMegawatt
solar farms.

REC – Polycrystalline Solar Panels only

The company’s choice to stick with Multi-crystalline PV technology is still perfectly reasonable, but it
might be a good strategy to start thinking about incorporating Mono as well. Current global PV
demand forecasts predict that Multi-crystalline/ Polycrystalline will retain at least 50% of the global
market through 2018 and maybe 2019, but after that Monocrystalline will most likely take the lead.
While Poly and Multi technologies have always been leading in cost-effectiveness, Mono is catching
up fast. Having in mind that Monocrystalline technologies have more room to grow in terms of
efficiency it becomes clear that they will soon be taking over. Of course it is important to mention that
REC Solar has perfected its Multi-crystalline products and therefore is able to offer an excellent price
to performance ratio. The PEAK and TWINPEAK module series can offer up to 275 W and 285 W
respectively. Standard PEAK is comprised of 60 Multi-crystalline cells while TWINPEAK series use 120
half-cut cells, allowing it to squeeze out that extra 10 W per module. Another advantage of the halfcut
cell technology is the module’sincreased immunity to partial shading. For large – scale applications
REC offers larger TWIN PEAK 2 modules with half-cut PERC cells and a power output of up to 300 W.
Both product series are available in silver (aluminium) and black frames.
A downside for a potential customer would be a lack of choices for types of solar modules. These
choices include Monocrystalline modules for higher energy yield. Glass-glass modules for durability,
longevity and better overall performance over longer periods of time. Bifacial is another new trend
that solar PV developers are increasingly looking into, therefore, it’s inclusion would allow REC Solar
to attract even more clients.


Another evident opportunity of improvement would be the number of bus bars for the PEAK module
series. REC’s PEAK modules currently only have 3 bus bars, while a lot of solar module manufacturers
have already transitioned or are in the process of moving to 4 bus bars for their modules. The inclusion
of an additional bus bar reduces the distance the free electrons have to move before they reach the
electrode, thus increasing the energy yield of the solar cell.
Due to the 3.2 mm glass on the front REC’s solar modules exhibit higher than average durability. While
the market standard for standard modules is 2400 Pa REC’s modules offer 3600 Pa. While this is not
the most important aspect in the majority locations where solar PV is widely used, hail, heavy snowfall,
storms and installation accidents can always happen. The antireflective aspect of the glass increases
energy yield and reduces heating of the module.
While it’s not something extraordinary, the split junction box in REC’s modules allow for a higher
energy yield and a reduction in negative effects due to module heating. This is especially important to
warmer climates and locations with intense sunlight.
In terms of warranty, REC Solar offers a market standard of 10 years and promise a linear power output
for 25 years. Annual power output loss of 0.7% means that after 25 years REC solar modules would be
producing about 82.5 % of the original power output. While this is not the best result in the whole
Solar PV field, for Multi-crystalline technology it’s considered to be a high-end characteristic.
While one should always evaluate the company itself, there are no red flags in REC’s case. For a
company of this size, experience and reputation failure to deliver is never an option. For your
convenience REC solar will provide its own accredited installers who will make sure that there are no
mistakes on the system installation side. Having in mind that REC Solar has been working since 1996
and has been increasing its production capacity by at least 10% annually, one can be assured that it
will stay operational throughout the whole module warranty period.


Additionally, a company of this size is surely capable to provide delayed payments and other financial
instruments dedicated to ease the purchase of REC’s solar modules. Therefore, moneywise REC Solar
is a much better choice than smaller local producers both in terms of price and payment conditions.
And last but not least – flexibility and customer approach, both of which are crucial for positive
customer experience. With more than 600 installations worldwide, REC Solar can offer both, customer
support for smaller projects and turnkey development for large solar farms.
To sum up, REC Solar is a safe, reliable, medium priced option both for small-scale and utility-scale
projects. One will hardly be able to find a better price and performance ratio for high-quality European
solar modules.

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How To Buy A Solar System On Finance


Buy Solar System ON finance and pay it off

Want to purchase a solar system in Brisbane and not have enough money required to purchase the system? We can help you with our Zero dollar deposit options.

You simply put $0 down and then agree to finance the system over a period of time, with time ranging from between 1 years, all the way up to 5 years!

Solar system finance companies brisbane

This could very well be the option you are looking for! Pay off your solar system and replace that massive electricity bill with a finance bill for just a few years, then once that is done, Enjoy cheap electricity!


Why is it a good idea to pay off the solar system rather than buying the system outright?

Because of cash flow! It is going to be a bit more expensive to pay off rather than getting a special ‘cash price’ but if it makes a solar system a positively-geared investment it certainly is a no-brainer.


For example, if you can buy a system with payment terms at just $400 per quarter, but the system is knocking off $550 off your electricity bill every quarter for a few years, and then come the end of the finance term, you own your solar system outright and no longer have the $400 per quarter component, yet still saving $600+ off every bill (that will be what it is saving you by the time the finance contract is paid out as electricity prices are rising every year)… doesn’t that make it the most obvious purchase you’ve seen?

If you work, have a job, an aged pension, or Self-Funded Retiree you have a very high chance of being able to be assisted with finance and be able to install a solar system on your house.

Contact us

Feel free to contact our sales department at [email protected] or call Scott on 0431094756 for more information and see if we are able to assist you.

Or fill out our contact form and request a call here.

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Electroy Solar in Brisbane no longer in Business


Electroy Solar Bankrupt

From sloped roof installations to flat roof tilt-up arrays and building integrated models, possibilities for commercial solar power generation are varied and numerous. Companies joining in on the solar trend have the added bonus of selling excess power to the utility for money in the form of credits and savings. The basic principle behind solar energy systems is relatively simple: solar panels installed on a roof or set of buildings generate DC power via photovoltaic cells; a solar inverter transforms DC power to AC, which travels to a breaker box, which supplies the company’s electricity needs.

Electroy Solar Brisbane

Electroy Solar Brisbane office

This is all about solar energy. Some of the companies come extra protocols during the sale of the solar and this is where the problem arises. Why don’t you sell solar energy as it i? why should I pay for high maintenance fee while I know solar panels have 25 years’ warranty? Why should you sell me faulty components instead of showing me value of my money by installing quality components in my house? Why would you install solar power in my roof yet the bill am paying you is more than half what I paid for you to install solar power in my house? This are the questions most of the clients are asking after partnering with Electroy solar company to install solar energy in their houses. This is happening mostly in Brisbane. The company is no longer in business due to small mistakes that cost them a lot. See the following reviews on the company by clients about Electroy.

Bob and Jenny, 18 July 2015

“We have recently had installed solar panels with Electroy. Hardly any hot water and our first bill was bigger than before installation. My husband has phoned and phoned and phoned, leaving messages asking for return calls but after several weeks, still no response. Seems they are good at installing and taking your money but when problems arise they don’t want to know you. Dreadful follow up service (or should I say lack of)”

Angela 03 August 2017

“Still do not have Solar Power turned on 5 weeks after installation. Electroy did not submit paper work and no excuse or apology for not be prompt with submission. Although they took our money quickly. Would not recommend them.”

Queensland Solar & Lighting can help existing Electroy customers

Queensland solar and lighting has come to the rescue. It is a solar energy company that bring together renewable energy ideas to provide reliable, affordable and stabilized energy. Queensland solar and lighting technology and their form of business allow them to finance, capitalize and manage the distribution of energy to the wide needy clients wishing to go solar. Mostly they are operating in Brisbane.

Electroy Solar customers are now giving Electroy bad reviews and they have no idea that Electroy are no longer in business

Queensland solar and lighting offers true partnership to governments, businesses, and other projects they get. They are also able to improve existing projects to a certain level of production or improving their efficiency. Their highly trained engineers help businesses to develop, deploy, and operate their projects smoothly. They partner with their clients in every step of their renewable journey. They also distribute and sell selected solar equipment for those who wish to install solar energy in their homes. Get connected now with Queensland solar and lighting.

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Tesla Powerwall 2 Review


Australia is exceptionally well suited for solar power: Its location is relatively near the equator (suns path) and blue skies. The Australian scientist have been in the forefront of solar PV research leading to some of most efficient solar photovoltaic modules being developed and tested in Australian universities. We will be reviewing the new Tesla Powerwall 2.

In spite of these advantages, Australia is very slow in developing in terms of taking up solar energy; for example, relatively cloudy Germany has 10 Watts of solar photovoltaic power per-capita while the corresponding figure for Australia is 2.6W (figures for about 2008). This has been due to plentiful and cheap coal and short-sighted government policies influenced by a very strong fossil fuel lobby.

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The New Tesla Powerwall 2 Now more powerful

Where this article deals with specific solar Tesla power wall 2 device, I will mainly concentrate on the benefits of the gadget to the Australian residents wishing to achieve power independence. This article will explain widely what is Tesla power wall gadget and how it is going to help in the energy sector in Australia.

Tesla Power Wall Review

In the year 2015 Tesla motors deviated their interests to overall home energy storage and announced their first make of a home battery pack, the Tesla power wall.

In the past, Tesla Motors has been known for producing high-quality electric vehicles and currently developing solar cars. In fact, while Tesla’s automobiles revitalized the 21st-century electric vehicle market, the first electric cars were invented more than a hundred years earlier.

Tesla’s rebranding of residential-use batteries is in line with their legacy of reimagining existing products. The Tesla Power wall may represent the first time in history that everyday homeowners are truly excited about the potential of storing energy at their home.

What is the Tesla Power wall?

Tesla describes the Power wall as a “rechargeable lithium ion battery with liquid thermal control.”  It is one of a few companies in the residential energy storage market that makes small-scale batteries for home energy storage. The first-generation Power wall launched in April 2015, and an updated Power wall 2.0 was announced in October 2016. The Power wall 2.0 is priced at $5,500.

Tesla battery packs are an ideal complement for solar panel systems, especially in off-grid projects where homeowners need to become 100% responsible and in control of their energy. This device from Tesla helps home owners in storing enough energy for their house both during the day and night.

How does Tesla’s battery work?

While Tesla’s research into battery technology was initially focused on the auto market, manufacturing a Tesla battery pack for home use was a correct channel to bring out their inventions and long lasting battery expertise to the eyes of the world.

The Tesla power wall is sized and designed to produce energy for your house in day to day life, mostly suitable using it together with solar panels. The solar panels produce energy and store it in the Tesla power wall. If the solar panels produce more than you can use, only the you can send it to the grid but only when the Tesla home battery pack is fully charged.

Normally, this process happens over the course of a day: when the sun is high in the sky and your solar panels are producing more electricity than you can use, the surplus energy is stored in your Tesla Power wall. As the sun goes down and your solar panel production decreases, you draw on the electricity that you stored during the sunniest part of the day. Essentially, the Power wall helps you balance out your electricity production and usage over the course of the day.

Benefits of Tesla power wall 2 to people of Australia.

To people of Australia Tesla power wall comes with a lot of advantages aimed mostly at ensuring that you house is ever powered and you can store excessive energy in the power wall. Living in the ‘sunshine state’, it makes sense for Brisbane residents to harness the sun’s energy to power their homes. Likewise, it makes sense to choose Tesla power wall 2 as their home battery pack. This way they will expose themselves to variety of benefits that come with Tesla power wall 2. Below are some of the benefits of Tesla power wall;

  • The Power wall’s revolutionary compact design achieves leading energy density. You’ll get more from your solar power by storing the excess energy in Power wall, so you can use it later. The sun is always on. It does not switch of, it only disappears for 12 hours and the it comes back. For those 1 hours, the most common technique used in Australia is to generate energy and feed to the grid so that when night comes you will draw the energy from the grid and use it. But what if during the day there was no excess energy to feed the grid, you will end up using the grid power and that way you will still receive you monthly power bills.

You can read a case study on the Tesla Powerwall 2 in Australia here.

To eliminate this possible situation, the Tesla power wall will provide ample capacity to store your energy rather than feeding the grid. The energy produced will charge the Tesla power wall 2 so that during the night and days of autonomy you can always have power that is clean and bills free because you made the right choice to invest in Tesla power wall.

  • You can reduce the power you need from the grid to meet the electricity needs of your household, which means further savings on your energy bills.
  • With 13.5kWh of storage and usable energy, the Power wall 2 has almost double the capacity of the previous version. For those who knew the previous version of the Power wall, you will notice that Tesla power wall 2 is almost double the previous version. This way it has increasing it capacity to 13.5kwh. The capacity is suitable for large scale use.
  • Using Tesla’s proven battery technology, the Power wall is economical and safe, and doesn’t need any ongoing maintenance. The Tesla power wall exhibits the true characteristics of maintenance free battery. It does not need any maintenance to keep producing energy for the house. It is also free of emission and
  • Installation is now more flexible with the option of wall or floor mounting. Some systems come with so complicated mechanisms of placing. Some systems end up taking up the place you could use to place some of your home assets. The Tesla power wall 2 comes with flexible easy mounting mechanism. Its wall mounting option saves your home space and gives very great aesthetics.
  • Now app enabled to use Tesla’s solar and demand monitoring, so you can keep track and monitor your energy on the go. Monitoring of systems has never been made easier in previous versions of the such systems as power wall 2. The Tesla power wall 2 comes with an application used to monitor the system remotely and easily.
  • The Power wall comes with up to 10-years warranty.
Tesla powerwall 2 review and specifications

Tesla powerwall 2 review and specifications

Tesla Powerwall 2 Warranty

The Power wall comes with an unlimited 10-year warranty that assumes your battery is used for daily charging and draining. However, Tesla does not currently offer any coverage related to how much capacity the battery will lose during that time.


Tesla’s battery technology is similar to other rechargeable batteries both large and small: as time goes on, the battery loses some of its ability to hold a charge. Think of how the battery life of a brand-new smartphone compares to one that is a few years old. As you continually charge and drain your phone’s battery, it starts to lose some of its ability to hold a charge.


Tesla battery life will deteriorate in the same way. That isn’t an indicator of a product flaw – all batteries lose some of their ability to hold a charge over time, whether it’s an electric vehicle battery, a home energy battery, or a rechargeable AA battery. However, many of the other solar batteries for home use that are on the market do come with warranties that guarantee a certain amount of storage capacity.


While the warranty isn’t the only criterion to evaluate when choosing a solar battery for your home, it should be one factor under consideration when making an investment in solar-plus-storage.

  • Power wall will be available in a 7 kilowatt hour (kW) model, designed for daily use applications, and a 10kwh model, designed for backup power. The units weigh about 220 lbs. Total capacity can be upgraded by modular connection of up to nine additional units. Tesla expects to start shipping Power wall sometime during the summer of 2015.
    • Tesla provides the following specifications for Power wall:
    • Mounting: Wall Mounted Indoor/Outdoor
    • Inverter: Pairs with growing list of inverters
    • Energy: 7 kWh or 10 kWh
    • Continuous Power: 2 kW
    • Peak Power: 3.3 kW
    • Round Trip Efficiency: 92%
    • Operating Temperature Range: -20C (-4F) to 43C (110F)
    • Warranty: 10 years
    • Dimensions: H: 1300mm W: 860mm D:180mm
  • Power wall, which is aimed at the residential market, is designed to store power generated at peak solar time for use during power outages and out-of-peak solar time, including night. The system’s slim, modular design is adapted from the technology used in those for Tesla’s electric cars and can hold up to 7 kilowatt-hours of energy, which is enough energy to power a typical home in the United States for about 7 hours. A similar product, Tesla Power pack, is aimed at the business and utility market. Both products are based on lithium ion battery technology.
  • Another key advantage to the Power wall 2 over the original (or even over its competitors) is its integration with the Tesla app. While the app was originally designed just for Tesla’s electric vehicles, it was recently updated with the capacity to connect to Power wall 2 modules. The app lets Power wall owners monitor their home energy system from afar, while also allowing input such as setting a minimum energy reserve in case of a grid outage.


  1. Can you go “off the grid” with a Tesla Power wall and solar?

Installing a solar-plus-storage system at your home is a great way to take control of your electricity bill, but it doesn’t mean that you’re completely disconnected from your utility. Going “off the grid” with solar batteries is actually a more expensive and complicated proposition than you might think. A single Tesla home battery will only provide backup power for a few hours – not nearly enough to cover you if you have an entirely cloudy day, let alone several days or weeks of inclement weather.

  1. How much does the Tesla Power wall cost?

The cost of the equipment for a new Tesla Power wall 2.0 battery is $5,500, which includes a built-in inverter and twice the storage capacity of the original Power wall battery. By comparison, the list price for a first-generation Power wall without an inverter was $3,500. In order to install the battery, you would have also needed a separate, specially made inverter that can communicate between your solar panel system, your battery, and the electric grid.

  1. Should you install a Tesla Power wall or other solar battery?

Solar batteries are a fairly new technology for homeowners. While they offer significant benefits for some, they aren’t always a necessary investment. If your utility offers net metering, installing a solar battery won’t save you money. However, if you install a solar panel system in an area with time-of-use (TOU) electricity rates, no net metering, or significant demand charges, a solar battery could be a good choice for you.

The Bottom Line

Home battery storage is awesome, and the technology is well worth investing in as a whole. On a personal level, the economics are still a decent way off it being a no brainer investment for most households. That said, there are loads of non-economic benefits, especially changing usage habits, which can make home battery storage tech worthwhile.

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EuroSolar news


This is the latest news in regards to EuroSolar.


Please read attachment below

Enforceable undertaking of P and N NSW Pty Ltd EURO SOLAR


also can read more here on Clean Energy Regulator website

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REC Solar panels Special Price in Brisbane


Are you wanting a solar system in Brisbane with the latest REC Twin Peak panels with the Best inverter on the market, the Austrian Fronius Primo?

QLD Solar & Lighting is proud to announce that we have accumulated a good deal on REC panels. You can read about what we have had to say about REC panels in the past here.

REC Twin Peak Solar panels Brisbane


REC Panels are NOT Made in China!

You will be please to know that our REC panels are NOT MADE IN CHINA, but Made in Singapore! This helps to ensure you are getting fantastic build quality, and at our price we offer to Brisbane and Gold Coast consumers, you can be confident that you are getting the best deal on offer at the moment.

Click to read about the REC panels made in Singapore

The latest REC panels are quite an improvement on REC panels that have been produced in the past, The REC Twin Peak series solar panels are just awesome.

Watch the video below to learn how the unique design helps fight against shading. The REC Twin Peak panels use PERC technology, click here to learn more about PERC technology and why it is the best out there right now.


Main Benefits are;

  • Split Cell Technology
  • Perc Module
  • More efficient than other modules under shady conditions
  • PID Free
  • Manufactured in Singapore
  • Financially sound business


Pricing – REC Twin Peak 280w with Fronius Primo inverter System

Silver Frame panels


5.04kw System – 18 panels


6.16kw System – 22 panels


6.44kw System – 23 panels 



Detailed info on REC Twin Peak Panels


REC panels Spec Sheet Download


REC Superior Warranty details

REC Warranty TwinPeak



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Queensland Solar & Lighting’s International Solar Conference


Queensland Solar & Lighting Selling Solar Panels in Brisbane



Are you wanting to attend an International solar exhibition but not quite sure how to go about it?

Let Alan from Queensland Solar & Lighting be your guide! He has done it all before!

5th June 2017 – 11th June 2017 – Thailand


Don’t want to join all the Passionfruit’s of the industry at the big annual solar porkchop huddle in Melbourne? No worries, catch it on a replay just 1 month later in blissful, peaceful and tranquil Bangkok.


Just $850+ GST

  • includes all Flight transfers from and to airport
  • Accomodation in 5 star resort in Phuket
  • All meals in Phuket at the lovely Alans Bar and Cafe
  • Registered entry for 3 days at Renewable Energy Asia 2017 in Bangkok
  • 10 x complimentary Alcoholic Beverages at Alans Bar and Cafe, or soft drinks for the softies
  • Includes Flight from Phuket to Bangkok
  • includes Scooter hire in Phuket (if you are up to it)
  • Accomodation in Bangkok in nice motel
  • Photo opportunity with Alan
  • Tax deductible


contact [email protected] for any further information or to book your ticket to the greatest Solar experience on earth.

We had a blast last time!







Queensland Solar & Lighting’s International Solar Conference and Exhibition Workshop

Thailand, June 2017


5th June

Arrive in Phuket.

Shuttle to pick up from Airport and bring to Motel

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is offered complimentary by Alan’s Bar & Cafe


6th June

From 6am

Complimentary All-day Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on offer at Alan’s Bar & Cafe from 6am Thai time.


10am Training with Alan:

Alan gives a rare opportunity for other solar CEO’s to sit back and let Alan educate them in helping to streamline and further develop and progress their own solar business. You too, could be running a tight ship as Alan does if you give Alan a chance to School you.



After Lunch and training you will then head to Phuket International airport on shuttle bus, destined for Bangkok



Arrive in Bangkok. Dropped off at Motel ready for Asean Sustainable Energy Week at BITEK, Bangkok


7th June

Head from motel into Bitek. Full day at Renewable Energy Asia 2017


8th June

Head from motel into Bitek. Full day at Renewable Energy Asia 2017


9th June

Head from motel into Bitek. Full day at Renewable Energy Asia 2017


10th June

Head from motel into Bitek. Full day at Renewable Energy Asia 2017


11th June

Transit from Bangkok to Airport when flight scheduled.

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Solar Lighting Brisbane


Are you looking for commercial solar lights in Brisbane?

We have just the thing for you; Solar light poles manufactured in Brisbane, Australia.

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55133-SunWizard Brochure_Specs 2pp_LR

If you are further interested in these at $650 inc GST each, please let us know.

These are mainly designed as a commercial unit and have been sold to local Queensland councils.

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Taco Bell is coming to Brisbane


Taco Bell to arrive in Australia in 2017

September 2017 update!

Taco Bell is well and truly on it’s way to Brisbane!

also, if you are so keen that you would consider working at Taco Bell in Brisbane, why not apply for a job at the new store in Annerley here!

Read the latest news article about the Taco Bell store opening in Brisbane here.

I’ve been told that Taco Bell will be opening it’s first stores in Australia by the crew that work in the Taco Bell Head Office in Los Angeles, California! “At the moment we are working out where the locations are going to be, but I am quite confident we will have Taco Bell stores open within 9 months of me saying this!’ said the Food Product Manager. He told me this in October 2016, so let’s see if we will all be munching a Taco come July 2017.

taco bell brisbane Australia

Whilst traveling in Bogota, Colombia I was invited to the first TacoBell restaurant VIP Launch Party in Bogota, Colombia. It was very entertaining. They threw a massive party for hundreds of people to attend, many Californian employees made the trip down to South America, as they will when Taco Bell opens it’s doors in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.


The Taco Bell guru’s told me that while Taco Bell has been in operation in Australia before, it failed because they believe they tried to change the menu up to make it suit what they thought Australians would like, or perhaps they were just too early for the Mexican food craze in Australia. This time though we have been promised, ‘What you see and can order in an American Taco Bell is exactly what will be on the menu in an Australian Taco Bell store!’ – So any of you who had been to the United States and loved the Taco Bell / Del Taco experience there, you will be happy to know that a Taco Bell in Brisbane, Australia is looming.

Did you know the Head Honcho of Taco Bell is an Aussie from Brisbane? Of course he wants it brought here!

The VIP party was great. Free Taco’s, Burrito’s and Heineken beer on Tap to all invited! We Just can’t wait for the Launch party for the Taco Bell in Brisbane!


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6 types of Solar customers


Here at QLD Solar and Lighting we are approached daily by potential solar system buyers from everywhere and all walks of life. We thought it would it would offer you an insight as to what other customers think about and are asking about when they make that same initial solar system enquiry.


Solar power is a highly competitive industry in Australia, and we have been around long enough to assign certain customers to a particular category. This list will be updated as we see more trends appearing in the ever-changing and evolving solar industry.


In the comments below you can tell us about the experience you had when shopping for solar.


15 Quote Quentin

Quentin has more time in the world than anyone you have met before. He reminds me of the Saturday and Sundays in the Real-Estate industry, Indian families who just drive around looking at open-house after open-house, asking questions but just appearing to get prices and information for fun.  Quentin get’s a lot of quote’s and ask some pretty outrageous questions, but we aren’t too sure about how serious he is about getting a solar system installed on his roof.

9 Month Merrick

is somewhat a variation of 15 Quote Quentin, but instead of compiling a list of quotes in a timely-manner, he is getting information on his new-build that he hasn’t even bought the block of land for yet, or buying a house, and settlement isn’t until next year, well after Christmas. We generally cannot help Merrick too much, as the prices and products are changing all the time, not too mention all the rules and regulations that dictate most of the market. Merrick is told to take a chill-pill and come and speak to us within 4 months of house completion or settlement date.

Bogan Barry

Bogan barry solar customer


Bogan Barry is a pleasant family man. He originates from the suburbs, and is a hard working, honest man who caters for his family. Often in the early negotiations for a suitable solar system for his suburban abode, he will ask if trading an old HQ Kingswood shell, with no motor but ‘transmission is still smooth’ that has been sitting on his front lawn for 23 years would suffice as part-payment. All is forgiven though, as install goes smoothly and the installers are stoked when they drive away cheerin’ from their hard day’s work of solar installation, Barry was so impressed he had given the crew some roadies, a 6 pack of VB!

Spec Sheet Spencer

Spencer is that dude that often get’s a heap of quotes from many companies, and has an impressive collection of solarpanel-specsheet.PDF’s on his desktop PC. He invites the next solar companies solar consultant into his home  to offer their presentation (and drop off some new spec sheets). As Solar consultant delivers his presentation (often waffling on) Spencer sits, often fidgeting and grunting (uh-huh, yep…) with most stuff being told to him going in one ear, and out the other… all while he has his eyes focused, panning back and forth as if he is watching a Wimbledon final, but the back of 2 different solar panels spec sheets is what he is honing in on. Who cares about who is doing the solar system install, price, warranties or the quality of the components used, Isn’t that right Spencer? It all comes down to the numbers that don’t mean anything on the back of printed spec sheets. Spencer look for real world yield data and reviews of the product. That’s what is going to save you money, not dodgy solar panel manufacturers lies printed on the back of shiny piece of paper!

Gullible Garry

Garry is told APS panels are a high quality panel, and  coupled with Solis inverters, make it one of the best 6kw systems available on the market, all with a $4000 price-tag. He hasn’t just been told this from True Value Solar, Euro Solar has given him the same similar type of spiel. By the time we get to him, Gullible Garry is now Gung-ho Garry and  tells us off for not being competitive, and to take a page out of True Value Solar and EuroSolar’s book.  How is your solar system going now Gazza?


Time-Waster Timmy

Timmy has been talking to us for over a month now, and has agreed to book in and set his install date with us, but still isn’t 100% sure on what system and components he is getting. We don’t insist on a 10% deposit, because we have not finalised an exact solar system with him yet, all we know is that he ‘definitely wants it done on the 21st June, and installed by us’. We have been in contact with Tim for nearly a month now. Every week he changes his system’s size and details as the install date is looming. 5 days from install it appears we have finally settled on a system to be installed. We have been rewarded with our patience. The 19th June rolls around and the office phone rings, it’s Timmy. He is calling to tell us that he has found his next door neighbours, sister’s husband who is a handyman will have a go at installing it for $100 cheaper than we had agreed. Before he hangs up, he is gleamingly boasting about another win he’s recent;y had in the quest to get solar on his roof, the score he found on Gumtree last night, someone’s used 5kw SunnyRoo inverter. He picked up for just $300. Timmy doesn’t know that 90% of inverters and panels sold on Gumtree and Ebay as used are no longer eligible and approved for a new solar system install. But at least Time-waster Timmy’s happy for now!



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Solar Power in North Korea


Solar Power in North Korea

solar North korea

Daniel, of QLD Solar & Lighting standing next to the famous Hammer, Sickle and Paintbrush statue in Pyongyang, North Korea. It was the only full-sleeved collared shirt in his luggage. had to be warn to pay respect to the Glorious resting leaders if you are wondering.

Queensland Solar & Lighting’s Director, Daniel,  recently ventured into the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or North Korea as us Australian’s know it.

Residential Solar power in Pyongyang, North Korea

Daniel recently completed a five-day trip to North Korea as he was always fascinated in the country and reading about the daily life in North Korea will simply not enough for him, he simply had to see it for himself.

Solar systems in North Korea

Daniel being as respectful as can be for the deceased leaders… wearing a Lego T-Shirt

Naturally, one thing that caught Daniel’s eye was the fact that North Korean’s  are using solar power quite a bit. They hang these 100 watt solar panels over their balcony and charge small batteries.

“Nearly 10% of the population would now have 100 Watt solar panels facing out of either their window or their balcony!”  but as the rules are in North Korea, you are not allowed to go investigating the country on your own, you have to stay in the group and accompanied by North Korean tour guides – Going and knocking on a North Koreans door to ask them ‘how their solar power is running?’ is simply out of the question (if you don’t want to get locked up and sent to 15 years hard labour, that is)

Finally our Tour group was allowed to visit the local Walmart type shopping  centre. Please do not imagine Walmart for those of you who have been to America. It is just a shopping centre which has three floors of shops and a food court above on top, but three floors of shopping any thing from a supermarket goods and groceries assortment right through to hardware supplies – it was here where I found the solar panels I’ve been seeing, accompanied with batteries to store the power. And various other bits and pieces that go in the solar power kit, such as fuses, switches, light globes for the systems and extra cabling. The worst part is we were not allowed to take our phones or cameras in to take photos of inside the North Korean shopping mall so I have no photo or video to show you where the North Koreans are buying their home solar power systems from, but I can confirm that they all power a DC system in their apartments.

I asked one of the North Korean tour guides why do so many people have solar panels facing out of their apartments and he said that “Many North Korean people want to save the environment” and that they ‘quite often have black-outs’.

Others have written interesting articles on solar power in North Korea also.




One thing that impressed me was the fact that all their street lights were solar powered. We don’t even have that in Brisbane yet! Even Solar power in North Korea was fascinating.

If you are interested in visiting North Korea, I recommend it. Very safe, and i was one of only 130 odd tourists in the Country at the time.

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Pioneer Solar Brisbane



Pioneer Solar have been selling solar systems in the Brisbane area and word is that they are a very unprofessional solar outfit.

Pioneer Solar sell solar power in Brisbane.




We have been getting far too many phone calls and emails in regards to dissatisfied Pioneer Solar customers who have shared horror stories about this company. We do not know much about Pioneer Solar, except the fact that we had a few customers call us after they had been quoted incredible prices of $8000+ for a system that we sell for under $5000. However lately Pioneer Solar customers have been calling us and telling us how they have had drama’s with Pioneer and tell us stories about their regretful experience.

pioneer solar brisbane

Have you been door-knocked or cold called by this mob?

Pioneer Solar are not a new company that has popped up over the past few years. Cold calling and Door knocking their way around the block.

You can read all about the 10 day cooling off period here, and see what exactly are the rules and regulations of solar companies, and other QLD companies for that matter, in regards to what they are allowed to do, and what they are not allowed to do.



pioneer solar reviews qld

What’s going on here? Even their ‘5 star review’ says how the solar system was installed, but not even approved after 3 months of waiting??




pioneer solar reviews brisbane

Pioneer Solar have seen to be in operation since 2013 and we have only just started to hear from their customers, so they obviously are doing very well be  to be staying under the radar?

Pioneer Solar should look after their customers a bit more we think and not have them call us frustrated and demanding answers, we are not Pioneer Solar unfortunately.


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Can I install a Single Phase Inverter on 3 Phase electricity?


Is a Three Phase Solar Inverter What You Need?

Recently here at Qld Solar & Lighting we have been informed that inquiries have been made by clients whose properties are fitted with 3 phase power; they have been informed that to suit this they must have a 3 phase solar inverter. This article is to address these inquiries.

Is a Three Phase Solar Inverter Necessary?

This answer can vary from case to case. There are some benefits to having a three phase solar inverter but in comparison with a single phase solar inverter it is much more expensive. Being as the price is higher it is important to ensure that the benefits you will obtain will be worth your expense.

The Benefits of Three Phase Solar Inverters

The primary benefit of a three phase solar inverter is that the solar power they convert into AC power is then equally distributed over all three phases of the property. Let’s say a single phase solar inverter of five kilowatt operating at maximal capacity would distribute five kilowatts of solar energy to one phase, however a three phase five kilowatt solar inverter in the very same situation would equally distribute into all three phases. If you do the math and divide five kilowatts into three phases you will come up with 1.7 kilowatts so each phase will be distributed 1.7 kilowatts of solar energy.

This is crucial to solar inverter systems that are six kilowatts or larger being as if all the energy is being directed to only one phase it may be an overload for the single phase and cause the loading of the phases to be unbalanced. If a solar power system has an inverter of five kilowatts or less this is not usually a concern due to the fact that five kilowatts of power being directed into one phase is not generally an issue. The reason I say not generally is due to the fact that certain smaller power systems of three to five kilowatts can sometimes require a three phase solar inverter.

Three Phase Solar Energy and Self Consumption of Solar Energy

A question that comes up quite often is how does solar self consumption function with single power and three phase power solar inverters, this question in itself can take an entire page to explain. The answer to this question can be found in the next article which is entitled “Three Phase Power: Solar Distribution in Rates — Is a 3 Phase Solar Inverter Needed?

As explained earlier the primary benefit of a 3 phase solar inverter is the power is distributed throughout your property via all three phases. There are however occasions when a single phase three to five kilowatt inverter will not function; better said it will function well with conditions of low light but in perfect conditions will turn out faulty. One of the most frustrating situation is having your solar power system which should be generating at its best generating nothing at all. This situation is brought on because of the resistance of the main power cables located on your property.

How Does a Grid Connect Inverter Feed Energy?

Energex uses on the Gold Coast A grid connected solar energy the Atlas EDMI 3 phase meter which converts the DC solar energy from your roof into AC power in the most efficient way possible this is the distributed to the switchboard on your property. Stated simply put the inverter forces the energy through the properties power cables the more energy that has to be forced through the more strength is needed.

Take the water pipe into consideration, if the amount of water that is needed to flow through the pipe then the amount of pressure required is minimal; if a large amount of water is needed to flow through the same pipe then the amount of pressure needed will be greater.

A solar inverter works the same way; if a lot of energy must be distributed through small cables or said cables cover long distances more pressure is added to distribute the power, this is done so by raising the voltage of the AC.

The AC voltage is under constant monitoring by the grid connectors; if the voltage raises too much then it is automatically shut down if the cables are too small or cover to long of a distance this can occur even when it should be generating at its best.

In a situation such as the one described above by using a 3 phase solar inverter the energy being pushed through each phase will be cut by a third; in other words a 3 phase inverter does not have to work as much as a single phase inverter of the same capacity. If the inverter does not have to push as hard then the voltage will not go up to the extreme that it must be shut down by the inverter.

This is only a problem if the solar power system of three to five kilowatt systems is located far away from the street power lines and or if the power cables of the AC inverter connecting back to the power lines in the street are too small.

If you are located in a rural area where the property is far from the power lines in the street then a site inspection is highly recommended; this way we can make a qualified assessment and decide whether your property would need a 3 phase solar inverter or if a single phase one will suffice. Through an inspection we are able to calculate the amount of voltage which could be expected to rise as well as how efficiently a system would run on your property.

In Conclusion:

On a rural property where the installation of a solar energy system may have to be done at a distance from the street power lines a three to five kilowatt 3 phase solar inverter would be necessary. The reason being is that the inverter may have to increase the voltage over its limits to force the power that is being directed back to the street. Whether or not this is necessary can only be determined by inspecting the site which can be done by one of our qualified experts here at Qld Solar & Lighting.


Read more about Single phase inverters on a 3phase property.

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GCL Solar Panels review


GCL Solar Panels review



gcl solar panels review

GCL Panels have lifted their standards and are now worth considering installing on your roof!

GCL Solar Panels  have come a long way since they first hit Australia and are considered a decent solar panel to use in the cheaper end of the Tier 1 range.


Since 2009 GCL-Poly has been the largest manufacturer and supplier of PolySilicon in Asia, and they also are a huge manufacturer of electronic wafers for many other solar companies in the solar industry.

Why was Australia inundated with GCL Solar panels in 2015?

As you can read here, GCL plans to really get their hands in the Solar Industry, both globally, but are prepared to have a real decent crack at dominating the solar market in Australia.

GCL Solar has just recently announced that they have bought a 51% share in one of Australia’s solar Wholesale retailers, One Stop Warehouse – This is why you see them offered by every Tom, Dick and Harry selling solar at the moment, the solar companies local wholesaler has clearly whispered in their ear when last talking about stock order, I imagine it would have gone something like this.

Solar Company; ‘Darty, I want to place a new order for stock on this months jobs’


One Stop Warehouse:’ Sure,  but… I’ve got some new GCL Solar panels in from China, they are a new thing here in Australia from China, and they appear very impressive, tell you what, I’ll do you a deal on them and see how we go from there?’


Customer: ‘Sure, for that price can’t really go wrong, sounds great!’


GCL have been in Australia for near 2 years now and have come a long way in that time.




And now it has been nearly 2 years or so months that has passed, and while GCL were not considered a quality solar panel in their time of reception, we have been supplied a recent panel from GCL in 2017 and we can say that much improvement that was needed has been made.

GCL has changed the way they have traditionally been manufacturing their panels. They have updated their factory and it is good to see that they have been keeping up with the well-known solar manufacturers and who knows, could even be well and truly working their way to being considered a Premium solar panel manufacturer one day.

GCL have now optimised their production

All panels are manufactured in-house to ensure quality control – This is a massive point of difference and will result in a higher quality build and better performing panels.

Genuine MC4’s are now used on the panels.


GCL Solar panels – Poor build quality (Previously before 2017)

GCL Solar panels MC 4

Non-geniuine MC4 connectors. Just cheap Chinese crap used previously, in 2015. Now GCL are using the real thing.

GCL Solar panels

Even the Labels on the older GCL panels were not good.


Click here to see more photo’s of GCL’s 275 watt previous poor manufacturing  quality from 2015

GCL solar have been inUSA since entering that market way back in 2010.





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Can I Use A 5kw Inverter For Installing 6.5kw Of Panels?


Can I Use A 5kw Inverter For Installing 6.5kw Of Panels?

In this article we will first be addressing the question of the ability of the inverter to handle excess power. Then we will take a look at what is said by the Australian regulations about the oversizing practice, and hopefully some changes that are imminent. We will finally see if it supersizing your solar is a good idea given your situation.

Inverter Capability

Manufacturers of inverters specify what the maximum input capacity is on their specification. It is often expressed in amps and volts instead of watts. For example, SMA, document a very conservative maximum input. However, when their technical support team is called, they explain away this limit. They increase the limit, and supporting documentation is sent. All inverters, in short are worth their salt, are able to handle input power that is a lot higher than an electrician would ever try to connect. This is due to the fact that electricians take a conservative approach when it comes to Australian regulations.

Limitations To Regulations

The reason that solar in Australia has been successful is due to the Renewable Energy Credits programme from the federal government. The credits get paid proportionally on how much renewal energy that will be produced by a system, or most importantly, how much carbon is going to be offset within a 15 year period. A financial incentive of around $5,000 will be attracted by a 6.5kW solar system under the programme. There are strict regulations mandating the way systems must be installed to ensure the success of this program. The body responsible for coming up with regulations and standards for promoting renewable energy is the Clean Energy Council. The clear thinkers at the Clean Energy Council understand that a 5KW of solar panels operates only at 5000w whenever the temperature is at 25 degrees, the sun is shining at a 90-degree angle towards the panels, and there is 1000w worth of irradiation. In other words: hardly ever. In order to get good use from your inverter, it is clearly a good idea to oversize. However, by how much? The panel capacity, according to the CEC, shouldn’t be over 33 percent of the inverter’s nominal output before the production of your panel starts to get wasted, and there is a misuse of the payout of the Renewable Energy Credit.

Energex Limitations

Why not buy a 6kW inverter then? If your house runs on a single phase (like most households do), then Energex will just approve an inverter up to 5kW.

If your home has 3 phase, an application can be submitted by use to Energex to get a large system. Processing can take a couple of months and it might or might not be approved. Also, because the most common sizes of inverters used are 10kW and 5kW inverters, inverters in this range are un-proportionally expensive.

Limitation Of Nominal Output

You might have noticed we mentioned maximum output and nominal output. So what is the difference between the two?

Maximum output is the amount your inverter outputs on a day that is perfect (within tolerance). A majority of 5kW inverters have a 500W maximum output. If your panel array is oversized, a 5000w inverter reaching 5100w is not unusual.

Nominal output is basically a joke. It is merely whatever the manufacturer of the inverter decides to label it in order to meet the thresholds of a specific power authority. Thanks to SMA, the solar giant, a nominal output is 4.6kW from Germany’s regulation, despite that the inverter can run at 5000W easily.

That is important due to the fact that CEC only allows for a system to be oversized by a maximum of 333 percent of its nominal output. So what that means is the SMA 5kW inverter, which is made in Germany, and all who have followed the same path, are limited to just 1.33 x 4.6kw = 6.118kW.

Inverters like SolarEdge, on the other hand, have a complete 5.0kW nominal output. Those inverters are able to manage 6.6kW of panels, providing you with 500W more for your money.

It is that annoying “nominal output” leaving many companies such as Appolo Solar marketing a 6.5kW of panel on the Sungrow 5Kw inverter having a 4.6kw nominal output. They cannot technically claim the $5,000 renewable energy credits on those jobs.

People at the Clean Energy Council currently are working on getting this outdated rule updated. Hopefully we will be able to update this information later in 2016. Then we can use the maximum rather than nominal output, or have a solution that is more nuanced.

Your Investment

The Inverter manufacturer is fine with your panel array being oversized, and it is considered to be financially responsible by the Clean Energy Council. However, does your roof need that big of a system. We often recommend a 6.5kW system if you have a pool or electric hot water system, or your bills is more than $500 per quarter.

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Can You Use A Single Phase Inverter If You’re On A Three-Phase Property?


Question: I have 3 phase power, and want to cover the power on each phase. However, I’ve been quoted for a one phase solar inverter. Will I have to pay for the power that’s consumed on the other two phases that solar doesn’t cover?

That’s a good question. Let’s take a closer look:

SMA 3-phase and 1-phase solar inverters

Whoever installs a solar energy system in their home probably worries about saving on their energy bill, and wants to do that in the most efficient manner as possible. As the amount paid for feed in tariffs in Australia lowers, it becomes a great idea to do your best the use the entirety of the solar power produced at your home, instead of sending the surplus back to the grid. On the Gold cost, we have been paying approximately 25 cents, including GST, for every kWh we get from the street – but we only get paid 12c for the surplus solar power that we send back, from retailer Click Energy. You won’t have to do much math in order to figure out it’s best to use that solar power instead of sending it back to the grid as surplus – but how exactly is it that surplus power works when you have a single phase system on a three-phase supply? Read on to find out more about the best to do in such situations.

Three-phase Power With Solar On One Phase – What Happens

If your inverter is single-phase and you have a three-phase supply at your home, then the surplus of the solar power you produce (the amount that exceeds your consumption) gets sent back to the grid. This is what happens physically, and this may make you think it’s best to either get a three-phase one or load up the phase that has has solar with everything that gets used in the day, so you make sure as little as possible gets sent back as surplus. If you’re billed for what physically happens, it would be entirely correct. The most important thing is what gets metered by you’re areas provider, and, consequentially, what you get billed for.

Single Phase Power On A Three Phase Meter – What Gets Metered

Emergex utilizes an Atlas EDMI 3 phase meter here on the Gold Coast. These are the meters utilized by Energex in many other areas of Australia as well – you can learn more about the Atlas EDMI polyphase meter and how to read it right here. When the meter gets programmed to handle surplus power, it makes sure to take into account power consumption on each of the three phases before considering any power surplus to what you need.

For example: If a home utilizes 400W of power on each of the three phases, it’s 1200W in total (400 watts times three) of power being consumed. Suppose a solar power system is connected to a phase of the house, and that it’s outputting 1500W into that phase.

If 400W power is being used on the phase where the solar energy is connected, and the inverter is producing a total of 1500W, it will consider 1100W surplus – 1500W minus the 400W used on the phase. This amount is going to be sent back to the grid, since the meter will consider it surplus power.

In such cases, the Atlas EDMI 3 meter would see the power getting consumed on each of the three phases – in our example, 1200W. It would only consider your energy a surplus after the combined consumption gets covered – in our example, the surplus would be of only 300W – the 1500W consumed, minus the 1200W produced. Only that amount would be sent back to the grid.

What Should You Do Then?

In the end, all of this means that, regarding using as much of your produced solar energy for consumption as possible, is that it does not matter whether you have a three-phase or single-phase solar inverter – it will cover all of your power consumption on all phases connected to your peak tariff either way, before considering your power surplus. Single phase inverters are significantly cheaper than 3-phase ones, so they tend to be the first choice – but there are cases in which a three-phase inverter would be the best for your system.

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How to Clean Solar Panels


Tips on How to Clean Solar Panels

Solar panels don’t possess any moving parts, which makes their maintenance fairly easy compared to other energy sources. However cleaning is one aspect of dealing with them that cannot be taken lightly, as this will only make them function at a reduced capacity.


How to Clean Solar Panels


This article will give you more information on making solar panel cleaning easier and more efficient:

  • Check with your solar panel manufacturer first, as they may have a specific set of recommendations when it comes to cleaning. Solar panels can become really hot in direct sunlight, so you should clean them during the afternoon or early morning as well as cool days with overcast weather. You should try using a garden hose to see whether this will help get the job done. If there is a lot of dust and dirt stuck to the panels, then you may need to clean with a lot more effort.
  • Fill a bucket with soap and warm water and you will need no other special equipment. Clean the surface of the solar panels by using a sponge or a soft cloth instead. That way you will not have to worry about scratching it, not to mention you will not have to clean the wiring underneath.
  • Take extra caution when you are dealing with solar panels that need you to climb roofs. Professional cleaners will help make that type of cleaning easier to handle, so consider making a call and using them if you need them.
  • Why should you work on cleaning your solar panels to begin with? Well as a result of continued exposure to the elements and other sources of pollutants, such as dust, pollen, dirt, bird droppings and a whole lot more can affect your solar panels in a very negative way. As Google found out with their Mountain View solar farm in California, the cleaning of solar panels can more than double their power output if it is done regularly.
  • How much money would it cost if you neglect your solar panels and avoid cleaning them? Well it would be reasonable to consider that panels can lose about 25% of their efficiency if they are not cleaned often. This is a serious problem, as it means your panels will produce less electricity and you will need to supplement your power somehow. This would obviously slow down the payback time as well.
  • How often should we deal with cleaning our solar panels? Well for starters, there will be more pollution in the winter, believe it or not so spring will be a good time to deal with your major annual cleaning job. Solar panels that have been cleaned once or twice a year will be more efficient than the ones that were not touched at all. Certain locations require more care than others however.
  • Some regions that see limited rainfall will see faster accumulation of dust and dirt, especially if the solar panels have been installed near freeways, factories, airports and so forth. These will need cleaning a lot more often than others. You should also make sure you remove snow and leaves during winter and the fall seasons.
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Tesla Powerwall Brisbane


The Tesla Powerwall is a battery for home use that holds the electricity that is generated via solar panels. It’s ideal for night use and will help to power the home. It’s automated, simple to use, compact and easy to install. It allows the user the maximum benefit of power consumption from solar power.

Tesla battery and solar system upgrade

Will everyone soon throw one of these in their house and add to their existing solar system?

There are several models to choose from and several different sizes so there’s a size for every need whether large or small.

It’s ideal for anyone looking to maximize their solar power use, it will offer a variety of backup solutions for power supply’s. It even allows the user to live off of the grid should they so desire.

Bridging the gap between solar power and the peak demand hours, it allows those using solar power to use the photons when they are needed which means they can be stored away and utilized at a later time.

When solar panels are combined with a Powerwall home battery the power is used when it’s needed. It’s simple to store it up and utilize it later or even at night.

Excess power can also be sold back to the power company which is one of the best perks of owning solar panels. Net Zero energy ratings tell homeowners that they are producing all of their energy yet still connected to the energy grid during peak periods of energy consumption.

Should there be a power outage, Powerwall will be able to supply the entire home as well as any select appliances that are set up to receive said energy.

Visit Tesla’s Australian wesbite here.

When combined with solar panels, the Powerwall allows the home to use solar power during any power outage.

Typical generation home batteries are very bulky and costly to have installed. They are also very pricey to maintain. By contrast, the Telsa Powerwall offers a lithium ion battery and uses Tesla’s proven auto battery that powers the home safely and efficiently. It is quick and easy to install and doesn’t require any maintenance.

Since an inverter is required for converting the power into a form of electricity that the homeowner can utilize, Tesla Powerwall systems include solar panels as well as an inverter that converts the electricity that has been generated into the alternate current that is used via the power plugs.

It’s an ideal form of secondary power that will work well to power up the key appliances depending how the homeowners choose to utilize the power.

Sunlight is collected into the power panels and, in turn, charges up the Powerwall that powers the home. These panels are designed to store the energy for a period of time and keep them safe so that when the homeowner requires the power they will be able to rely upon it.


how does tesla powerwall work

In a nutshell, this is how the Tesla powerwall can help you.

As the solar panels are charging up the Powerwall, they will reduce the power bill by moving the location of the energy consumption from on the grid, to off of the grid.

The battery is then charged and generates the solar panels to and from the utility grid. Homeowners who are residing in Brisbane and the Gold Coast region will appreciate how easy this works and how it can save a lot of money on their energy consumption.

While there is an investment required to get the Tesla Powerwall set up and running, the savings that are generated over the course of time will more than pay for the Tesla Powerwall and begin to save the homeowner a lot of money.

Additionally, when there is excess power being generated, the homeowner may begin to see credits on their account and earn some additional money making this a win-win situation.

Inverters are used to convert the direct current from the solar panels to the grid and lastly, to the home to power up the lighting and any appliances that are set up to run off of the Powerwall.


Are Solar Batteries worth it in Queensland?


Tesla Powerwalls will need Compatible inverters – Fronius Primo Hybrid?

The most exciting Hybrid solar inverter coming to the Australian market and Brisbane is the Fronius Primo Hybrid which is an adaptation of the highly successful and the est solar inverter you can buy at the moment, the Fronius Primo standard. The Fronius Primo Hybrid has been modelled to specifically accomodate the Tesla Powerwall and will be the first major inverter available to accomodate the Tesla Powerwall so well.

Tesla powerwall Fronius Primo Hybrid inverter release date

The Tesla Powerwall bolts straight into this upcoming Fronius Primo hybrid inverter!!

Check out the Spec sheet for the Fronius Primo Hybrid ready for a Tesla Powerwall to bolt straight on.

fronius-primo-hybrid-updated –

All of the installations will require the compatible inverter. In order to maximize the solar power consumption, there is also a meter that is installed alongside this equipment that will work to measure the production of solar power and the use of the solar power in the home. This is an ideal way to track the solar power and follow the energy savings.

Inverters work to move the electricity from the solar panel to the home’s Powerwall battery system and then on to the electrical panel in the home. Here it is used to power things up in the home.

Applications that aren’t designed to be used in this fashion will utilize the power that is then generated via the electrical grid.

Many backup installations could require a secondary electrical panel that will run the required appliances. Not all appliances will work properly on solar power so care must be taken to ensure that if solar power is being used all of the appliances that are going to be run off of the solar power are compatible with solar power.

Homeowners who don’t follow this will find that their appliances aren’t running properly and perhaps are breaking down more frequently. It’s, therefore, critical to understanding the need for the secondary electrical panel and follow the guidelines to set up the appliances that will be used with the solar power.

Backup installations could also require secondary panels and outlets in which the homeowner could plug them in. There is a special switch that automatically switches the backup panel on should there be a power outage in the area. This would then run the home off of the solar power automatically.

When utilized with the switch, the electricity can be kept running during any outage. Backup is a feature that is optional, however, most homeowners choose to set this up in order to have it all running smoothly and shifting from one power source to the other without effort.

With a Powerwall system, homeowners will have 7K Wh energy capacity for storage which is plenty of power to use during the dark hours of the night.

How much will a Tesla Powerwall cost in Brisbane?


You can expect to pay around the $10,000 AUD for a Tesla installed ton a existing solar system in the Brisbane and Gold Coast region.

More accurate pricing will be given when announced.

West Australia is currently leading the charge in regards to the Tesla Powerwall.



Check out the imipressive rumoured specifactions of the Tesla Powerwall


Many homeowners utilize multiple batteries together to achieve more energy levels such as 10K Wh for even more power charges. Batteries may be strung and installed together to boost the power levels of the home.

There are a wide variety of options for homeowners when it comes to the batteries. There are wall mounted versions as well as floor mount.

All batteries must be rechargeable lithium ion batteries that offer liquid thermal control. Single phase as well as three phase utility grid compatible.

All batteries must be rated for both indoor and outdoor use. Installation should be done by an electrician who has been trained in installing them properly for best results.

Tesla Powerwall must be compliant with the relevant safety and the electrical standards at the time of installation.

They must be installed by a trained professional who understands the proper procedures and process of the installation.

Homeowners and business owners who are seeking a way to reduce their electrical costs will appreciate how easy it is to install the Powerwall and begin to save money on electricity from the moment of inception.

Solar Batteries for Businesses

By allowing homeowners and businesses the opportunity to reduce their peak demand for power and shift their energy consumption profile to the solar panel grid, a large sum of money can be saved. Solar panel systems using the Tesla Powerwall will more than pay for themselves in just a short amount of time.

These turn-key solutions to living off of the power grid are one of the many ways that consumers are reducing the cost of electricity and their usage.

By taking advantage of such solutions businesses and homeowners alike are able to fully integrate such systems into their dwellings.

Serving a wide range of applications, Powerwall pack solutions are the ideal solution for saving money and replacing peak capacity provision. There are a variety of options so consumers should peruse their options before fully committing to the solution they choose.

However, it’s worthy of note that not all systems are the same. Tesla Powerwall is by and far the most favored of the solar panels systems in use in the Brisbane and the Gold Coast area’s today.

Users enjoy lower utility costs and living off of the grid. Power outages are no challenge for anyone who has a solar power setup.

Choosing the right batteries to store the energy is tantamount to providing enough power to the home. Without the right type and amount of batteries, there won’t be enough energy stored up for use in the home when it’s needed.

Since electricity prices may vary from one region to another the savings will also vary. The average homeowner or business owner will typically pay .51 per night compared to the power grid that will charge $1.57.

Savings will quickly accumulate and it may take up to a year or more to actually pay back the cost of the Tesla Powerwall. In short, businesses and homes that put the Tesla Powerwall in place could end up earning money in short order.

An excellent concept, Powerwall isn’t a newcomer on the block. The system has been around for awhile however, the word didn’t leak out immediately about how well it works.

The biggest benefit of Powerwall is that it’s compact and easy to install when compared to previous systems that are much bulkier and require more space.

Ideal as a solution for areas that frequently experience blackouts, solar power is an all natural, renewable source of energy that is ever present and ready.

As more units are being produced, the cost of such systems is rapidly dropping and these units are becoming more and more popular with homeowners and business owners alike.

While the price of electricity may vary from one area to another, the price of the Tesla Powerwall may also vary from one area to the other. Let the numbers do the talking when considering what route to go. The savings alone are well worth the time and effort of installing such a system.

Another great benefit of Powerwall is that users can “time-shift” the power in order to save money during peak power use times. This means that peak hours can be using solar power while nonpeak hours can use the regular power from the grid.

Some grids are referred to as “smart redundant” and they share power between more than one home without having to use any power from the grid. However, this involves a larger Tesla Powerwall system but for homeowners that wish to go this route, it’s very doable and an excellent way to save money and design a solar power community.

By placing the solar panels in the right location, users can reap the benefits of virtually free power once the system has been paid for.

The size of the system will depend upon the size of the home or business and the amount of energy that is required to power it up.

Most homeowners start out small and work their way up to a larger system once they get the hang of it. It’s virtually impossible to go wrong when homeowners choose to go solar.

By starting small and working the way up, it can allow the homeowner to save more in the long run. Once the solar system is paid for, the homeowner can enjoy virtually free power for the remainder of the time that they live in said location.

Tesla Powerwall for Brisbane and Gold Coast homeowners is an ideal solution to the dilemma of how to deal with soaring power costs. Taking matters into their own hands and relying upon solar power is an ideal solution that many are turning to as the price of electricity skyrockets.

Whether starting out small or starting out large, homeowners are able to determine what their bills will be and live within their means. Tesla Powerwall is an ideal solution to the soaring costs of electricity and will be the perfect way to save money.

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True Value Solar – Terms & Conditions


over the last few years and especially in recent times, Queensland solar and lighting has rescued many, many customers who had signed up to a true value solar special deal they had seen advertised on the television, and naturally thought that that was a fantastic bargain.

The true value solar special deal turned out to be anything but a special deal. It appears that the reason why these solar systems are so cheap are all outlined in their terms and conditions that they try to not show customers upon contract signing and deposit paid. We recently converted a customer who had signed and paid their deposit with true value solar.

The good thing about signing up with true value solar is the fact that you have a 10 day cooling off period in order to cancel your solar contract and have your money refunded to you. If you are reading this and having second thoughts on whether to go through with your solar power installation with true value solar, I suggest you have a good hard look at their terms and conditions -which they are probably neglected to email you as they even say themselves that they will supply these on the day of installation -when it’s too late to read them…,

But the good news is Queensland Solar and Lighting has acquired a copy of True Value Solar’s Terms and Conditions.

Now let’s go through true value solar’s terms and conditions… On their website!

True Value Solar has a webpage dedicated to their Terms & Conditions, but they don’t actually state all their T’s & C’s as they even say here that the ‘real copy will be delivered on day of install’

true value solar terms and conditions

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A) This means that  the quoted and agreed price is actually not the real price at all, as your real price is determined by the ever-fluctuating ‘STC Price’

STC’s are a commodity that are freely traded and vary in price daily just like any other commodity in the world –  You can click here to see what the price is today and how they have changed value in recent times.

The Catch: There wouldn’t be too many other solar companies out there STILL using this sneaky trick which was more common back in 2010/2011. But there was more fluctuation in the STC prices back then, and also a whole lot more given per install. To have this clause in your contract in 2016 is just plain weird… If a TVS quote has * STC’s valued at $40, but they are really valued at $38 on the market, and you get 124 per 6kw of solar panels, Your TVS quote would appear that you are getting $4960 of STC Credit. But remember they might not be worth $40 on the day, Just $38… that means your rebate is only $4712. So as their contract says, you will need to make the difference of $248… Easy money for TVS!


B) What ethical and trustworthy company hides an Admin fee?

The Catch:This means that the advertised price really has another $127 to be added to it, Ha, unbelievable. The honest way of doing it is to advertise the price with all the ‘admin fee’ bullcrap built into the price!


C) This means that you may be required to pay extra for the solar system on the day of install.

The Catch: 

Honest and reputable solar companies like Qld Solar & Lighting will give you a quote and system contract with all meterboard upgrades included on the price quoted to ensure that there is no ‘hidden extras’ on the day of installation. Clearly this is not happening here. This is where the TVS sub-contractor makes his cream on top of the installation payment, and gives you a quote on the day of installation.

So if a customer is comparing 2 solar solar quotes, the local solar company being $5000 and includes all meter board upgrade work,  but True Value Solar quote seems more attractive because the price totals $4600 with the same gear and install, they may opt to go with the TVS to ‘save money’, but come installation day, the installer wants $700 to upgrade the meterbox to standard – Oh no, their solar system just cost them $5300! $300 more than what they could have spent!


true value solar hidden charges and fees

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D)  But you told the True Value Solar Sales representative that you have a Double Storey house with a Tiled roof – Good lord, what’s the extra’s going to be come installation day for that?

The Catch: True Value solar installers will likely turn up and let you know that the installation for a tiled roof on a double storey home is quite a bit more than what the customer had expected 

true value solar customer complaints

This is the BIG ONE – Click to read

E)  What? So you don’t actually get given the ‘real Terms and Conditions’ until day of install?? Oh my goodness!

The Catch: You wouldn’t know what other ‘Hidden Nasties’ there REALLY is until day of install, as they are just ‘handed to you’ by the sub-contractor installer in a rush to start on his install – You, won’t be reading them, you will be too interested in barking orders at them or engaged in some conversation with them prior or during the install… or are the Terms & Conditions actually handed to you after you have transferred the balance remaining and fully paid for the solar system?  

Now, these are just the Terms and Conditions that are outlined on the TVS website… Not that many there, surely there’s more…

and there is… these are the ‘separate Terms & Conditions’  that are ‘given to you on day of installation’

We acquired these after a customer asked us to price match a quote they were given, we said that we will have a look. 2 minutes later customers sends through what I have been expecting, the True Value Solar Boxing day special quote – at an unbelievable price. There was the contract and payment instructions to accept. but no ‘Terms and conditions’.

I asked the customer to send through the ‘Terms and Conditions’ but he replied ‘There is none’ – See for yourself below!

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after he paid the deposit, he still doesn’t have the Terms and Conditions…

We got the customer to go back to True Value Solar, and SPECIFICALLY ASK FOR THEM… This was after they had paid their 10% deposit! They really intended on dropping this document to them on the day of installation. Who knows if it was going to be before or after the solar panel installation – Crikey!


So let’s have a look at the real Terms & Conditions shall we?

True value solars real terms and conditions given at time of install

How many of you were emailed a PDF document that looks like this? This customer wasn’t – He had to ask!


true value solar terms and conditions part 2


true value solar bad install

What on earth is defined as a ‘minor defect’?


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true value solar not installing solar components quoted

Does TVS not have any intentions of actually installing the products they write in the contract?   


how to cancel true value solar contract

So what does this mean if you dont want the replacement solar panels and inverters they have provided on the morning of install? does this mean you have to pay a cancellation fee? Because its in the Terms and Conditions that they are allowed to rock up with different gear…   


true value solar dodgy installs

Installers damage the system and the customer has to foot the bill?


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customer complaints and reviews true value solar

We sell systems to partners, parents, tenants, various family members etc, all the time. Does this mean WARRANTY VOID?… Read and understood the quote and Terms and Conditions, it wasn’t even going to be given to customer until day of install?!

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So what does that mean for NSW and Queensland True Value Solar installs?

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So there you have it, True Value Solar has some interesting clauses in their Terms and Conditions. It’s no wonder why they tried so hard to hide and not send to their potential customer. If you are considering using True Value Solar after reading through their Terms and Conditions with us, I wish you the best of luck on your solar install and purchase.

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Brisbane Solar Reviews & Installation


Why is QLD Solar and Lighting best solar company in Brisbane?

When a customer begins looking for solar power systems their main concern is to ultimately, at the end of their solar research is to stumble across what they hope to be the best solar company in Brisbane.

We know that a customer is searching for the best products at the best price. We know this, because they tell us this. We always try to offer the best value solar systems for sale in the South East Queensland region of Australia.

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Best Solar Warranty in Brisbane

Queensland solar offer the best warranties on the market. This being a 10 year workmanship warranty. The reason why we can offer such a fantastic workmanship warranty on the solar install is because we use our own ‘in-house electricians’ as solar installers. Whereas other solar companies take advantage of the cheap labour on hire from local solar subcontractor installers who offer their services or an extremely cheap price.

One thing we all know that as you pay peanuts, you will get monkeys. We simply cannot offer a 10 year workmanship warranty if we have no idea how a foreign solar subcontractor does their install, and the quality of their work. This is why we ensure to only use in-house installers who are employees, as we can personally guarantee their work. We know that they do a good job. If they did a poor job – they would be fired, simple as that!

Queensland solar and very rarely pays money for advertising. Most of our happy solar customers who find us, do so from running a solar search on the Internet. Isn’t that how you found us? Our website only costs us $50 per year to run. And when we get about five solar customers every week from the website that adds up to be quite a substantial saving for us on marketing fees. So what we do, is offer the best price that we can. We truly pass the savings on to you guys, the customer.


Best Solar Products used in Brisbane

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Click here to check out QLD Solar & Lightings most popular deal!

We have been around long enough to know what products are cheap and nasty, and what products will most likely stand the test of time. Like everyone, Queensland solar love a bargain also. And it’s hard not to be drawn into incredible crazy prices fall solar equipment, panels, inverters and components. You need to remember, we shop for solar products just as you residential and commercial customers do. The only difference is you guys shop for retail solar systems, and we shop for wholesale solar products to then sell on to you. There’s not too much difference there – if we get burnt, you get burnt.

Unfortunately, but also fortunately for you, is the fact that we have been caught out by being caught up in all the ‘cheap deals’ from wholesalers also. We once stocked JFY solar inverters – something we wholeheartedly regret. Hindsight is a tremendous thing. Some customers were left out without an inverter for up to 2 months, as JFY went missing in action and were not cooperating with replacing customers faulty inverters. But in the end, all customers were replaced with working solar inverters, but at least they had learnt what a ‘cheaper product’ now usually means. Poorer service and reliability.

Because we have been in the solar industry in Brisbane and the surrounding regions for so long we know solar power like the back of our hands. We have accumulated a wealth of knowledge on what solar brands and types work best in the local region. We know what a customer in Brisbane is predominantly after, and offer to share heaps of valuable tips and tricks that we have learnt from competitors in the local Brisbane solar industry that we love to share with you. You can search the web, and trawl through pages and pages of competitors websites but you will never find anything quite like this one. This website is definitely unique, in the fact that it breaks down the overcomplicated solar panel data sheet and technical talk mumbo-jumbo and put it so it can be easily understood into layman’s terms. How do we know this? Because we are told time and time again from our customers.

We genuinely care about our customers

We genuinely love our customers. If you go ahead and purchase a solar system through us, either for your house or your business, don’t be surprised if we call you up out of the blue and just ask you, “How is your solar system going? Has it met yours expectations? Do you have any questions that you wish to ask us in regards to the operation of your solar power system?”

happy solar customers of qld solar and lighting

This approach sure beats the hell out of a solar company not answering their fines or emails when problems really occur, like a faulty solar inverter for example. We are a local company, you can come and visit our office any time you wish.

Our Installation

QLD Solar and Lighting instaalling solar in Brisbane

We install not only using reputable solar panel and solar inverter brands, but also state-of-the-art installation components. For example,we use Grace Solar and Antai Solar racking ZJBeny isolators. You can read more about how we do our install here.


Still not convinced Qld Solar and Lighting is the best solar company in Brisbane and Gold Coast? request a free quote from us and see what we can do for you!



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TopSolar Panels Review

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A great bang-for-buck panel

We have been selling and installing TopSola solar panels for over 12 months now and we are very happy with what we see. The Topsolar Solar panels are proving to perform, just as strong in this first 12 months as their more expensive competitors, JINKO and CSun panels. Although Topsolar Panels are cheaper, you would not pick it, as their build quality appears unremarkable.

Top Solar panels have been sold and installed in Australia for well over 5 years now. It took us quite a few years to get the courage up to begin to install a new and foreign panel to us. We are certainly delighted to have had the guys from Top Solar approach us for panel testing and inspection over 12 months ago.


TOPSOLAR Solar Panels reviews

Our installers and customers aren’t the only guys in the world that think TopSola Panels are a great choice for any solar system. Check out these favourable Top Solar panels reviews here.

Topsola have been making solar panels since 2007, but parent company, has been around since 1994. As you can see, the company is not some new start-up company, founded only a few months ago to capitalise on the ever increasing global solar market… They already did that back in 2007!

You can visit the Australian Top Solar website here.


solar panels factory China

Here are the Chinese workers, pumping out a hard days work at the TopSola factory, ready to be sent to Qld Solar and Lighting.

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Like everything Made in China, boxed up, crammed in a dodgy old truck and boosted off on a nearby waiting contsainer ship.


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Then a month later, they arrive safely at Qu
eensland Solar and Lighting’s warehouse. too easy!
We have no shortage of TopSola panels!

Thanks for reading our Top Solar Panel review. In conclusion, they are a very well made and excellently priced demonstration of a great panel that has proven to stand the test of time in this ever-changing, fast-paced Solar Industry!

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Micro-inverters Vs DC optimizers


Are you confused about what to choose: Micro-inverters vs. dc optimizers

Microinverter Vs DC Optimizer

If you are reading this, then probably you’re thinking to yourself which among the two is better for installation to serve your purpose while being cheaper and reliable. Through this article I will try to provide you insights on which of the two inverters you should go for depending on your necessity.

The most commonly and traditionally used inverters are the string inverters. They are widely used mainly because of their low cost and easy market availability. Though it poses some hurdles as the output is not optimized and reduces dramatically when temperature changes occur.

Ways of connecting a solar panel together

If you use a battery ready solar system and yours is an un-shaded roof, then the most convenient choice would be a conventional string system inverter.  But if yours is a multi-faceted roof then the conventional string inverter would not yield the optimum result and you are basically left with these two choices:


They are designed in such a way that they can be attached to every solar panel on your roof.  The current from these panels are converted and is transmitted at 240V AC from each micro-inverter which are connected in parallel. This connection is directly connected to the switch board for your utilization.


These are DC/DC converters which are connected to each PV module thus replacing the traditionally used solar junction box. They increase the energy output by constantly tracking the maximum power point (MPPT) connected to each module. The generated power is transmitted at a high DC voltage (200-550V DC) which is then converted by the inverter into AC

Pros and cons: Micro-Inverters VS. Power optimizers

We now have the basic knowledge about the functioning of these two systems. Here I will compare some of the key factors such as price, efficiency etc. to give you some more ideas as to which of these two will serve you better.


The price of an optimizer is lesser than that of a micro based system (including the inverter and DC protection gear) although recent technological advancements are closing the gap quickly.

Installation Cost

Micro inverters use plug and play connectors and are faster. On the other hand optimizers may require Dc cabling protection equipment on the roof.


Both micro inverters and power optimizers yield a marginally higher efficiency than string inverters as they optimize the panel output individually. The difference between these two is so minuscule that it’s not worth considering.


For larger commercial installation optimizers prove to be advantageous as larger string inverters get cheaper as they get bigger and ‘double optimizers’ can parallelly take input from two different panels and further provide more benefits.


In an optimizer based system if a single string of inverter fails, there is a shut down to the whole system and in adverse cases the strings go down too. Alternatively in a micro based system there’s no effect on the whole system and it continues to work even during the failure of one unit. This is because there is no single point of failure.


High voltage DC continues to be a threat while working with power optimizers. Whereas micro-inverters don’t allow the passage for DC. It is immediately converted to AC.

It’s clear that there’s no clear leader among the two. We’ll have to wait and watch what the technological advancements in the future has to offer.

I would like to conclude by saying if you are considering something of cheaper price then go for optimizers and if you are planning on a lifetime use then micro inverters should be your choice.



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Solar revolution in Blue Mountains:


The community at Blue Mountains, west of Sydney is seemingly keen on exploring new horizons of sustainability and environment consciousness during these months. This is in regard to the recent urge to collectively harness solar energy with the upcoming community elections as a precursor. This requires that each and every voter gets this message across.

This initiative would not only help people tackle soaring electricity costs but also play a vital role in preserving the natural bounty of Blue Mountains by switching to a more environment-friendly and economical alternative. All of this has been promoted with two major solar organizations coming up actively in the backdrop of the nearing elections in the place.



One of them named BMRenew has been recently launched with great pomp and show off recently. It was quite a high-end affair, with major dignitaries turning up in attendance. These included former Federal Court Judge, Murray Wilcox. Blue Mountains City Council Mayor, Daniel Myles was also present to extend his support to this noble initiative.

The BMRenew is a volunteer initiative aimed at promoting renewable energy projects spread over an entire community level. Its underlying objective is to compete with successful community solar organisations in other parts of the world and match up to their international standards of environment sustainability.

The Blue Mountains have also witnessed the popular launch of another community organization Solar Citizens, drawn on similar lines of tapping potential solar energy resources for a better tomorrow. It is being carried out all over Australia with a more direct approach than other community solar organisations. The plan is to articulate the growing need for solar energy as a viable alternative to existing exhaustive resources.

The campaign manager at Solar Citizens, Dr.Geoff Evans rightly stated how election periods are used profitably by parties to make long-term policy commitments but very little is actually implemented effectively in the direction of obtaining cheap, clean energy for the goodwill the entire community and its environment. The elections are being viewed as a possible tool to create effective environment awareness as well as make it an important public opinion based on which they would cast their valuable vote.

Blue mountains:

A scenario of solar revolution has evolved in Blue Mountains where this novel viewpoint is being promoted at various local and regional levels, extending from promotional market spaces to conventional door-knocking promotions. Voters who value the future prospects of solar energy are being gathered in huge numbers.

As pointed out by Dr.Evans, over 900 homes have set up solar panels and hot water tanks on their roofs which indicate the growing awareness of the voters with regard to renewable energy and sustainability. Community organizations like BMRenew and Solar Citizens play a pivotal role in taking a step further towards such a viable venture which is surely going to usher in a new sunshine in the Blue Mountains in near future.


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Renewable energy given credit for 70% carbon dioxide emission reduction


70% of CO2 emission reduction due to renewable energy :

Renewable energy and implemented energy efficiency measures have finally accomplished a quite uncertain possibility in the recent days. According to a report by Greenpeace, there has been a carbon emissions have taken a 70% dip in the US since 2007. The credits go to renewable energy and implemented energy efficiency measures over the last few years.


However the detractors of renewable energy want to steal limelight by putting forward other arguments. According to them the drop in carbon dioxide emissions are a result of natural gas boom more popularly known as the fracking boom. It has very less or nothing to do with renewable energy although the statistics say otherwise.

Greenpeace analysis:

Lauri Myllyvirta, energy analyst at Greenpeace has cracked all the pertaining figures and published them at the Greenpeace Energydesk at the website. A precise result has been obtained as to find out the genuine reasons behind this rapid drop that has taken place.

Carbon emissions in the US had fell significantly by 16% between 2007 and 2013. This coincided with the drop in coal consumption by 21% around the same period. It also happened to be the time during which natural gas saw a rise by 23% simultaneously.

This rise was then continuously sung by proponents of fracking boom disregarding the role of renewable energy in bringing the downfall of carbon dioxide emissions. The reality of the picture remains something else. The drop had certainly more to do with renewables than just the natural gas boom.

The supposed climate benefits of fracking boom were transformed into a huge selling point. However all the myths were finally busted by compelling new evidence. As declared publicly by Myllyvirta, the results have proved the extent to which cleaner alternatives of energy have reduced carbon dioxide emissions very clearly. The fracking rush has very little to do with it as per the statistics.

According to Climate Progress, the Energydesk study also did not mention any leakage of methane that may occur from the natural gas industry’s infrastructure. Methane is much more dangerous as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide which eventually makes natural gas more harmful than good. In the longer run natural gas may not even feature in any more surveys like these by Greenpeace.

Multiple studies suggest that leakage is so bad that it completely undoes any climate advantage. And a new study published by Nature last Wednesday concluded that, due to the absence of an efficient regulatory check on those leaks, burning more natural gas won’t work as a method to curb global warming.  The leakage issue is something that people should stop running away from. It is a crude reality that needs to be digested with the argument for natural gas.

Methane gas leakage:

It is quite evident now that natural gas production results in massive methane leakage which makes natural gas only half as bad as coal gets us into all sorts of problems. As Jeff Spross of Climate Progress suggests, it’s actually unclear if natural gas offers any climate benefit at all. Finally it is the cleaner technologies and renewable energy which deserve their credit of offering the most effective solutions to global climate change.

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Australia confirm their support for a cleaner future


When it comes to Australian support for renewable energy and its source, all doubts and second thoughts should take a back seat. Although there are some money minting rumours which seek to defame this view, Australia seems to stay unaltered in its perspective to establish a clean and sustainable future.

This has rightly been proved by a recent poll conducted by the Climate Institute which clearly boasts of Aussie support towards renewables. It has deliberately been released to coincide with the announcement of the government’s emission reduction target. The poll has uncovered the Australian enthusiasm to prefer renewable energy like solar and wind energy over conventional fossil fuels.

Each respondent was given eight energy sources as options. It was observed that a majority of them chose cleaner forms of energy over conventional forms. Renewable energy sources made it to the top three positions of the list of preferred powers and their various sources.

Press release report:

John Connor, CEO of the Climate Institute announced the results in a recent press release. Almost 84 percent made solar energy as their favourite choice. Following it was wind energy garnering 69 percent votes. In a tie for least preferred are gas and nuclear power sources with 21 percent and 17 percent support respectively.

The situation is seemingly worse for fossil fuel advocates as 72 percent of respondents highly prefer immediate close down of fossil energy plants and their replacement by cleaner energy sources. People have become amazingly concerned about environment and sustainability issues off lately. Also 65 percent of them have increasingly supported the need to invest in wind energy farms and household solar power.

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Here is the former Director (before he got the sack) standing proudly next to his APS Solar panels, that they were trying to portray as Australian Solar Panels.

The wide margin by which Australians support renewable energy is quite evident. However it is quite surprising to note the way the government is reacting to such an enthusiastic response. Instead of mustering popular support of voters by acknowledging cleaner sources of energy, the government is risking its image by backing conventional fossil fuels.

Carbon emission:

A target of 26 percent has been sent in an anticipated decision this week with the political spin making no difference. This step has proved to further the problem of cutting carbon emissions and nothing more than that. Adding to this is the perpetual defamation of the effectiveness of cleaner energy options by fossil fuel advocates.

The government has broken the barriers of acceptability by such an abnormal behaviour and a considered campaign to destroy renewable energy in the country. All this has emerged as much of a surprise for a government known for its partisan nature.

The survey aptly highlights the fact of these renewable energy policies of the government to be precisely of the electorate. However, all queries relating to support by the Australians have completely vanished. All that the people demand is a federal government which works in tandem with the electorate.

Australians have confirmed their verdict as far as renewables are concerned. They no longer want to support fossil fuels and authorities advocating them.  This calls for an urgent need for the government and the opposition to carefully embed the growing Australian perspectives with long term policies pertaining to better climates in future. This is what Mr. Connor has to say.

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Solar Energy giving a tough time to globalisation


Globalisation has been revered as a very important development across the world over the last few years. It has said to incredibly decrease the physical distance between nations by breaking ancient trade barriers. However, the larger picture always remained hidden. The wealthy MNC’s got a chance to explore the resources and markets of poorer ‘developing’ countries and somehow the benefits would flow through all of them which seldom happened.


Recently this process has seemed to take a flip and solar energy is one of the few suspected reasons behind it. The production and promotion of solar energy is being cited as one of the many reasons of the downfall of the notion of globalisation wherein world giants like the US were supposed to make profits.

China’s threat:

A developing nation like China has made it to the list of the major competitors of the US in the solar market.  A recent article in The Observer has outlined the tough time WTO general is facing as an apparent retreat from globalisation. The article highlights the issue of solar industry in US which has accused China of unfairly subsidising its solar industry.

With lowered prices, China has surely taken over the solar energy market sidelining the US and decreasing its demand. This is a reality that the developed countries like Germany and US are finding difficult to digest. Slowly China is cornering the solar market.

Another article has recently stated the situation in Germany where manufacturers have cut down the production after a failed attempt to compete with China where the same panels are sold cheaper.

The pioneers of industry had eventually initiated globalisation with a long term perspective of reaping enormous benefits for their own nations and not really to enrich less wealthy nations. Competing with one of them in the global market is a sure kind of surprise for them.

Developing Vs Developed countries:

The dominance of the Chinese has highlighted the stark difference that occurred between developed and developing nation years ago. The concept of globalisation has struck back its creators now with the tough competence shown by China in the global solar energy market. It is surely making them insecure to a lot of extent.

However, it has proved detrimental for Australia too. A good majority of Australia’s solar panel industry has been destroyed. Major manufacturers like BP Solar and Silex have closed down over recent years due to similar reasons as that of US. Tindo is the only remaining solar manufacturer in Australia.

On a broader perspective it has a positive flip side too. The comparatively less prices have increased the accessibility aspect of solar energy. It is no longer a hyped and exclusive facility, functioning in select households only but over a wide range of clientele now.

It is within the financial reach of common people now who once considered solar energy systems as a ‘niche’ form of power. It is sure to break the conventional inhibitions that have long been associated with its effective use by common masses with economic prices and efficient systems.


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Calculating Solar panel efficiency:


An efficient solar system is a must nowadays. However, the failure rates are increasing simultaneously. In such a scenario, regular cross- checking on the efficient working of the solar panels emerges as a feasible way out. This too has to be done carefully and accurately so as to get the best possible results.

A very common mistake occurs while users try to calculate the temperature coefficient of the system. Users often take into account the ambient temperature of the panels. This causes much deviation in the accurate reading of the temperature coefficient. If it is 40C outside, then the panels are almost over 65C. This changes the entire calculation thereafter.

  images1Underestimating the losses:

Another mistake happens when users unconsciously underestimate the inherent losses of the inverter. There are several ways by which the system loses its energy due to various technical or environmental factors. As a result the overall efficiency is disturbed and miscalculated.

Points to remember:

Generally 10% other losses are estimated whereas in reality they amount up to 20%. These include:

  1. Manufacturer’s Power Tolerance (1%): All separate panels have their own individual power tolerance. This gets summed up together as single entity when these panels are combined together in a solar system which results into an aggravated power tolerance altogether which is almost 1%.
  2. Temperature Losses (10%): It is important to note that solar panels don’t like to stay hot for long periods of time. The high temperatures do take a toll on their efficiency in the long run. This amounts for almost 10% losses in the overall efficiency of the system
  3. Dirt (5%): A lot of particulate matter like dust.etc gets trapped from the air surrounding the panels onto the panel’s glass surface. These particles block the sunlight reaching the panels. They cling to the surface and hinder the working of solar cells. This has come up as a major problem as it requires a lot of maintenance to fix this problem. It is responsible for 5% losses.
  4. Wiring Losses (2%): All the electric wires have a little inbuilt electrical resistance. This means that while electricity passes through the system, a small voltage drop is bound to occur. This reduces the power to some extent and sums up to almost 2% losses.
  5. Inverter Efficiency (4%): The inverter is that part of your system through which everything passes along. As a result the efficiency of the inverter will inevitably affect the output of the system and amounts for 4% losses.

These are the conditions which affect the efficiency of a solar system most commonly. However these are discussed on a general basis and results may vary in exclusive cases. There are many other factors like the angle at which the panels are inclined or the direction in which they are placed, which affect the power output.

Also, at least 1 month of accurate data is an essential prerequisite for making any judgements about the working of a solar system and we shall have to wait before we sound the bugle or the warning alarms. The performance of the solar panels will only be statistically valid after making recordings for a month or two.




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Are Micro inverters worth installing?


 Installation of Micro inverters:

In my opinion, the Aussie solar users either love or hate the micro inverter.  There is no in between. Those who are in favour of the micro inverters will babble about

  • How good their performance is. Their opinion is that the conventional inverters come nowhere near when it comes to power output.
  • The monitoring system. They just admire the feature that the user can know at all the times if the system is functioning properly or not.
  • The ease at which it can be installed. Their claim is that it’s easier to install when compared to a conventional solar systems.


Those who are of the mind that “I’ll leave this planet before I will use one of those devices of the devil” will come forth with the following arguments

  • They remark on their unreliability. The fact that they get super-heated on the roof top and most of the installers claim that they have an immense failure rate.
  • Another claim of theirs is that the performance of micro inverters is mostly exaggerated.
  • People who have installed micro inverters are always anxious and will call the customer service anytime the output on the monitoring system changes even slightly.

Building a micro inverter:

My opinion on this is that the shortcomings of the micro inverter can be overcome by good and skilful engineering. It is not an impossible task to build a micro inverter that can remain undamaged in Australia’s weather conditions for more than 25 years. Although it will take its own time. And probably before that, we’ll see more poor quality products hit the market first!

As far as customer service debate is considered I feel that a proficient software is required that will be able to guide the customer and notify when it’s really needed to call the customer service.  Talking about the performance, there is much data that shows that over a whole year, the average output of a micro inverter system is 8% more than conventional inverters. This too when they are connected to identical panels. Plus in the coming years that number is going to rise as more efficient micro inverters will come in the market.

Brighton Public Library:

In the past few days I shifted from Brighton Public Library to a custom made, straw bale SQHQ. I purchased a 6kW solar system which is being power driven by SolarBridge micro inverters. The thought in my head was “If micro inverters are as unreliable as often portrayed, I will have enough time to tarnish them”

As for now, 3 months have gone by and they are working as well as they were on the first day.  Hell Yeah!

I got to admit that I am blown away by their face melting awesome operation. On a fine day in the month of November, my 6kW system is able to generate around 45kWh. That’s too awesome for a 6kW system which is facing directly towards North at 15deg pitch. The website PVOutput.org indicates high performance systems in the area I live in. Central inverters generate around 38kWh on the same day. That is about 18% lesser.

Although I need to operate the system for a longer duration than 3 months to come to any final judgement. But for now, I’m doing very well with my micro inverter.



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Solar Thermal’s bright future to illuminate all roads of darkness


Removing darkness through solar energy:

It was last week only when Resources Minister Martin Ferguson impressed us by duly supporting a renewable energy project with all sincerity and enthusiasm. Although he was long accused of mismanagement of resources and a biased nature in favour of fossil fuels, his recent action has created a new image of him among the hearts of many.


In addition to this, is the crucial role that nanotechnology is playing in the rapid development of the country as stated by the Finder’s University Press Release on 20th December. It is soon going to convert the nation into a highly efficient solar energy powerhouse at a global level.

This step was eventually taken as a safety measure to reduce the cost of concentrated solar power. It was a part of an effort by the Australian Solar Thermal Initiative with regard to the development of solar energy and other renewable alternatives at an international level this time.

Thermal solar:

What does concentrated thermal solar mean? Large scale mirrors are used to concentrate the energy of the sun to heat fluid inside a pipe. This fluid will transfer the heat into an electric power generator and thus create electricity as explained by Professor David Lewis, Flinder’s University.

This technology is preferred to be set up in a cloud-free region to reap maximum results from it. However this tends to make high maintenance costs a grave issue. Hence research is now being done intensively to develop new coatings so as to prevent excessive dust and pollution build up over the surface of mirrors.

Research is being done in many other areas too. Lightweight mirrors which are a little economical too are being developed as a possible option. The fluids are also being transformed into ones which can withstand higher temperatures and improve efficiency to cut down on the overall maintenance expenses.

Australian Solar Institute:

According to Mark Twidell, outgoing head of Australian Solar Institute, this technology which is a novel initiative in Australia, is a well-practiced concept in Spain and has a magnificent future in Australia over the few years. He seems to be quite confident and optimistic about this statement that he publicly made.

In an interview with Renew Economy, Twidell stated the complementary nature of concentrated solar and PV solar technologies. Both of them can function parallel. He said that since both technologies can go hand in hand, their funding can be done accordingly.

Nanotechnology also has a crucial role to play in such research and developments. It is being viewed as a potential tool to bring in pollution free and clean environment in near future with minimum or no harmful substances in the environment. However its initial development and application requires a lot of financial and political support.

All of this boils down to the usual conclusion of revised government policies. Political will and support are inevitable to efficiently set up such a technology and affect the world at a global level. Although the bright future of solar energy remains bonded under various circumstances, once set free, it is surely going to outshine into the bleak future that we otherwise entail.




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The end of solar uncertainty begins: 2015


Beginning of solar power-2015:

The end of solar uncertainty begins: 2015

With the coming of 2015, our solar fans welcome our newly elected members of the federal and state governments with high hopes and aspirations. This is with regard to the future of solar energy and other renewable energy resources to enter into a more environment-friendly new year.

Several questions are being put up at them as a great future full of possibilities is being visualized by the solar fans for this year. However, being quite practical in approach, the answers that came forward are dependent on circumstances and depending on the need of the hour these circumstances are going to be effectively handled.

Large scale solar power:

By some, more focus on other forms of large scale solar power are being speculated this year while some are determined in increased investment in research and development. These are only few of the many possibilities among many more options that are being widely thought of being implemented with full vigour this year.

But one of the main concerns that is being popularly raised is that of certainty of solar power in the nation for the year 2015. The infamous “boom and bust cycle” that has long haunted the immensely potential solar power sector should soon be done away with.


Over a long period of time inconsistency and uncertainty loomed over the state and federal policies in the solar power sector. The solar programs of the government seemed utterly shallow and were not guaranteed. This played a vital role in making solar investors unsure and insecure about putting their capital in solar schemes.

Investments were surely made but with a short term perspective in mind. This calls for a drastic change in the policy making process. This would also help rebuild the tainted reputation of the government as far as solar energy promotion is concerned.

Government’s decisions:

Most solar enthusiasts find it best not to rely on government programs as they seem quite superficial to them. All these years they have got enough of their hopes shattered with the policies that have seemed to be unfair in the energy sector. They are now sceptical about the government and its decisions.

Therefore, all that is asked from the new governments this time is a level playing field for the solar power and energy sector this year. The solar fans do not want to settle with anything less than fairness in the energy sector.

The solar uncertainty principle should now be transformed from a ground-hitting reality to a mere myth by the new governing representatives. With more and more environment consciousness pounding in the hearts of people, this happens to be the only demand of the solar fans as well as the general public.

A new beginning that hopes to see an end to solar uncertainty is largely being awaited by the masses this year. There is sincere hope that the elected representatives are surely going to listen and take appropriate actions. From the people’s end, numerous demonstrations and petitions are being made ready to face the challenges that 2015 is expected to bring.


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The Incredible solar innovation by Ford


 Solar innovation in renewable energy sector:

It’s just a matter of time when significant innovations in the renewable energy sector will completely alter the way through which energy is directed to buildings such as factories and offices. There have been very remarkable developments in the field of photovoltaic that permits the office’s windows to let in adequate amount of light and also be transparent enough to act as small a solar panels. Today we are going to dig into the Holden vs. Ford battle when it comes to competing in the field of renewable energy.

Holden vs. Ford story

Holden Vs Ford:

You might as well be aware of the Holden vs. Ford story. It’s a war that dates back to the beginning of time (in actual the invention of combustion engine). If you father was someone who praised Holden, chances are his dad did the same. The same stands for people who praised Ford. The loyal groups could be spotted in pubs and backyard of houses and during racing events such as Bathurst. There were some exceptions though.  Some of the people preferred Toyota over these two giants.

Recently Holden has been the highlight of the media and that too for bad reasons. It announced that it is closing its Australian manufacturing firm which has left many Aussies jobless. Due to this they have suffered an enormous public relation blow. A very expensive campaign to gain sympathy of the Australians and to convince them that they still care about them has not turned out in their favour. Let me be very clear that all that I am stating here is constricted to what I have heard from my friends and family and in reality the data is not scientific.

Renewable energy innovations:

In the meantime their old competitor Ford has been very goal oriented. At least when it comes to renewable energy innovations. Ford Headquarters released the news this week praising their CMAX Solar Energi family which they have estimated to boost approximately 75% of all the trips done by an average driver. This is being made possible by a Sunpower solar panel system in union with a concentration Fresnel lens which is designed in such a way that it substitutes the carport roof.  In addition to this the new feature allows the car to move autonomously. A little forwards or backwards in order to keep the lens focused. This car has been quoted by the Sydney Morning Herald’s Drive edition to reduce an annual greenhouse gas output by approximately 1 billion metric ton.

The Solar Energi will be showcased at the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas next week and this car promises to show an enormous amount of prospects for the Australian car market. According to ford’s claims, the solar technology can easily be modified to fit with any of the manufacturer’s latest model. It has left its competitors far behind when it comes to using renewable energy vehicles. The estimated saving of fossil fuels is said to be huge, with fuel consumption almost dropping to half!

Can renewable energy powered vehicles replace the current fuel driven vehicles completely in the near future? Guess we’ll have to wait and see. More over what will be the strategy of other manufacturers such as Holden?


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The Big Man’s solar surprise for the New Year


New Year’s solar energy surprise:

The much awaited New Year had long kept the solar fans in anticipation of the opportunities that the year would bring. No sooner great news arrived to bring cheer and hope for all solar fans out there. An enormous bet has been placed by one the world’s richest men in promoting the future of solar energy in Australia.

Solar Investors:

Warren Buffet also popular as one of the wisest investors in land at present has decided to invest a whopping $US 2.5 billion in Sun Power’s Antelope Valley solar projects. The construction is estimated to begin somewhere during the year of 2015. This is seemingly a crucial development which may pave way for similar ones in near future.

Being the largest PV project, this Californian venture has caused solar shares to surge to new heights. However two diverse views are being put forward by the US media in reaction to this sudden dive made by Buffet. With a cynical perspective Buffet’s role as an advisor to President Obama is being highlighted.

It is being estimated that Buffet’s new investment has been made with a probable intention of reaping benefits from massive government solar subsidies. It is popularly known as “FLIPPING THE ASSET” in American terms. If the scenario is observed on a deeper note, Buffet might be interested in making a lot of money rather than promoting a solar future.


This argument stands rather justified as Buffet has formerly garnered attention as pioneering investor and businessman. His persona as an environmentally conscious leader is something that had been hidden till now. This image of Buffet has come as quite a surprise for America as well as Australia.

However, a second view is also prevalent which is still more positive in approach. It is possible that Warren Buffet has aptly assessed the current market scenario and identified the potential of solar power as an upcoming future. Buffet has already ventured into this promising arena quite early. He made investments in Topaz Solar firms which is an upcoming solar plant in Arizona.

His efforts put into the Antelope Valley Solar Farm Project cannot be missed out too. It is the world’s largest photovoltaic solar development project which promises a magnificent future in solar energy. Huge investments like these are an indication of raised environmental concern at a global level.

Government subsidies:

A lot of public opinion is being generated now which is quite diversified with regard to Buffet’s decision. With the eminent role that the US media is playing, people are viewing this situation with two clear minds, weighing all the recent developments. On one hand it may conclude with a purely financial end with the manipulation of government subsidies while on the other hand it may usher in a new solar perspective in terms of business investments.

With such steps being taken by world leaders in the direction of solar energy and other renewable resources we are surely gearing up for a future with possibly massive investments of similar kinds. Solar investments would then no longer remain a surprise for people but an everyday affair.

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Solar Inverters: A matter of choice


Choice of Solar inverters:

How to choose a good solar inverter?

Solar inverters are the next big thing in Australia. In such a scenario, it is inevitable to be equipped with the best of facilities. Hence choosing a good solar inverter becomes a must. From previous reviews, it has been found out that the failure rate of the inverters is abruptly high.


All the power in a solar system flows through the solar inverter. Any fault with the inverter will ultimately effect the functioning of the entire solar system. Therefore, the solar inverter becomes the most critical component of a good solar system. The efficiency of the solar system depends much on the working of the solar inverter.

The solar inverter is the only component which is likely to fail early in a solar system. One cannot ignore the importance of a good solar inverter and should invest little extra bucks in its up gradation if and whenever possible.

Critical factors involved:

There are mainly two critical factors while choosing a good solar inverter:

  1. Reliability
  2. Efficiency

Both these qualities can together be found in some invertors but accordingly their prices are the highest. So, it is alright to make a little compromise with the efficiency if it’s a highly reliable inverter. It has come across as a good option for those who have to manage a limited budget.

Another popular debate these days is the comparison between European and Chinese inverters. We can take any of the two sides in this case. Both of them have almost equal efficiency but European inverters being the more experienced ones in the market; have earned a comparatively better reputation.

European inverters hold a legacy that is almost 25-30 years old, sorting out all reliability issues with time. The European giant in this business is SMA– German in origin and presently the biggest manufacturer in the world and undoubtedly the most expensive.  Slightly less expensive than SMA is another European company, Power one Aurora which is Italian in origin.

The Chinese brands giving tough competition to these are Samil Power, Growatt, Ever Solar among many others. They have a comparatively lower risk associated with them and have successfully fixed various problems over the last 3 years. This has greatly increased their reliability among the customers.

Purchasing an inverter:

The most important thing to ensure while purchasing a solar inverter is a 10 year warranty. Although the standard warranty is 5 years but it can be increased by making a few extra efforts. Also an oversized inverter is an utter waste of time and money unless you are going to expand your solar system in the next 12 months. Otherwise, with the technology changing after every 3 years, it is nearly impossible to buy the same solar panels for expansion of your system.

A relatively small-sized inverter is a decent choice to make. It is possible to oversize your panel array up to approximately 15% afterwards. The thumb rule finally comes out to be that the quality should not be undermined in any circumstances while choosing a solar inverter. We can manage with a little less efficiency but not without maximum reliability.


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5 Golden Rules for putting up a good solar installer


Installing solar equipments:

With the increasing consciousness of people, there has been an equivalent boom in the manufacture of high quality solar equipments too. One company boasts to be better than the other among hundreds of choices and options and there is tremendous competition amongst the manufacturers and confusion amongst the consumers. It becomes extremely important to catch hold of an honest and reliable solar installer in such a scenario.

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5 most important tips:

Here are some useful tips to keep in mind while comparing the various companies and making decision that you don’t regret afterwards.

  1. Using common sense

This is the often sidelined aspect when it comes to buying a good installer. You should judge offers which appear to be too good to be true very carefully. Big companies often practice popular marketing ploys to garner customer attention. Watch out for some seemingly great attributes which are otherwise impractical like free solar panels, wild performance, etc. These are just high expectations which are associated to lure customers.

  1. Checking technical competency

The sales people of a company are very likely to present in front of you the technical competency of the company. They indicate the level of technical expertise that exists for solving consumer problems if any. There is no use wasting time relying on a company that fails to fix minor or major issues that may arise during the use of the solar installer. It is the sales people with whom the customer grievances are shared and people will prefer a company which can provide more technically sound services.

  1. Analyzing previous Track Record

The track record that any company keeps plays a crucial role in building its image among the customers with regard to the company’s product and services. You are less likely to re-consider a previous company which has troubled you earlier. Rather you would be keen to find a better alternative than the previous one. It is very important that you witness a considerably good consumer experience every time you decide to choose a particular company’s products.

  1. Reading Terms and Conditions carefully

The terms and conditions are also often missed out while buying a solar installer. Companies deliberately manipulate them according to their own conveniences and smartly trick the customers without prior information.  Hence they should be read thoroughly with utmost attention and alertness. It would be quite shocking to know that two of the largest solar companies have a clause stating zero responsibility for the amount of power generated.

  1. Checking for transparency about the brands of solar panels used

Transparency is yet another factor which determines the efficiency of the solar installer to much extent. The solar installer will fail to function properly if there is insufficient information about the solar panels being used. This refers to the exact brands of the solar panels being used.


With all these factors in mind, there are very low chances that you may make a wrong choice when it comes to a solar installer. However it is advisable to invest a little extra money for a properly functioning solar inverter with the least chances of errors.


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Bushfires and their sunny side up


Bushfire’s hot continent

The Australian continent has off lately witnessed one of the worst heat waves of all times. Unbearably hot and undoubtedly scary, these bushfires have upturned the burnt pages of the history of the continent regarding harsh heat waves. It has aroused deep concern too.

The situation has been characterised by soaring temperatures and indecently warm weather conditions. The heat waves seemed to have engulfed the continent from all directions, flowing from north to south and from east to west. It has vividly brought back into people’s memory, the fierce bushfires of 1967 when the former state to Tasmania had been ravaged all over.

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Bushfire tragedy:

A huge loss of property and stock was witnessed during that time which now becomes afresh once again. Luckily any loss of life has not been confirmed as of now but all states and territories have been severely affected. The risk associated is that of an enormously great fire.

This is certainly too terrifying a thought to be imagined. Fortunately the brave fire authorities seem to bring some sort of relief in such kind of an emergency. They have showed immense heroism in saving life and property in such a crucial time.

In between all this heated hustle, emerges an apt spot to discuss climate change and renewable resources. There is enough evidence proving the role of conventional energy sources in these abrupt climatic changes all over the world. With time the argument has become more convincing to the people.

Although reputed scientists are not cent percent sure, but these dangerous heat waves are appearing to be a repercussion of the continued use of fossil fuels. Combustion of fossil fuels might be the trigger behind such accelerated changes in the climate. Renewable solar energy can come here to our rescue.

Unlikely to happen, the governments might once realize this situation and strive towards a sustainable option. One of the best ways of reacting to heat waves is to reduce carbon emissions and use solar energy as an efficient alternative. This surely calls for high involvement of the policy makers so that solar energy can be promoted as solution to these life-threatening heat waves.

Investments in solar projects:

Investments can be made in renewable projects keeping this in mind but the idea still remains quite far-fetched. However it may play a crucial role in putting an end to the increasing heat wave conditions which can eventually turn fatal as time passes by.

A chance can still be taken. The switch might produce late or no results at all. There has to be more work done on the feasibility of the concept as a means of replacing fossil fuels but the possibility is also high enough to work out something favourable.

The best part however is that even if the switch doesn’t play a significant role in stopping global temperatures from rising it will still remain renewable and in exhaustive. It will at least give us a safer and cleaner world to spend our lives in with our future generations in a zero pollution environment. So the heated bushfires have made us explore the sunny side of the continent even more.


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The ACT of Solar Revolution in Australia


The state and federal governments of Australia have long been considered non-existent to be looked up to for the slightest promotion of solar energy and related environmental prospects. Their vague and shallow policies have created an unconscious mistrust among the common people as well as solar energy enthusiasts.

However the wind seems to have changed its direction since the last few weeks. The Australian solar energy sector has suffered a boom and bust syndrome with an acute lack of consistency by major investors of this sector. A ray of hope has been recently flickered by the ACT government.

The ACT government quite confidently boasts of a far-sighted approach in this direction with seemingly bright futures for the solar energy sector. It is geared up for a solar revolution in the country by revising and revisiting existing policies with a newer level of seriousness and sincerity.

Environmental clearance:

As quoted by attorney General, Simon Corbell, environmental clearance has been duly granted by the state and federal governments. This has paved way for various other directions treading a similar path due to rigorous efforts of the new government. There are quite convincing examples justifying this to a large extent.

As announced by the ACT government, the Spanish company, Fotowatio Renewable Ventures has won a reverse auction last year to build a 20MV solar power unit in the country. It will be successfully installed in the district of Tuggeranong and be named as Royalla. This step certainly highlights environmental concern at the legislative level finally.

Solar plant in Canberra:


The pro-solar reputation of the ACT government has further been supported by another recent announcement which states that the latest stage of the proposal put forward by the energy company ActewAGL has been considered by the government. The company has proposed to build a large scale solar plant in the south of Canberra.

It has received thumbs up by those federal policy makers who otherwise seem to be comparatively inactive and complacent when the issue of solar energy and other renewable resources is raised in the country. This is beginning to flip their reputation among the commoners.

“Because the detailed studies have already been undertaken by ActewAGL and also the fact that the site has received clearances through the federal government’s environment legislation” reasoned out Mr. Corbell. It definitely sounds a lot more positive than the reactions by the government in near past.

The conventional image of the state government is being fearlessly challenged through efforts of this kind. This soon might bring a revolutionary change in the future of solar power in Australia which once seemed to be uncertain and unpredictable due to the earlier policies. It will also change the outlook of the people towards our policy makers on the environment front.

ACT might turn out to be a potent legislative leader of this solar revolution and its beaming future. It is worth keeping a good watch on. The efforts might not just bring a favourable wind of change in the solar energy sector of Australia but also shake other governments off their deep slumber towards a more sustainable tomorrow.


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A new sunshine in Blue Mountains, Sydney


The community at Blue Mountains, west of Sydney is seemingly keen on exploring new horizons of sustainability and environment consciousness during these months. This is in regard to the recent urge to collectively harness solar energy with the upcoming community elections as a precursor. This requires that each and every voter gets this message across so that a significant step can be timely taken to conserve our precious natural resources.

This initiative would not only help people tackle soaring electricity costs but also play a vital role in preserving the natural bounty of Blue Mountains by switching to a more environment-friendly and economical alternative. All of this has been promoted with two major solar organizations coming up actively in the backdrop of the nearing elections in the place.



One of them named BMRenew has been recently launched with great pomp and show, off recently. It was quite a high-end affair, with major dignitaries turning up in attendance with a new-found enthusiasm. These included the former Federal Court Judge, Murray Wilcox. Blue Mountains City Council Mayor, Daniel Myles was also present to extend his support to this noble initiative.

The BMRenew is a volunteer initiative aimed at promoting renewable energy projects spread over an entire community level. Its underlying objective is to compete with successful community solar organisations in other parts of the world and match up to their international standards of environment sustainability.


Solar Citizens:

The Blue Mountains have also witnessed the popular launch of another enthusiastic community organization Solar Citizens, drawn on similar lines of tapping potential solar energy resources for a better tomorrow. It is being carried out all over Australia with a more direct approach than other community solar organisations. The plan is to articulate the growing need for solar energy as a viable alternative to existing exhaustive resources.

The campaign manager at Solar Citizens, Dr.Geoff Evans rightly stated how election periods are used profitably by parties to make long-term policy commitments but very little is actually implemented effectively in the direction of obtaining cheap, clean energy for the goodwill the entire community and its environment. The elections are being viewed as a possible tool to create effective environment awareness as well as make it an important public opinion based on which they would cast their valuable vote. This time may play a crucial role in making the image of a particular political party.

A scenario of solar revolution has evolved in Blue Mountains where this novel viewpoint is being promoted rigorously at various local and regional levels, extending from promotional market spaces to conventional door-knocking promotions. Voters who value the future prospects of solar energy are being gathered in huge numbers.

As pointed out by Dr.Evans, over 900 homes have set up solar panels and hot water tanks on their roofs which indicate the growing awareness of the voters with regard to renewable energy and sustainability. Community organizations like BMRenew and Solar Citizens play a pivotal role in taking a step further towards such a viable venture which is surely going to usher in a new sunshine in the Blue Mountains in near future.


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Chinese solar Panels- Quality or Cost


Good quality versus cost

If your Chinese panel is not mentioned in the list below, be careful!

People have their doubts when purchasing Chinese solar panels. Yes of course there’s a reason to be cautious. After all china is famous for some of the low quality product it manufactures. But that’s not the whole story. China does produce some good and fantastic quality products too. If you are still dubious then a good example for you might be Macbook pro. Yes! It’s made in china and it’s of superior quality.

Same goes with the solar panels. There are some quality products that are manufactured in China together with some absolute junk quality products.  I myself have heard some stories about people visiting their suppliers who have converted their clothes factory to solar panel factory. Some B or C grade solar cells are used here which have obviously been rejected by other factories. No need to comment about the environmental standards in these factories. As you’ve already guessed, it’s dreadful.


Cheaper Chinese products:

On the other hand, there are some class A solar panels that are flourishing in the market coming freshly out of china. They are of the finest quality when it comes to operation and environmental standards and as good when compared to any European plant. As far as I know, Yingli and Renesola have pretty amazing Chinese factories. The panels they produce are of the best quality.

These days a lot of “cautious” customers are making it a point that they get a quality product by merely exacting that their panels are made in Germany, Malaysia or Australia. But this plan of theirs has a downside. You will have to shell out extra dollars which you could have been saved by going for a Chinese panel.

How to know if a Chinese panel is good?

So if you don’t feel like shelling extra bucks, you should be cautious about the product you are purchasing from the Chinese market. Just to make sure you don’t end up with a piece of junk that was manufactured in an ex-clothing factory with hazardous waste water pouring straight into the nearest waterway. What you want is a top quality panel with first class engineering and quality assurance behind them.


The easiest and safest route is that you go for a ‘Tier 1’panel. But there exists a small hindrance to it. As some sales people can fool you into making you believe that the ‘Tier 3’ piece of junk they are selling is really a tier 1 product. These products may have a German sounding name. Something similar to “Mettwurst Solar”. So how to know the truth? The first thing to comprehend is that there does not exist an explicit list of ‘Tier 1’ solar panels.

You’ll be super safe if you choose a manufacturer from the above list.  Though there are still some Class A panels that have not been mentioned in the list. Plus they may be cheaper so you save quite a few thousand dollars on you solar system.


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Solar Panels to Solar Windows; Skyscrapers opens A New Chapter in RE


Solar Panels to Solar Windows; Skyscrapers opens A New Chapter in RE

As consumption of carbon emitting fossil fuels taking toll on the environment, renewable energy sources brought some relief to humanity. Going one step further scientists are turning Skyscrapers into power generators by developing solar windows which once fitted on these buildings can produce energy suffice to satisfy its power needs.

Next time when you pass by a skyscraper, you might be passing by a micro solar power grid as the building surfaces turning into power generators while colorful photovoltaics adorns their windows, facades, rooftops. Imagine how much renewable energy (RE) would  the big cities generate without burning fuels and exuding loads of smoke in the environment.

Stretching this idea further Kevin Arthur, CEO of a solar power researcher of Oxford offshoot Oxford photovoltaics, says that, “Instead of coupling solar photovoltaics on the buildings why not build one with the same”.  And this comes off very good for the buildings with copious use of glass like skyscrapers.


Cities consume around 75% of the total energy with 80% contribution to total green house gases emissions. Buildings alone eat up large portion of energy through their lifetime, right through their construction to the daily chorus- air conditioning, lighting, cleaning. Adding up a little more to the original cost using window glasses laced with solar cell treatment you could lessen the share of carbon generating fossil fuels which are depleting rapidly.


With the perception of skyscrapers becoming sources of renewable energy there are number of business behemoths willing to cash on this new economy. Doing away with conventional, original color of solar cells by adding dyes to solar cells and then combining it with glass substances we can produce cells with various tints and tones of colors. But the effectiveness of these modified cells completely depends on what color they have, if it’s black then it’s more effective than red, green and blue in that order.

However, like any other project this also has to face some hardships with solar windows. The first and most important is: window is what you see through it, but with glass windows coated with the solar cells or thin film silicon it turns into a semi-opaque material like a rooftop or wall losing its’ raison d etre.

Second one is the cost reduction, with the available devices it costs around ten times to that of conventional ways. With the cutting edge technology and advance engineering Sarah Kurtz who works with NREL US hopes to overcome these impediments. For that we have to bring down the solar window cost par with traditional glass windows. With the advancement of large size solar cells it’s become inexpensive to infuse solar cells into glass windows.

Solar windows:

Effectuality has always been a concern for solar panels and with its necessity of being transparent solar windows makes it even harder. The rate for conversion of solar energy into electricity is various for different devices. This ability for organic solar cells is 10% which absorbs 60 to 20 % of the sunlight. While Spanish company Onyx asserts that its thin film silicon cell can stretch it up to 9%. At a time where conventional solar panels have productivity 20 %, 5 % of solar windows can’t be considered as austere.

Although, some doubts if the technical and structural problems are ever going to be solved still there are many who are working arduously to cross these hurdles whatsoever. It won’t be far when high rise skyline of Texas glittering with solar windows would be the lone electricity provider to neighboring households.



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When Solar Systems Becomes Luminaries for this Small African Country


Kenya’s green energy

Kenya after tolerating darkness for last few decades comes out of it like a glittering beam. Solar panels became their ray of hope absolving daily predicaments. Shedding off its’ dismal past it has now leading African countries towards green energy.  It is astounding to watch large stretches of hutments with a solar panel on each shining through the sunlight and so the huts in the night.


Taking a big stride in renewable energy generation Kenya came a long way from other African countries. With its closely knitted solar system micro-grid network this African country has become fully self sustainable about its power needs. Which has, like it’s other counterparts- Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia –changed the face of poverty stricken Kenya.

Solar companies in Kenya:

The changing scenario is quite symbolic of the revolution spreading across the continent. The new electricity company has quite done a job by providing low cost solar systems for domestic power use. With qualities like durability, sure tested, non-pollutant it has bought big change to the conventional lighting methods. Till now they have been using gas stoves, kerosene lamps, fuel consuming generators, charcoal as power producers which is not only hazardous to human life but also financially unaffordable.

 There were times when it’s hardly possible for women and children to walk on street after dusk. With no street lights there was steep increase in number of crimes such as theft, ransacking and studying under the kerosene lamp was ordeal for school going children. But now with advent of inexpensive and low maintenance solar energy products life has became a lot simpler.

The one who is most cashing on these solar systems are rural population and small scale merchants. By superseding diesel generators to solar panels they brought down the cost spent on electricity five folds of what they used to pay for it. Once they had to go to town just to recharge their cell phone batteries, now with small solar home systems put up on their houses which can produce power enough to lit several CFL bulbs and charge their cell phones.

     First experiment of solar revolution in early 80s was quite disappointing and the major aim of the continuing program is to beat out these obstacles.  When for the first time solar panels, mostly donated by international NGO’s, were installed in African countries they were torn into pieces to make ornaments. A few survived were broken down without the maintenance which was often unaffordable for poor countrymen.

But still people along the remote areas of this country depends upon kerosene lamps, candles and diesel operated generators to lit their homes which is not only expensive where a person, who is sole breadwinner of the house earns around 2$ per day, but also deteriorating health conditions of children. The use of diesel generators by small businesses also boosted CO2 emissions into the environment which is almost 30 to 50 million tons per year. Taking away all these fuel consuming wares from all the households means substantial decrease in this amount.

Solar revolution:

While some doubts about solar energy’s ability to fulfill intense power demand of these countries others hope that a single CFL bulb, a circuit providing electricity to charge ubiquitous cell phones and a household free of ailments could become a life altering event.  As night crawls we peep inside their homes and can see children with contentment on their face studying under illuminating CFL bulbs or one can listen to their stories about how their health conditions are evolving at the arrival of the solar revolution.


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Solar Power and its diplomacy


When we consider alternative energy we naturally envision wind, solar and bio fuels. These advancements will in the end protect nature on the grounds that they will help to enormously diminish, and sometimes altogether wipe out, the carbon emissions that originate from vitality creation and utilization.


This clearly implies that they are such useful advancements that they ought to be at the vanguard of government, corporate and business speculation and exploration. Interestingly, they truly aren’t being examined and explored with the sort of enthusiasm that may be expected.

Alternative energies:

Why is that so? All things considered, there is a great deal of cash at stake where alternative energies are concerned and several billions of dollars in benefits that will rapidly and definitely dissipate when those innovations are promptly accessible to the vast majority.

Consider the record-breaking benefits posted by the prominent oil organizations since the end of 2001. As the cries for more alternative energies achieve a fever-pitch, they are charging higher and higher costs for auto and home warming supplies. To numerous it would appear that these massive enterprises are “trading in for money” while there is still time to do as such, and the legislative issues of alternative energy show that the oil organizations and their partners are being permitted to do that.

Obviously it isn’t about oil either. There are likewise the vitality producers who pour mind boggling measures of poisons into the air – this is from such areas as coal blazing power plants. The legislative issues of alternative energy have served to make frameworks in which these companies are allowed to work their shoddy factories in return for the purchase of vitality credits. They purchase credits from cleaner suppliers, for example, nuclear plants, and utilization them to “adjust” their pollution.

Fortunately there is a perpetually expanding awareness with respect to the overall population, and now a huge number of purchasers have become aware of their own “carbon trace”. They comprehend the need to accomplish more than simply conserving energy, and are putting resources into renewable energies themselves.

Wind turbines:

Most of the mortgage holders install wind turbines, solar panels and solar lights etc. on their property. Millions more are obtaining carbon offsets” which furnish them with a tax deduction, additionally with the knowledge that their commitment will support a solar energy program, a wind homestead or some other alternative energy effort. At last, millions are acquiring vehicles that work on bio fuel or are “hybrids” that utilize practically no fuel.

There are loads of mechanical and monetary endeavors heading off to the solar energy production. There are numerous reasons why this can be happening with the most clear ones being the advantages connected with solar energy to our lives at this time.

Solar energy will be the essential vitality source without bounds. That future ought to be at this moment, however our pioneers have figured out how to confound the move. Appropriations and effective campaigning endeavors keep fossil powers in the vanguard of Australian vitality choices. The elections, if majority of the experts are right, ought to stamp the start of a change in that philosophy on the off chance that you vote in favor of that change.

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Microinverters are now based on new technology


New technology Microinverters:

Nowadays, Inverter R&D is concentrating on two zones. The primary is incremental changes in the central inverter/current string, the second recent inverter advancement is a move toward decentralized architectures.


The new solar micro inverter is as opposed to having one substantial inverter that handles the greater part of the transformation from DC current to AC current for the home, these new solar panels have a sunlight based miniaturized scale inverter installed in each of them that does this change in the board.

DC to AC conversion:

This solar micro inverter takes the DC current produced by the solar panel, and transforms it straightforwardly to AC current before leaving the panel. Along these lines you have a complete solution within the solar panel that can create the exact power your home needs to work. Since higher voltage AC power has a considerable less loss over the long wire run into your home, you get a more productive transformation and can utilize a bigger portion of the electricity you are creating with your solar panel. This additionally makes extending your solar system every year simpler too since you can just purchase more panels and add them to your home’s wiring.

There is never a need to stress over to update you’re inverter. Despite the fact that these new solar power micro inverters are somewhat more extravagant than the more established ones, wiping out the expense of the bigger inverter makes the aggregate framework cost about the same.

Solar power inverter:

Solar powered inverter costs have not diminished essentially in the previous couple of years, and with module costs falling, inverters speak to a more noteworthy part of the aggregate expense of a solar installation. As specified, inverter innovation can likewise have a noteworthy effect on BOS and work costs. For instance, higher-limit central inverters diminish the quantity of inverters that should be introduced in substantial frameworks, accordingly decreasing work costs.

This is counterbalanced to some degree by the more extensive conveyance of DC wiring and the requirement for cumbersome and costly DC combiners and DC circuit over current protection.

New inverter advancements likewise can possibly decrease solar array  working expenses. Microinverter advancements make the array less inclined to performance degradation from dust and flotsam and jetsam, meaning less frequent washing.

Typical ruining of modules can without much of a stretch reduce power yield by 5 or 6%. Likewise, inverters based on a dispersed architecture permits for delayed maintenance. In this type of highly redundant framework, if one module or inverter fails, the blackout is constrained to that module. The rest of the cluster will keep on working normally.

Framework proprietors and administrators can have a plan of scheduled upkeep as opposed to emergency maintenance. Moreover, upkeep costs are lower on the grounds that micro inverters can be swapped out rapidly and effortlessly, and by less-skilled workers compared to huge central inverters, which oblige repairing by experts, diagnosis, evacuation, and substitution. At last, frameworks that incorporate inverter and per module checking drastically reduce the time needed to investigate the PV array.


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South Australia’s solar power


South Australia is known among the rich assets from vitality viewpoints. It embodies generous stores of fossil fuels, for example, coal, natural gas and oil. More recently, the State has seen an expedient development in venture for renewable vitality, and these days it is noticeable inventor of wind power in Australia. It contains colossal measure of uranium, including the world’s greatest vow at Olympic Dam speaking to 30% of the world’s aggregate asset. The South Australian Government has unconfined schemes to make South Australia an efficient power vitality center.


Solar electricity is a system for renewable vitality used to convert sunlight into power with the assistance of photo voltaic cells. Various photo voltaic cells on the whole can be settled in a cluster to produce a solar PV panel. Grid associated with solar system is a common form of solar power utilized as a part of Australia. This implies that the photo voltaic framework is associated with the power grid to guarantee that households will dependably have access to power, notwithstanding when the sun is not up.

Way to reduce the cost of electricity:

As costs of electricity proceed to upsurge the country over, South Australians from Andamooka to Adelaide keeping in mind the end goal to reduce the cost on electricity they are looking forward for producing their own energy from rooftop solar panel systems.

To strengthen the dedication of slight medium establishments of solar systems South Australian government is:

v  Assisting inhabitants and organizations to install solar panels and photo voltaic (PV) boards through remittances and the solar plans.

v  Endowing in chief solar vitality ventures all through the state and fascinating investments in solar energy from the remote ranges.

There are such a variety of alternatives accessible in the business sector for solar panels. Organizations of solar systems SA give heaps of promotion and consequently there is a possibility of unimportant perplexity to choose the best deal.

To install a solar panel in you’re home is not an efficient exertion. Albeit being a fact that costs have impressively fallen as of late, it can in any case be out of compass and extravagant for a mortgage holder to introduce a solar panel SA. The special projects offered by the administration may be useful from expense perspective for the installations.

Solar scheme:

South Australia was the first state in Australia to present a solar scheme, and without further ado has more than 120,000 installed solar panels. It merits thinking about the Australian government connecting with the arrangement of small scale renewable vitality under the outline of Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme which incorporates improvement of business for credits given particularly for this reason.

The system installation covers the rooftop water heaters, solar panels, and turbines of wind. The limit furthest reaches of this small era units is up to 100 KW differing from the quality and kind of the systems. Every small era unit is allowed to have a particular number of Small scale Technology Certificates.

The dedication of solar energy in SA is dependable with a grouping of activities given by the legislature is taking to move South Australia towards more prominent duty of renewable vitality and is sponsoring to meet South Australia’s 33% renewable vitality target by 2020.

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Drones using Solar Panels to fly?


Because of multiple reasonable sensors, chips, cameras and different doohickeys that can be attached onto wannabe spy helicopters and planes, it’s less demanding than ever before for technologists to construct crafts that can fly themselves.


These techies are sending the 3-6 foot wide drones, guided by radios, PCs and soon cellphones, to assess fields, capture videos from the air or chase after them to snap photographs at ideal angles. About their just only c constraints: a 400-foot ceiling for amateur drones set and battery life.


A product designer has assembled around twelve automatons for $150 to $1,000 each. He says he spends no less than 20 hours a week flying and tweaking them. He says automatons have permitted him to catch some exclusive photographs of the Bay Area including a picture of himself on top of Corona Heights shot from a distance.

Another specialist, pilots an automaton as wayfarer watch in his town.

A product designer, who helped configuring the Flip camcorder, is taking a shot at technology that permits the automatons to be controlled by means of Android gadgets and iPhones. He additionally as of late assembled automatons with an extravagant chip that can process inputs from three whirligigs, three accelerometers and a compass.”We’re ahead of the telephones,” he says, who includes that he lean towards the helicopters to the planes, in light of the fact that they are simpler to test in his lawn.

A software engineer takes his drone and “quad-copter” out for a spin consistently. His fanciest automaton is outfitted with a camera that permits him to see what it sees by wearing goggles. “It’s fundamentally the same to being noticeable all around,” he says.

The development and expanded complication of the toy vehicles has brought up issues about whether the innovation ought to be in specialists’ grasp. Privacy advocates, interim, have raised worries that automatons could be utilized for reconnaissance.

In the mean time, interest is expanding for direction on the most proficient method to construct an automaton. A workshop for programmers, decides to hold sessions for building 10 to 20 drones in coming months. The president who chips away at security communications for the Mozilla Foundation, says building an automaton can be itemized, obliging soldering, other mechanical skills and uploading software to run the equipment.

“In the event that things go deranged, it will fly in your face,” He says of the gadgets. One of the trickiest steps is aligning an automaton to fly outside taking into account the wind and different variables, he includes.

Parts of automaton:

Some are demonstrating automaton building can be a business. In 2009, an drone evangelist, helped to establish a drone constructing organization. The firm offers automaton parts, for example, electronic pilots and sensors. He says it is flourishing at half a year and has multi-millions in income.

Police offices and colleges across the nation have obtained licenses to utilize automatons, as indicated by information acquired through Right Of Information Act.

Apart from all these a major and incredible advancement in the field of Drone is that The automaton — named Aquila after the hawk of Greek mythology — will utilize solar panels to catch the sun’s vitality to help it circle the stratosphere. This could be the major advancement in the nearby future to look upon.

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The clean energy movement has gained momentum globally over the last decade. The need for making the switch from polluting fossil fuels to eco-friendly renewable energy sources has never been felt more. Recently the Pacific nations had a grand energy summit sponsored by institutions like the World Bank, for the sole purpose of addressing this issue.

Among the available sources of renewable energy, solar power has been widely accepted since it is the easiest to harness. In the light of this changing scenario, the need for solar equipment has grown considerably and you’d think that the solar industry might be blooming, but alas, that is not the whole truth.



While there are some Chinese brands such as Yingli that are topping the charts and making enormous profits, its other European counterparts are not doing quite so well. With China’s ability to produce cost-effective solar panels and batteries, it is becoming hard for their competitors to survive in the market.

When you look at other countries that have been known to make advancements in the solar field, especially the European giants like Switzerland, France and Germany, it is hard to believe that they are having such a tough time keeping pace with the cheap yet efficient brands of the orient.

Many German brands are being driven to bankruptcy (no, not exaggerating), due to lack of monetary resources and the inability to carry on with debts. While many companies are trying to soldier on, some of them have made the tough decision to wind up the business. These companies are not just some newbies who couldn’t handle the heat, but in fact giant players.

Bosch is one such German top gun who decided to quit the race. In spite of noble intentions in the beginning, it couldn’t bear the brunt of continuing with its solar initiative. It was a company that had approximately $2 billion invested in it and yet the wiser brains behind the operation have decided to call it quits.

The money managers of the company do not see the solar divisions making any profits, at least not anytime in the near future. Bosch however is not the only German solar big gun facing this problem. Q-Cells too had a similar financial crisis some time ago and was on the verge of announcing insolvency when it was rescued by the Korean Hanwha Solar One.


This just goes to show that there are a very limited number of genuine and authentic German manufactured solar panels available on the market. In case you’re planning to buy and install one of the fantastic, produced in Deutschland model of solar panels in your home, you might want to do a thorough research and identify the good stuff.


Like any other genre of products, there is a black market for solar panels as well and this includes the German market. A lot of brands sound German but are actually low quality stuff put together in a shanty somewhere. So beware before you fall prey to one of these misbranding strategies, and all you solar fans, bid farewell to Bosch, who is no longer going to be with us.





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A Television program:

We do all sit in front of the idiot box and binge on reality shows once in a while. Then there are some of us who like watching information providing and “knowledge increasing” television shows like the Grand Designs on Chanel 4. While I totally appreciate Kevin McCloud, he too occasionally gets his facts wrong.

To err is human:

Everyone’s allowed to make mistakes, but it’s kind of hard to overlook a huge error on the part of a top notch and famous live show. It is true that they show you some of the world’s most marvellous architectural masterpieces, they do sometimes mess up. Big Time. I am referring to the UK episode on ABC1 which showed a home designed to efficiently using solar power.

This episode was based on a home in London (whose owners had rather poor aesthetic sense). This house was a faux-mews in one of the vintage lanes of the glorious city. In order to try and restore some sort of authenticity to their ‘modern’ building, the owners gave their house a finishing touch with acrylic tiles which they thought imitated the age old bricks of London!

They added a rather gaudy looking (just my opinion) golden coloured couch and they have a spa and dance floor in their newly styled home. The worst part however, (in the views of many solar critics as well) was their solar power system. While it is praiseworthy that they took an initiative to have a clean energy powered living space, the method that they chose to adopt is not quite appropriate.


This contemporary solar power system that they chose to install is a vertical wall mounted array of panels. You read that correctly, a vertical arrangement. Now there are a lot of things wrong with this sort of method if you’re wondering what the big deal is.

Firstly, the panels are surrounded with trees and other buildings which provide shade and as any person with basic knowledge of solar power would know, shade is the enemy of solar power generation. As per experts, the panels are at least 40 degrees away from their ideal 50 degree tilt that they should have to maximum city solar power production.


Secondly, the panels are on a vertical wall and are installed too close to the ground. This is not good for energy production either. Now coming back to the Grand Design debacle, at point during the show, Mr McCloud even mentioned that with these panels the house can even fully power itself. This statement of his was completely baseless and absolutely untrue.

Not to be too hard on the guy, I mean he was only doing his job and how was he to know that these panels are useless to the existing structure! Experts who were upset by this nonsensical claim decided to do the math and let the calculations speak for themselves.


What they concluded was that this particular solar system under these conditions would produce only up to 5.28 kWh per day while the house would require at least 30-50kWh per day to function smoothly. Someone on that show needs to start doing better research!


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Is there a ray of hope for Clean Energy Finance Corporation?


Clean energy finance corporation’s hope:

As you must have thought by now that the new government’s measures against renewable energy were over, a small hope has come for its escape. Has it or has not? In this article I will talk about the showcasing of Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) and the uncertainty it has stirred.


The ray of small hope has comes in an uncanny form from a man called Arthur “Svengali” Sinodinos, who is remembered by many as being of the inner pack that worked with John “carbon tax” Howard, the noted Ex-PM of Australia.

ABC radio program:

On ABC Radio, the now Senator Sinodinos commented that he was blissful to “review” the works of Clean Energy Finance Corporation. The exact words that he uttered were that “I would go through the CEFC’s annual report and have another look into that matter”.

The review was requested by Jillian Broadbent, the chair of Clean Energy Finance Corporation, who has requested the government to take another look at Clean Energy Finance Corporation’s figures. On this week’s ABC Breakfast, Broadbent said that Clean Energy Finance Corporation has raised $2.2 billion of private capital and has the potential to reduce carbon emissions by 4 million tonnes on 39 clean energy investments programs. That is quiet an impressive number if you consider only 18 months of work!

If you consider my opinion, there is not a more practical prime minister than Johnny Howard. His unsure moves towards carbon price were indeed revolutionary for the time. But if he were a cabinet minister now and put forward a similar dissident tax, he would have been let out of the cabinet room.

Howard listened to no staff members other than Arthur Sinodinos.  He was Howard’s chief of staff from 1997 to 2006. During this period, he is credited with having tremendous influence in the making of Coalition policy. So it might be possible that Johnny is influencing Sinodinos to inverse the Clean Energy Finance Corporation scrapping.

I want to make it very clear here that I don’t possess any evidence that the above guesswork is true. But Coalition older members such as Johnny will know that Tony Abbott is not one of the sharpest knives in the political drawer.  So it is quite possible that he needs some “counselling” in certain matters. One of them being the retention of a profitable Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

Or it might be that the press wrongly grasped these statements? It was announced in haste by the office of the assistant treasurer that the entire remnant of Rudd/Gillard tax will be neutralised from the history including the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

And if you are willing to listen to my crazy theory, no comments have been made by Howard in the support of Clean Energy Finance Corporation. As well as the statement by Sinodinos asserted that all Coalition election promises will be credited.


That doesn’t mean we cannot dream? The old Howard/Sinodinos coalition is still a hope with respect to the Clean Energy Finance Corporation? Or is it just a part of the oncoming mayhem?


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Pacific energy summit in NZ

Though not covered by mainstream media, powerhouses of the world do meet to discuss recent developments. The powerhouses I refer to are energy producing nations that met recently at a very significant energy summit. This summit was held in Auckland, New Zealand. And while you may count it as one of the many useless deliberations between world governments, it was in fact a fruitful one.


This meet was attended by eighteen pacific nations and was co-sponsored by the World Bank, The Asian Development Bank and AusAID. This is enough information to understand the fact that this event was a globally significant one (though media normally prefer to report the saucy scandals). This summit was instrumental in exploring options for Pacific nations to achieve their energy targets and to raise monetary funds to help them do this.


The energy summit of course focused on the renewable sector including solar power. As you have heard time and again, solar power is the future of the energy sector and most world governments have accepted this view. Many of them want to focus on large scaled projects and one of the most essential factors involved in this (other than intention of course) is money.

In practicality a lot of funds go into creating a utility scale project and if world governments are to back this sort of development they will require to pour in a substantial amount. A lot of nations are willing to take this big leap. One such modern country which is also the first solar powered nation is the country of Tokelau. In November 2012 this country became the first ever solar powered land.

The example of this country was put forward to the crowd by the New Zealand’s Energy and Resources Minister (Mr Simon Bridges) in his speech. He said that the partnership between the two governments have enabled this land to get almost as much as Ninety-Five per cent of its energy from clean solar power. The Tokelau government with the help of the Kiwi Company PowerSmart were able to reach this hallmark.

The Kiwi land has been deservingly praised for its efforts in the Pacific- related projects especially to enhance the use of solar energy. The achievements in the Pacific are not limited to the land of Tokelau but many other countries. The prime minister of Cook Islands announces the country’s intention to switch to a 100% renewable energy by 2020.


Many countries with similar weather conditions and global warming effects are planning to make the switch as became clear in this unorthodox meet and open discussion. Many of these nations are threatened by the alarming rise in sea levels.

Whatever be the reason, the goal seems to have been achieved by most nations voicing their support for renewable energy and having visibly taken efforts to make the shift. Funding however, irrespective of intent and focus always seems to be an issue. The smaller nations complained of how funds are being diverted to the needs of more affluent nations and that needs to be looked into.

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Taking the right move:

With all the talk to the big switch to renewable energy, if you are one of the smart ones betting your money on solar power, I’d have to say good decision. After decades of struggling solar energy is finally getting the attention and appreciation that it actually deserves. Numerous households have installed PV systems and adopted the rooftop model. If you are next in line, it becomes imperative for you to know what you’re doing.

Just because you support renewable energy doesn’t necessarily mean you know everything about it. You do know that solar power is more eco-friendly than fossil fuels and that you should make the shift soon, but the question is how? Which solar panels are good and which are the not so efficient ones. Which one will be most compatible for your needs? You will find lists of solar panels rated online but how will you decide?


The reviews you find online might not be extremely reliable or honest. The simple reason for this is the amount of time and effort that goes into properly testing a panel. It takes at least a year to perfectly examine and assess solar panels. Not just time but a lot of monetary commitment goes into getting the appropriate hardware for the process.

Not everyone can give this sort of commitment to testing solar panels but fortunately, someone can. The personnel at the reputed Photon magazine have taken up this initiative and set up a project in Germany. The project involved 151 different brands of solar panels that have been spread out on a field and their energy outputs and working are carefully studied throughout the year.


Though all countries do not have weather conditions similar to that of the Deutschland, it is a rough assessment of how the panels will perform (relatively). You can always go with the classics but today I’d like to draw your attention to a relatively new brand which is almost as amazing. If you are new to the world of solar power it is obvious that you haven’t come across the “Trina” brand.


Cutting to the chase, how do the panels perform? Brilliantly! The performance ratio of these panels is 90.1% which is the hallmark in solar panel efficiencies. This means basically that a 300W panel would function like a 270W panel. Is that a good thing? Of course it is! Its temperature coefficient is also a marvellously nearly zero number (-0.41%C) which is as good as it gets in the industry.

Now speaking of the big guns and classics, there are some that in spite of all this performance of Trina will beat it with energy production due to other technological advancement. However, not one of them will be as pocket-friendly as Trina. For warmer temperatures too this newbie brand will perform wonders and for all you folk who do not have too many extra dollars to splurge, it will definitely be the better choice.

Now that you’ve read this assessment, go on and buy yourself your new solar panel.

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Removing the dirt using solar energy:

All of us have come across at least one strong headed environment activist who is convinced that renewable energy is the way into a bright future. There are many however who opposed the idea saying that not only was it highly costly, but also that the amount of fossil fuel energy that goes into making equipment for harnessing renewable power such as solar, wind, or otherwise, is much more than the energy generated by these sources that claim to be “clean”.

Until recently renewable energy advocates didn’t have a reply to this allegation (because it was true). But recent times have brought happier news for these go-green enthusiasts. Breakthrough studies have found out that the total amount of energy produced by PV installations has surpassed the level of fossil fuel energy that went into making it.



For those of you who are still lost in the midst of all this clean / dirty energy talk, let’s take a recap. Flashback to early 2000s when the concept of renewable energy was just starting to come out of the textbooks and take a practical form. Solar power has been, since then, the most widely accepted and appreciated form of energy since a lot of countries had easy access to the sun.

In order to actually set up projects with PV system installations, a lot of fossil fuel energy was required in the manufacturing and setting up process. Though the intentions behind producing this technology were very noble, use of polluting fossil fuels was inevitable. This was an opportunity for those in support of the damaging exhaustible energy sources to pounce at pro-renewable activists.

The final point of debate boiled down to the fact that though PV solar cell installations are being propagated, they are neither cost effective and nor are they eco-friendly. The fact that more ‘dirty’ energy went into their making than they could generate ‘clean’ power, was an indisputable fact. However, we’ve lived to see better times.


Experts from Stanford University who conducted the assessment are of the opinion that the solar industry has taken great strides. They mentioned in their press releases, that PV is producing a net energy to benefit the society. This means that for the first time since their manufacturing gained momentum, PV systems are actually producing enough energy to amount to more than that used to make them.

This is also not the end of good news for solar energy fans. The assessments also suggest that solar power is at a crucial stage of development and it is in fact possible that it might nullify the energy put into its making. Wondering what that means? It simply means payback. With new technology, durability and large scale adoption of solar power globally, it is very plausible that solar power will generate more energy than fossil fuel energy was ever used to produce the systems.

Developments like these keep up the reputation of these clean energy sources intact. The world community at large will benefit greatly if this plan of full manufacture payback works out well.

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The popular “Frack Off” campaign has been a debate ever since it gained momentum globally. This campaign is basically an initiative aimed at stopping the extraction of fossil fuels by unconventional methods. These techniques include primarily hydraulic ‘fracturing’ of rocks to extract mainly gas and petroleum.


While comparatively new (a few decades old), these techniques are much more harmful to the environment than the conventional methods (like oil wells). While shrewd corporates refuse to believe that this method is damaging, the campaign against this practice has spread far and wide; at least among pro-renewable energy activists and environment conservationists. Also, there are many common folk from a lot of countries who’re seen protesting against this form of abuse against nature.


The reason for these vigorous protests is the fact that fracturing has led to polluting air and water of many regions in the UK as well as in the southern hemisphere countries like Australia. The people living around these areas are forced to inhale toxic air and drink impure water. The process involves fracturing deeply buried rocks with a sort of pressurized fluid.

In the Aussie land, top government personalities like the Premier of New South Wales, Mr Barry O’Farrell have raised their voices in concern. The infamous AGL energy industry has been the cause of the wrath of numerous campaigners. This company has decided to turn a blind eye to all the environmental degradation that it is creating and has chosen to claim its activities as innocent and harmless.

Campaigners have taken a lot of efforts to quash the gas industry’s claims that ‘fracking’ is not injurious to nature; hence the ‘frack off’ chant. However, the gas industry in an attempt to shift the blame has pointed its finger towards its distant cousin, coal. And while it is true that coal is affecting Mother Nature far adversely than gas, this shouldn’t be the real topic of discussion in any case.


The real point of talks according to solar power activists should be adopting renewable energy with open arms. The list of the nasty effects of fossil fuel extractions is never-ending. The true challenge is making the switch from polluting energy to clean eco-friendly sources of energy. With all the new technology and wide-spread awareness about use of renewable sources of power such as solar energy, it is high time we took the big leap.

The only issue is the price difference between these two sources of energy. While novel cost-effective technology like solar panels is becoming popular, methods such as fracking will only cut down the prices for fossil-fuel energy. This method in spite of its list of disadvantages like global warming, health deterioration, environment degradation etc. will be able to provide people a pocket-friendly source of energy.

Considering the rate at which subsidies on renewable energy are being cut back and projects focusing on inexhaustible energy are being side lined even by the major countries of the world, renewable energy will not be able to compete with the low prices of fracked gas. In order to avoid this disastrous method to continue, we must all start protesting against this method and embrace renewable energy like solar power.

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The cost of solar panels have truncated in recent times. The price of the solar panels fluctuate from a hundred dollar to five hundred dollar each hinging on a variety of factors, like physical size, its brand, its durability, and the type of material used in its production.


Pike’s research table:

While investing on a solar panel the quality of the constituents used is customarily a salient deliberation. Differentiating it by just by or cost does make the job uncomplicated.

Solar industry for quite some time now, has been using ‘TIER RANKING’ (TIER 1, TIER 2 and TIER 3), basing on Pike’s research, where TIER 1 is the finest kind of solar panel and TIER 3 the worst kind. Below are the derivations of the three kinds of solar panels available in the market.

Tier one solar panel:

Tier one solar panel manufacturer comprise a small scale of the total number of manufacturer, which is around 2%, as stated by Pike.

The tier one solar panel are vertically integrated. The manufacturers assemble their panels from square one. This enables them with the power to regulate the whole of the manufacturing process, be it silicon cells or module frames or panel assembly.

They perennially invest in the R&D (Research and Development). This fortify that they stay on top by repeatedly bring about an innovation in their production and production processes.

We currently sell a Jinko Solar panel as our Tier 1 Solar panel.

They use supreme quality of mechanization that are propitious to standard level of production quality and helps in curtailing the manufacturing costs.

The manufacturers of solar panels TIER 1 are manufacturing for a prolonged period of over five years. Bring in the industry for this long is a testimony of the company’s lastingness as well as its commitment to the customers. It means that the company will stick around to provide service for the warranties provided by them.

Tier two solar panel:

The TIER TWO solar panel manufacturers are medium scale manufacturers, comprising 8% of the total solar panel manufacturer, according to the research of PIKE.

They have bare minimum or almost no investment in the R&D. They use partly mechanized method of manufacture and count mostly on manual procedures. They are in this line of production for relative 2-5 years.

They manufacturer are somehow aspiring to be TIER 1 but are falling short of some attributes to accomplish it.

Tier three solar panel:

These type of manufacturer incorporate the majority of the market, as Pike affirms.

They do not have their own operation and depend on other companies for their production quality. They only nurture manual line of production and are in the industry for less than two years. These companies might not be around in years to come, as the industry stabilizes.

Points to remember:

But anyone can claim that is it a TIER 1 solar panel. The following are some factors to judge this:

  • The manufacturer has a local office or not.
  • They have verification to validate their claim or not.
  • Whether Pike’s research is the foundation of heir assertion.
  • Which companies form a part of the manufacturers?
  • Whether they contribute in the development of the industry.

The customer has to go through a sturdy and taxing quest to determine the accurate solar panel to be installed.




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Australia turns out to be the first developed country nation to abrogate carbon tax after almost a decade of political dispute. The introduction of carbon tax had caused an enormous amount of resentment among people and business firms. The abolition of the carbon tax formed a significant part of Tony Abbott’s election campaign. Jettisoning the tax is the foundation of Tony Abbott’s economic stratagem for the country.


The abolition of the carbon tax cannot be taken as conquest. It might be a wining aspect for the government but it engenders the defeat of the common good of the nation.

If we examine in order to determine was the carbon tax was yielding results, we see that the climatic change is inevitable without the taxation on the emission. The greenhouse gas emission has an influence on the depleted amount of rainfall and various amount of climatic changes. Studies levy that more than 60% of the gas emission has to be curbed to restrain the increase in the temperature and cause a disruption in the eco-system.

The carbon tax revocation may provide some comfort in the beginning with the reduction in the electricity bills for businesses and households respectively but not so in the long-run.

Australia’s economy will be adversely effected by obliterating the carbon tax. Australia is highly dependent on coal for its power and it is likely with this abolition, the coal power will surge within a decade and it will pilot to a greater cost of energy.

Why is carbon tax necessary?

Carbon taxation ensures that business firms will consider the amount of carbon emission into their decision making process. It instruments them to transpose from the former technology to a new technology, which will ascertain a lower amount of emission.

This kind of taxation was imposed on other menacing gas emissions, like CFC (Chlorofluorocarbon). Without such pricing, companies would have the flexibility to produce any amount of carbon emission. The carbon tax would have helped to fabricate a world repressed of carbon.

A substantial amount of Australia’s business depends on non-renewable energy generation. If Australia’s trading partner like China or US move to achieve a low-carbon economic system, Australia will definitely incur hardships working with them.

How will repealing save household and business?

The coalition government is forging companies to promptly take up cost saving policies. The power is estimated to diminish by 8% and gas prices by 6%. The Prime Minister have guaranteed a total saving of $550 per annum and Greg Hunt evaluated that this would indicate a saving of around $3000 for each family over the next few years.

The termination of the carbon tax will taper the cost enforced on the gas and electricity firms. This would result in the shrinking of the wholesale electricity cost.

According to the government, the tax on carbon is detrimental. They would inflate the bills of the household and business to a great extent. It is also argued to be crushing job opportunities by ravaging industries.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is supervising prices and profits of the paramount sectors of the economic system of Australia, especially the electricity and gas companies. And the government debates that Australia will thrive better without the carbon pricing.





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Why Australia lags behind in solar sector?


With the positive climatic conditions it appreciates it is amazing to see that Australia is lingering behind in the international race for solar energy. As of September a year ago the vast nation had a total of just 300 MW of vitality generation through solar PV panels.


These generally low figures when contrasted with different countries, is fundamentally due to the cost per KW of solar panels implied they weren’t as financially feasible as the cost of electricity produced by coal. This was up until the last couple of years, when the administration ventured in with liberal motivators and solar schemes to change that unevenness.

So since 2009 however Australia has made extraordinary steps in making the sun powered industry more expert and better directed, and as the business has blasted overall assembling expenses have dropped impressively.

As an aftereffect of this, together with enhanced solar technology giving more noteworthy vitality productivity and small sized panels, the cost per KW of solar power has been halved and solar PV frameworks are considerably more reasonable for an average family than before.

Government’s support:

With considerable government speculation support for renewable vitality projects, the emerging carbon tax to give all the more financing to innovative work, and increased investor interest for huge scale solar sector and different activities, the nation can be considered as a sleeping monster in the renewable vitality field.

With it broadly tipped similar to one of the top developed industries in the following decade, the solar energy of Australia is relied upon to climb rapidly upwards, and ideally we will soon have a place with this rundown of world pioneers in solar energy era.

Japan’s nuclear power plant:

Japan – In spite of the fact that Japan is more prone to be known for its nuclear power plants, the fact of the matter is the Japanese already have the most elevated solar power producing ability after Germany and Spain (more than 2600 MW).

After the recent atomic fiasco as a consequence of tsunami, the Japanese government is expanding its endeavors to enhance the solar industry rather, and create less expensive and more productive solar cells later on so they can step by step supplant atomic vitality.

United States – The US solar energy capacity of 1650 MW is less for its populace however anticipated that would double within of a couple of years as the legislature is presently dealing with a state level strategy and various extensive scale ventures. Many of the nations real enterprises are likewise embracing solar investments, and in addition making it a need to diminish their carbon footprints by making their houses more vitality proficient and decreasing carbon emissions.

Italy – The quick development of the Italian solar industry has been b brought by an all around outlined and sectioned feed in tariff scheme that supported more occupants to introduce rooftop solar panels.

China – It’s not a misrepresentation to say that shabby, quality solar panels from China have driven the domestic demand for solar panels in Australia.

So now the question arise that after noting great advancements of different countries in solar sector, will Australia strive hard to reach upto the mark?

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Solar Power in Adelaide


As years pass by, the charge rate for electricity is accelerating. And, the more awful thing is that the measure of power rate does surge once every year, rather it surge twice or even thrice every year. The current monetary circumstance cautions individuals and it frequently makes them think of a choice of cutting up their power. Yet there are many individuals who are not aware of a brilliant alternative solution towards having power supply, and that is through using solar energy framework.


There are a few people who are as of now aware of the previously stated renewable vitality solution yet they have a tendency to overlook it eventually. Be that as it may, today, solar power in Adelaide is emerging as a highly-regarded choice by numerous.

Benefits of solar power:

Switching to solar vitality framework conveys a considerable measures of advantages to mortgage holders. Since solar vitality framework supplies vitality through sunlight, there will be no charge by any means. Despite the fact that you will require some bucks in buying a solar panel, it is still profitable on you’re part on the grounds that you don’t have to pay even a single penny for the electrical usage.

Another benefit of solar power systems is as a rule ecologically cordial. Solar energy is produced by the earth therefore it can be considered as a characteristic and clean vitality not at all like the non-renewable fuels which are wellspring of carbon emissions. Through availing the solar power in Adelaide, you can’t simply spare cash however you can likewise help in minimizing pollution.

Solar power system in Adelaide just requires simple establishment and support. You can even do the setup in your own and look for minor help from the experts. On the off chance that effectively done, you can as of now accomplish a powerful solar system which lives up to expectations productively for you.

But part from all these, a thing which truly has become a headache for the people of Adelaide is Shonky Voltages. Due to this people usually face inverters shut down over Christmas.

They are closing down in light of the fact that the lattice voltage is by all accounts frequently going higher than 257V. Numerous inverters are intended to close down when the systems gets this high, so as to safeguard the inverter hardware.

As indicated by the Australian Standard (AS 60038-2012), the voltage ought to be kept at 230V – 6%/+ 10%. So the most astounding it ought to get is 253V.

SA power networks:

Tragically SA Power Networks appear to be especially awful at controlling the voltages in their system, and it is not incredible to see the voltage get up to 263V at your neighborhood Stobie Pole.

Yet, where they do cause an issue is in hardware unwavering quality and effectiveness. Electrical hardware is intended to work with ideal effectiveness at 230V (50Hz).

But, it is observed that in Adelaide the voltage never gets anywhere close to the goal of 230V, and hops more than 260V equitable before late morning where it stays for quite a long time.

So the only solution to overcome the above mentioned problem, one should maintain their voltage limits.

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Solar Installations can get you lots of bucks!


Earning more money with solar installations:

With the incredible improvements in the technology there has been a quick development in the demand for cleaner vitality. The demand has accelerated in the most recent couple of years as a part of clean vitality campaign by each and every nation of the world. In this manner the requirement for renewable and sustainable sources of energy has increased in the recent past. The quest for alternative sources has begun quite a while ago with water being the most distinguished alternative sources.

Alternative source:

The alternative source banter has reached to new statures, as the governments worldwide are searching for advanced and superior resources. The research and development has indicated solar energy as one of the best alternatives in this regard. The energy from sun or solar energy harvested through solar cell technology has been the decisive moment in terms of alternative sources. The best thing about this type of vitality is that it is totally free of any toxins. The solar energy can be collected in a few ways and the development of the technology has guaranteed that the gathered energy is of top quality.

Nowadays solar energy products are being installed by individuals and organizations around the world to become self sustaining in power source. Envision a complete house or business center being run by the solar driven energy, not only does the building becomes self sustaining as well as permits individuals to contribute to the conservation of natural assets.

As is frequently the case in Australia, the Government has no national plan and rules for renewable and clean energy; the plan is being actualized by the States exclusively and along these lines the subtle elements of the plan differ for you depending on where you live. In any case, solar rebates and credits will profit you wherever you are in Australia.


Rooftop solar panel:

Joseph Matthew, a resident of NSW, Australia, placed rooftop solar panel on his home, but not on the grounds that he is an earthy person but rather in light of the fact that he wished to increase his home’s resale value. As mentioned by Joseph, introducing the rooftop solar panel four years ago appeared like having an extra bathroom. He likewise believed that the installation expense may be recouped because the overall cost of his home would increase.

Specialists are commenting that albeit solar leasing is more budget friendly for purchasers on a long haul premise, mortgage holders are not liable to harvest acceptable premium on resale unless they posses the solar panels. The individuals who own solar panels installed homes make handsome home resale value benefits in Australia.

Many people also believe that houses with solar power rooftops sell faster than the ones who don’t have solar panels installed on them. The NSW government has, as of late, hinted of distancing itself from its elected partners’ hard line strategy against renewable vitality. Maybe a policy change along the lines as proposed by Mr Ray could be the beginning of another commute towards supporting, rather than preventing, renewable vitality activities in the state!


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ARENA – a helping hand


The government of Australia has built up a thorough Clean Energy Plan to address the looming impacts of global warming and decrease the nation’s carbon emissions.


The Clean Energy Plan has four noteworthy components to accomplish its objectives; the Carbon Tax, renewable vitality sources, activity on the area and energy efficiency.

The Need for Action – The comprehensive plan of the legislature was driven by solid financial reasons as well as concern with respect to the factual impacts of global warming and climate change, which if left unchecked could have a cataclysmic impact on our surroundings, economy and lifestyle.

The regime has likewise recognized that reducing our carbon emissions will guarantee the continued flourishing of the nation as a country. The outcomes of not acting are more prominent than what it will cost on the off chance that they are tended to now.

Objectives – Eventually the objective of the nation is to diminish its carbon emissions by 23% by 2020, and more than 80% in the year 2050 while doing its best in reducing global emissions.

Why Tax Carbon?

Beside being one of the crucial parts of the overall plan, putting a cost on carbon is a standout amongst the most ecological and monetarily well disposed methods for reducing national emissions.

Supporting the Country – As the carbon tax is executed and the nation experiences alteration towards a clean vitality future the government of Australia will support groups and money related help to families and organizations.

A liberal tax break will be offered to families (contingent upon your monetary status and capacities) and increments in annuities and remittances. The tax reductions will eventually increase over the past years paralleling the impacts of carbon tax it with the tax threshold.

Over $9 billion was apportioned to bolster employments amid the transition period under the Jobs and Competitiveness Program.

The Role of Renewable Energy Investments – By taking advantage of renewable types of vitality Australia will diminish its carbon emissions essentially. The nation is honored with world class investigates that are right now leading to new advancements and making leaps forward.

Sources like solar, wind and geothermal vitality will assume a fundamental part in the overall plan and the national government will give economical help both to research and applications.

The questionable Clean Energy Finance Corporation will have an initial seed of $10 billion that will be spent into renewable vitality and low carbon technologies.

While CEFC is accountable for the actual application of the technology, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will lead the development, research, commercialization and demonstration of potential sources.

As of now local governments have done their part by actualizing different solar rewards and plans that accelerated the business by a few folds and supported the solar capacity of the nation.

Vitality Efficiency:

By utilizing vitality shrewdly and all the more proficiently the nation can bring down its carbon emissions without any major ventures done. By finding methods for sparing vitality and educating general society about it Australia will have a steady measure to renewables.

The Prime Minister has made a team on vitality productivity to screen and look at the most sparing ways and best practices to spare vitality and help families from the rising vitality costs.

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Solar energy has recently instigated a power shift in the energy sector. With all the talk of peak oil and going green, clean energy sources are being adopted by many countries. The European continent has striven hard to make its mark in this field. Nations like Germany, France and Switzerland have been in the forefront. Technology improvement and cost-cutting have been primary issues of focus and radical steps have been taken to reduce the burden on household pockets.

Large scale projects have also been taken up by governments with a view to manifest their support for solar power. This support however is inconsistent and changes with changing governments. Like a lot of false promises made to win seats, untrue promises are made on the subject of solar energy as well. One such country where politicians changed their minds post-election is Belgium.


The region of Flanders, in the chocolate producing paradise of Belgium is having a major solar energy crisis. One may tend to sympathize with the financial trouble that the entire economy is facing. The area had installed a laughable quantity of PV and the situation could easily be described as disastrous. In early 2013 only 606 kilowatts of PV capacity was installed and compared to the much more idealistic assurances given, this was a huge disappointment.

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This poor performance in the solar field has however been the subject of a blame game. The authorities in concern have pointed fingers at the retrospective grid tax applicable to all PV systems installed in the Flanders region. Yes, you read that right! A retroactive tax. On solar power. The conditions just keep getting unfavorable for renewable energy, don’t they! In spite of cost-effective technology, with legislations like these, solar power is going to prove to be rather pocket-pinching for ordinary households.

Retrospective taxing measures are never well-received and definitely not when combined with cuts in the Green Certificate program. The whole idea of guaranteed minimum pricing that was the highlight of this program seems to have been forgotten by the people making policy decisions like this taxing scheme. All installations since 2010 will be taxable under this law. The solar power enthusiasts and propagators have been thoroughly let down by this ambushing decision of the Flemish government.


If a little economic turmoil can make policies sway, should other countries also be scared for their renewable energy sectors? A lot of investment and promises have been made on the name of solar energy in many countries like India, Australia, even Saudi Arabia! Of course logically money into solar energy is investment not expense, but will all governments and personnel be so rational as to see that? It is quite doubtful.

With elections due in numerous countries, is the future of solar power standing on shaky ground? While many top leaders like Andrew Cuomo of the United States, have been strong supporters of solar energy and taken up huge projects, there is always some doubt regarding the position of renewable energy in the global, energy mix.

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All the progress and technological enhancement in the solar energy field seems to have yielded pleasant results. For those strong supporters of solar power who have been advertising it as the best form of alternative energy, there have recently been few occasions to celebrate. One of the top manufacturers of solar inverters, Power-one has been acquired by a Swiss engineering giant, the ABB Group.


The Italian inverters of Power-one are the second bestselling inverters globally, following closely behind the SMA inverters. With this new acquisition, it might just beat SMA to the finish line. SMA has been at the top of the ladder for a while and has not been proactive there. They have not been showing interests in new markets like micro-inverters.

Power-One on the other hand has adapted to the evolving market rather well and is all set to market its products full throttle. Its new deep pockets will come in handy for this. How deep are the pockets exactly you wonder? A whopping Billion dollars deep! Yes, the acquisition has costed ABB $1 billion. This investment as the ABB Group seems to think too, is bound to be a profitable venture.


A study on PV reliability in the United States (conducted by A.Kaushika and A.Golnasb) concluded that 69% system failures occurred due to inverter failure and 48% were due to control software crashes. In order to overtake the SMA inverters, Aurora inverters (produced by Power-One) would have to beat them to the monitoring software. Here is where the ABB coalition will prove to be a blessing.

ABB for those not very conversant with the solar power business, have one of the most reliable monitoring software products called the 800XA. The Swiss group is also an employer of more than 1, 45,000 minds, including some of the smartest software techies. This will play a crucial role in determining the quality of the micro-inverters.

Technology available at ABB is used even by nuclear energy plants and that is a good sign. They have the ability to make foolproof software which will be required if Aurora is to become the best. They have the resources to make automated monitoring a reality. In case of discrepancies in your solar panels, the software would be able to automatically detect and fix the problems. It would be a troubleshoot feature for solar panels.

With their current resources (including Power-One) the ABB Group also has a vision to create a code that can collaborate hundreds of thousands of PV systems in a cloud (yes just like your iPhones) to create virtual power stations that sell their combined power directly to the grid.

With all this talk of ABB’s techno-power, you’re probably thinking that Power-one is really lucky. The truth is that there is an equal quid-pro-quo. If ABB wishes to make a perfect debut reputation for itself in the solar market especially in the field of micro-inverters, it is but natural that it will chose the player with most potential; which in this case happens to be Power-one of the Aurora fame.

Future of solar energy:

This deal has put the solar industry on the billion dollar map and it will grow even more in the future.

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Oz Land letting in some sunshine


Solar power in Australia is a relatively new concept but has gained considerable attention over the last decade. Australia is a land of the sun and can easily harness solar energy all year round. This southern hemisphere state is currently producing about 4100 megawatts of installed photovoltaic solar energy and there is tremendous activism going on for it to reach its full potential.

The rest of the world has already made huge advancement in the field of solar energy. Even major fossil fuel exporting countries like Saudi Arabia, have started making heavy investments in renewable power. The “peak oil” era has approached and smart investors are beginning to place their bets on solar power as the best alternative to the pollution creating fossil fuel sector.

Oz Land letting in some sunshine:


Like most world governments, the Aussie powerhouses in Canberra have accepted the need to switch to solar power and the Centre for Policy Development in Australia has come out with a ‘landmark’ study. This study however has only highlighted the points that were already being pursued by clean energy activists for a very long time. Nevertheless, government acknowledgement is bound to create a nation-wide stir on the topic and make people more proactive.

The report has highlighted a few key points. One of these is that the nation is bound to be hit hard by the soaring electricity charges. There is an urgent need felt to take steps and curb this nuisance. In the modern world, as pointed out in the report, alternative renewable energy sources are being adopted.

Since the sun is in abundance in the land Down Under, it is the most obvious choice. Many homes have installed solar panels and made an effort to not only cut down on bills but also save the environment. The report mentions that “if” taken up by companies, solar energy could help slash down electricity prices. This particular point was merely stating the obvious.

Author’s view:

Also, expert author Laurie Eadie who was also the chief influencer of the report has made an interesting point of ulterior motives. She says that the vested interests of companies in using fossil fuels cannot be discounted. Just like the infamous Koch Brothers of the United States, Australia too has its devil’s advocates who support the use of environment disrupting fossil fuels.

In order to make the proposed solar energy available to all households in the land, the rooftop model has been suggested. This model is recommended to all an efficient transition from coal and oil to a clean and reliable form of energy. The government must come up with policies that are customized to propagate the installations of rooftop solar panels all over the country.

While these ideas cannot claim to original or novel, the manner of their portrayal has certainly improved. The government is being seriously lobbied into making policies that are favorable for large scale utility solar projects. Also reasonably priced and affordable rooftop energy is the goal that the CPD is trying to achieve.

With the keen interest of the government, and visibly proactive associations in favor of the trending solar power, the energy market structure in Australia is going to witness some major power shifts really soon.


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Solar power investments getting bigger:

The Solar power sector has been in the limelight recently on account of some heavy investing that has come its way. So far, renewable energy players have been on the back foot in the energy market. As noble as the intentions of renewable power players are, they’ve had very little financial backing in the past. Recent events have revealed the true potential of the solar energy market.


A big gun of the Swiss energy market, popular player ABB Group has acquired solar power equipment manufacturers, Power-One. This acquisition was budgeted to a whopping $1 Billion. It is not every day that the solar power industry cuts a billion dollar deal. Many think of this as an achievement for Power-One as it will soon have the monetary backing to beat its biggest competitor SMA Solar.

The win though can’t be for Aurora singularly. A firm as reputed as ABB would not make investments that it did not deem profitable. The recent news has been full of “peak oil” discussions. Experts have declared that we are now at the peak of oil production. Countries like Saudi Arabia that consider oil as one of their major sources of revenue, have also decided to turn to solar power by launching government sponsored large scale solar power initiatives.



As per the experts, we are moving into decline of oil and other fossil fuel reserves. And even though there might be unexplored areas that could be dug up, the cost is going to be much more than the other forms of harnessing energy will cost. It’s time that the world began to acknowledge the need and scope of renewable energy; solar power to be specific.

Joe Hogan, who was the CEO of the ABB Group when the decision of making the acquisition was made, said that solar grid parity with fossil fuels was a chief factor that led the fabled group to make this purchase. Solar photovoltaic is subtlety transforming the structure of the energy sector.

Power-One has a strong standing in the industry, and is well known for its Aurora inverters. It has created a name for itself as a technology innovator and this particular collaboration of expertise and dosh could very well become the gateway into the world where solar energy would rule all other forms of energy generation.

Considering that the smart minds of the ABB Group have decided to believe in and throw in their lot with the field of solar energy, it is a clear indication of the future to come. A lot of the big guns will follow this lead and invest in renewable energy. There have been significant developments in solar power especially with investments from companies such as Google. This is a sure step forward and an occasion to celebrate for solar power propagators.

Though Google would add brand value to solar power for the people generally, the ABB Group investment is a larger achievement for those well-connected in the industry. This opens the sector up to floodgates of investments and collaboration opportunity. This would mean that the once faded concept of renewable energy will manage now to gain some momentum and reach its full potential.




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Get better returns from your solar system


Consider three questions about your rooftop and get better returns from your solar system

When you walk into your nearest mobile store to get your mobile handset repaired, imagine yourself being asked questions about your solar panel instead of about the real problem associated with your phone (Avoid your correspondent’s reference to solar power even in an example slightly off track from the solar industry)! I would classify you as a normal person if you were bewildered and thought the salesperson was insane. That clearly defines the idea that few things are extremely basic and require no cross-examination. So if and when you’re dealing with solar power, the only thing that should concern you is your roof. And there exist three questions central to your roof in the discussion of solar power which I shall now move on to..

Questioning the viewer:

Question 1:  What is the ideal direction?


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To many of you this question may sound trivial. But there is much to say about choosing the correct direction for your roof. (Sorry for those who cannot help it!) To all those of you who have been promised systems by installers on south-facing roofs, I suggest you research more thoroughly or reconsider the proposal. South, south-east or south-west aren’t the suited for solar power systems. If you were to choose between East and West, I suggest you chose the latter, given that maximum electricity is consumed during the later half of the day. But the most optimum direction, which you may have guessed by now, is north. It is best suited for Australia. So having assured that, you move on to the next consideration.

Question 2: Does the angle of your roof matter?

Ensure your roof isn’t flat. If it is not, read on! Panels installed on angled roofs perform certainly better than flat roofs. But variation in the angle shouldn’t bother you much. So if your roof is angled at 15 degrees compared to your friend’s 22 degree angled roof, you needn’t bother much. As long as your roof is angled as flat roofs absorb roughly 9% less energy than pitched ones. If your installer does not recommend installing angled panels on your flat roofs, I suggest you switch to the next best alternative!

Question 3: Will a shaded roof affect your solar output?

One of the major hurdles to solar power is having a shade above your roof. All clouds, directions and the pitch become trivial if there’s shade above your roof. Don’t take your correspondent for an anti-environmentalist but the trees above your roof are the biggest devil when it comes to harnessing solar power. So next time your installer fools you for “shade-tolerant panels”, do not get fooled. These are only designed to pull light in areas exposed to less sunlight. They are no alternative, whatsoever!

Now for most households, there ought to be some shade in the form of trees, multi-storey buildings or poles. The first thing you do is get an authentic installer to check it up and accordingly advise you. One of the most viable alternatives in the market is the comprehensive system called SunEye.


And yet, if you are made into believing that there exists a better alternative than the above mentioned, your million-dollar investments is just, in the most blatant words, falling into the drains!


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Misinformation by energy utilities crippling renewable energy?

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How long will energy utilities revert to misinformation to cripple the renewable energy target?

One of our previous articles dealt with the idea of big energy utility companies blaming green power as “the sole reason behind electricity bills soaring high”. The NSW government’s and the utility companies’ apparent war against the solar industry disturbed most of us here at SQHQ. Their idea of influencing the 2014 review of the RET was seen by young minds at our headquarters as a wing of the larger campaign against solar power. What drives their ability to influence? Misinformation. Very recently, the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) recommended that households using solar power be charged more if they were to use utility infrastructure. Yes, that is how nasty they can get to market their utilities! Do you not see it as a clear part of the anti-renewable campaign as we do?

A big lie:

The old saying goes, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it”. And by now you have guessed what the lie is. The lie that this company very conveniently depicted on the lower right corner of electricity bills, proclaiming carbon tax and green schemes to be the major reason behind skyrocketing bills! And our previous article very clearly mentioned the (harsh, for all narks) reality that the actual cause for high bills was increase in network costs and that of power poles.

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Misinformation has reached the level of incorrect quotation of facts as well. IPART has argues that the network businesses that transmit electricity from the power stations to their customers eat up majority of the cost tat your electricity bills account for. It also blames air conditioners for the added pressure.

Amidst all this what is ironical? These fossil-fuel fans (a.k.a polluters) assert firmly that the truth should never be gotten in way of the campaign against renewables because it would expose the grim picture. And they have the nerve to assert! Those big red letters blaming green power for soaring electricity bills speak for themselves, don’t they? But what is further frustrating is the fact that these narks don’t stand alone. Our pollies and policy makers stand in their support. Time and again, big energy utilities have claimed much nonsense about renewables and the pollies have backed their claims. A mixed bag of vested interests allows either party to support the other, thus standing in the way of the renewable energy market from leading the revolution it wishes to lead.

Economic aspect:

But the economic aspect also reveals that the utilities are finding it difficult to survive market pressure. Even though we have still not been able to wash them away, they have realized a significant drop in market sales, thanks to the intelligent choices you Australians have begun to make. However still, it is difficult to imagine big utilities falling to the level of misguiding you wonderful Aussies into believing their incorrect figures and facts and playing this dirty fight. We, here at SQHQ, still have faith that you will stand up for your roofs rather than the poles. Won’t you?

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Australia should go for Alternative Energy Forms


 Depletion of fossil fuels has always been a concern with nations worldwide. Leaders have been searching for other forms of energy, harnessing which will help them face the threat from future energy crisis.

Alternative energy sources have been found to be a good replacement for traditional energy methods. Many countries, both industrialized and developing, have adapted and have installed systems that help them harness the renewables. While countries are busy molding energy policies to promote the usage and support people, Australia seems to be lagging behind.

The political parties and the Government don’t seem to be interested in promoting solar energy usage. The initial subsidies given on these systems have been withdrawn. Government seems to focus on promoting the usage on fossil fuels saying that future of Australia is safe with fossil fuels. They don’t seem to realize the positives of solar energy. Harnessing alternative energy not only saves your money but also brings in a lot of other advantages.

Solar panels add value to home

Solar panels definitely add value to your home.

Saving Money

Solar panels are available in affordable prices and this price range has been reducing since a long time. More Aussie households have realized this fact and have adopted solar systems for their domestic usage. These systems are popular among lower income groups. Also, cheaper and reliable systems made in China are also available in the market.

Employment Opportunities

Energy crisis can only be faced with the energy produced from alternative energy sources. The sector offers more employment opportunities than that are available in fossil fuels sector. It is reported that many villagers are employed in alternative energy sector. This number is over 20, 000.


The energy produced from renewables like solar is clean. This doesn’t cause any harm to the environment because there is no harmful gas emission while harnessing and storing it. This is not the case with fossil fuels. Pollution-free alternative energy forms can benefit the world in a big way. This seems to be solution for many problems that are to dawn upon the world.

Control over Emissions

As mentioned earlier, the carbon emissions from the fossil fuels pollute the environment. With alternative energy forms, this can be reduced to a great extent. Not only is it cheaper, but also it is the most safe form of energy production and usage. Countries that use solar energy are a proof of the growing popularity of such energy forms.


Latest technology has been used in manufacturing the solar panel systems. Systems have been changed as per various needs like domestic usage, large farms and hot water systems.

Why Australian Government should Support Solar Energy?

The country is blessed with huge landscapes that are helpful to trap solar energy and wind energy. It is easy for a country like Australia to harness these energy forms because of the geography. Energy can be produced for commercial purposes and can be distributed to people for various businesses. As seen till now, solar energy is being used by households as well as small and medium businesses. This would support the people who grapple with skyrocketing electricity prices.

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What is Australia doing to Curb Electricity Charges?


Solar energy is becoming one of the most popular forms of renewable energy sources across the world. Countries, both developed and developing, are investing in more solar power systems. Australia is also seeing many households and small industries using solar panels to source energy for their benefit. However, recent studies have shown that the increasing electricity charges are affecting the country badly.

Research by Centre for Policy Development

The research has pointed out that Australia might face a huge energy crisis in the near future. This is due to the fact that electricity charges are increasing on a regular basis.

Another fact to be noticed is that solar energy usage is becoming increasingly popular among the Australians. Harnessing solar energy could prove helpful and could help the continent face the energy crisis that is also haunting the world. It would definitely help reduce the electricity charges.

As per Laura Eadie, Sustainable Economy Research Director at the CPD and the main author to prepare the report, states that because of vested interest from some people, opposition to promoting alternative energy sources is likely, especially in case of solar energy.

The highlighting factor in the report is the impact that rooftop solar panels can make in the nearing energy crisis in Australia. The rooftop panels definitely seem to have a positive impact. These systems are affordable, reliable and produce clean energy that supports the environment instead of harming it.

Australians seem to embrace the solar energy systems widely that is helping them cut their electricity charges. Most of the households have set up rooftop panels that help them generate energy for household uses. As per the study, the Government should issue subsidies to promote the usage that can be a he benefit and support to people. It also states that energy policies need to be molded in order to encourage people to use solar energy more.

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The Australian Government should notice the fact that increasing charges for electricity are affecting the lower income group more than any other groups. Perfect planning needs to be put in place to support those badly affected.

Modifying the energy policy:

Though the points highlighted in the report are old, the most important thing here is to notice the way the organization is handling the issue. CPD has always been claiming to be an independent think tank. The CPD claims that it is independent in analyzing the political scenario in the country and aims to positively influence the Government to modify the energy policy to support the solar energy promotion.


The report provides an encouraging idea to the people of Australia about the Government’s plan to support solar energy usage. This would prove to be helpful for the future energy crisis that haunts the people and the Government alike.


Australia’s approach to solar energy promotion seems to be slower than the rest of the world. Many other nations have realized the need for alternative energy promotion to sustain now as well as to promise their people a better tomorrow. It is highly likely that alternative energy sources will replace fossil fuels soon.




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Why is Solar Energy Still Popular?


Many countries in the world have started using solar power in a big way. Initially, since the governments reduced the tariffs and supported households as well as business to start using the energy. Solar systems are still popular among small and medium businesses even after the Government has stopped subsidizing the prices of the systems.

Most of the households in Australia now have the support of solar panel systems that help them limit the usage of electricity to some extent. This is clearly proven by the recent electricity bills, which shows a lesser amount. More households are drifting towards using solar panels since the electricity charges have gone high due to various reasons.


While its cheaper for households to go for solar energy, small and medium businesses are also following the suit and installing these systems for their office usage. The increasing electricity charges, plummeting price tariffs of solar panel systems and usage of a normal small and medium business are the reasons behind this.

Why Solar for Small and Medium Businesses?

Most of these businesses operate between 9 and 5. It is better to use solar energy in this time frame as it is available aplenty. This has helped them reduce their electricity bills to almost 35 percent less than previous bill amounts. This being the case, the withdrawal of Government’s subsidies on solar panels or solar systems has not affected these businesses.

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Small and medium business could also benefit from the initial support given by the Government, but solar panels for businesses manufactured were extremely expensive. Though most businesses have already started reaping the benefits of solar panels, some are yet to catch up. This seems to the best time to invest in solar panels as the prices have plummeted like never before. The firms that are lagging behind don’t seem to realize the benefits of the solar energy.

Electricity tariffs:

Based on the electricity tariffs, the time frame to payback might vary. This will also be dependent on the company’s ability to harness the solar energy produced every day. It is quite possible for businesses, which pay more than 30c/kWh electricity tariffs, to get their returns back in three years. A little bit of hard work may be required for this though. A more realistic and feasible expectation would be a period of five years. This is a happier option too.

As the electricity prices keep increasing, the rate of return for solar energy systems investment will be between 10 to 35 percent. To support small and medium businesses, solar companies offer financial terms up to 5 years in which period the businesses can hire-purchase solar systems.

With all these positive sides to solar panel systems, increasing popularity of these are to be continued for years to come. As per the increasing demands, many countries across the globe are supporting people and businesses to switch slowly to alternative energy resources. Though Australia has withdrawn the subsidies for solar panels, let’s hope the country will slowly and steadily switch to renewables. Needless to say, the country can harness alternative energy because of the vast sunny landscapes providing opportunities to trap solar and wind energy.

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Renewable Energy: What do Australians Support?


It’s a well known fact that fossil fuels are depleting pushing the world almost to the verge of an energy crisis. But to face this threat, countries are shifting focus to alternative energy sources like thermal, solar and wind energy sources. While most of the countries are busy charting out the future plans in this regard, Australian Government seems to be lagging behind.

After scanning data pertaining to usage of solar energy in Australia for the past few years, it is quite clear that unlike the Australian Government, Australian people favor harnessing solar energy. Starting with household energy usage, Australians are installing solar water heating systems and solar panels for multiple usages.

CSIRO study


As per the study reports released recently, Australian support the solar energy systems in a big way for domestic usages. This is despite the fact that the Government has taken the subsidies off these alternative energy systems.

The support reflected through the study shows that both solar hot water heaters and photovoltaic systems are preferred by the people for energy generation and usage. For storage, they prefer systems with battery back up. Clearly, people who face the brunt of energy shortage on a daily basis seem to realize the potential in switching to solar energy systems.

The Big Question

As the Australians have shown their support for the renewables, the question is when the Australian Government is going to support solar energy promotion in the country! The Government can take Canberra and other capitals as the headquarters for harnessing solar energy on a huge level.

Advice from an Environmentalist

Prof. David Suzuki, an eminent environmentalist, had asked why not rooftops of all Australian homes are covered with solar panels. The scenario has changed recently and more and more houses own a rooftop solar energy harnessing system.

An article published in Stock Journal highlights that it wouldn’t take much time for alternative energy to replace depleting fossil fuels. Other alternative energy forms will also be used more. It has been mentioned that by 2040, fossil fuels can be phased out by renewables energy resources. These resources would include solar, thermal and wind energy forms. This was highlighted by Prof. Ken Baldwin, director of ANU’s Energy Change Institute.

The Necessary Action

The world needs to accelerate the usage of alternative energy and expand the usage to more areas requiring energy and not just limit to domestic usage. The faster this can be achieved, the better equipped will the countries be to face the inevitable energy crisis.

Due to the cost-effectiveness and reliability of renewable energy sources, many counties, including developed and developing, are drawn towards increasing the usage. Not only would this support energy requirement, but it will also indirectly support good education, more employment opportunities and better health. Remote villages and cities in developing nations can have access to all the facilities, which have been limiting the progress till now. With solar energy gaining popularity as a cheaper alternative to fossil fuels, it now requires a boost from governments and investors for more people to access and use this.

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The World Focuses on Solar Power


Due to the fear of depletion of fossil fuels in the world, nations are exploring different ways to source energy that can support them. All eyes are now on renewable energy resources, which include solar power, thermal power, wind energy and the likes. Interestingly, not just the developed or rich nations that are exploring such options, but the developing nations are also following the suit due to many reasons.

Kenya is one such country that is looking forward to energize its cities and villages through harnessing solar energy. Such an important drift was spread through the podcast by BBC through its program Costing the Earth.

It is quite obvious that the world definitely has positive views about renewables. Some of the most agreed ones are reliability, cost-effectiveness, eco-friendly, availability and the timeframe for which these will be available. The increasing usage of these energy sources gains much more importance in developing countries because they add more meanings to the lives of people there.

It is known fact that countries like Kenya use energy sources like kerosene for various purposes. As per Costing the Earth, usage of kerosene supports in environmental pollution. But without any other source of energy, people in countries like Kenya are forced to do this. Not only it is polluting, but it is expensive as well. Usage of kerosene-like energy sources cost them 15 percent of the salaries on an annual level.

The pollution from kerosene is as harmful as smocking two packets of cigarettes a day. One doesn’t need to imagine the health of such people who are subjected to kerosene smokes at households due to poverty. It is estimated that about one hundred million households in Kenya use kerosene lamps to fulfill their energy needs.

How Solar Helps the Country

The introduction of usage of solar power has been slowly and steadily growing. Though not all the households have solar energy systems, people are interested in setting up one.

Microsolar lamp

Micro solar lamps and small lights have been introduced in the country that helps them meet some of their energy needs. These lamps are cheap and do not have any harmful effects on the health of those who use them. This has helped the students in a huge way and seems to be advantageous to them because they can now study during the later part of the day!

Since most of the country does not have sufficient energy to light up their streets at night, portable lamps prove to improve safety.

Kenya has many such stories to tell the world about solar energy, its usage and the positive effects. Not only has the benefited from it, but it also sees a bright (and light) future. The introduction of solar energy systems has definitely helps the old and the young alike. Increased safety, better education, availability of more jobs and good air are some of the known advantages.

Developing countries preferring solar power:

Inspired by such great examples, more and more developing nations are setting up solar energy systems for different usages. It is also heard that these countries are much ahead in harnessing the renewable energy than rich and industrialized nations.

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Know about Solar subsidies


Neoteric research done by Melbourne University’s Energy Research Institute demonstrates that the cost of technology based on renewable energy, especially wind and solar power, will keep on falling throughout the following decade. And thus, the expense of these clean energy resources will shoot up to such an extent to keep pace with the expense of power produced by the fossil fuels before the decade’s over, and much sooner in a few areas.

Truth be told considering the solar power it is anticipated to ultimately become a less expensive energy source even without any government endowments.

Solar panel

As indicated by the chair of the Australian Photovoltaic Association Muriel Watt, the present unsubsidized expense of a solar Photovoltaic system purchased for around $1.80/watt deciphers into an expense of vitality of around 29c/kWh, the rate that numerous ménage are paying for electricity bought from the grid. She said that at $1.22/W, where costs have now tumbled to, the comparable production expense is 25c/kWh.

This implies that the government of Australia must set up long haul plans for infusing and incorporating renewable vitality sources covering commercial ventures, as specified by one of the professional.

Solar power has indicated colossal development in the course of recent years, accelerating our base load by 40% per year throughout the previous decade. This has been made especially evident while studying a technology learning curve;it is this total introduced limit that has at last prompted the business’ present achievement in the nation.

Photovoltaic system:

Solar photovoltaic technology’s prevalence grew generally due to the liberal government subsidies which yielded a popularity both in residential applications and large scale applications. Furthermore, in the last couple of years this has been combined with the decreasing costs of solar photo voltaic both in the international and local business, and the rising value of Australian money.

The proper learning through R&D will eventually provide real grid parity to the nation that doesn’t oblige propping up or counterfeit stimulants. Despite the fact that they provide a major support to solar installations all over the country, government impetuses are presently transient dashes for unheard of wealth to the business, and no more feasible.Keeping individual intrigues aside, renewable energy advances are going to play an essential part to battle environmental change at this vital time for our surroundings.

Carbon emanations:

The main part of our carbon emanations are created via carbon intensive power plants and vehicle fuel burning. We definitely acknowledge what serious consequences global warming could cause, yet acknowledging alone doesn’t tackle the issue, awareness is a step ahead however genuine solutions depend on each of us for our dedication and activities.

Looking deep into the matter, The National Energy Commission is spending a lot to save its energy future. The results for Australia are immense. Like Chile it is a nation favored with high solar radiation and, joined with its boundless areas, ought to be in the crate seat when it comes for making utility scale solar projects. With a strong government, Australia may well be the “solar dominion” as depicted by the Spanish foreign minister on his visit to this nation this year to inaugurate the Royalla solar farm. Hoping for a bright future!

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Solutions for all your Solar Problems


As the expenses of non-renewable energy sources keep on rising and the expense of renewable energy begins to reduce, numerous are looking towards solar energy systems for their houses. Solar technology has drastically enhanced as of late as much R&D work have been put into it. What this implies for the buyer is solar energy systems deliver more power, are more productive, cost less and work anywhere.

Care and consideration:

On the other hand, solar panels are sensitive frameworks that should be selected and installed with lots of consideration and care. Numerous individuals miss the mark when scrutinizing and selecting a framework that will give the best results to their home. It’s likewise simple to make a blunder while installing the system. What follows are a couple of tips and imperative components of solar power installation to remember when selecting and placing your framework that will help to guarantee that you don’t keep running into issues down the line.


Alignment – At the point when many people consider a solar cluster, they consider solar energy panels set amidst the rooftop. This is not the best thought. Installing a solar panel amidst your rooftop can imply that losing a great deal of potential vitality. The sun moves over the highest points of our houses and yards in distinctive courses relying upon our area, elevation, and so on. By observing the patterns of movement, one can discover the position and alignment that will guarantee the best measure of sun exposure.

Kind of SystemSolar panels are not one-size-fits-all. Diverse frameworks are suitable to distinctive areas, sun exposure, etc. On the off chance that one picks a framework intended for a full-sun environment, and they live in a zone that does not get a ton of strong sunlight, they framework won’t work at its most proficient level. Ensure that the framework you pick works best for your area, sunlight strength, length of time, days of sun, etc.

Grid Inclusion/Battery Storage Capacity – There will be times when more power is created than what is required and different times when there won’t be sufficient vitality for a home’s necessities. Picking top notch batteries will help to guarantee that additional power is stored for later utilization. Staying connected with the nearby grid additionally permits a home to make utilization of non-renewable energy amid those times the framework can’t sufficiently discover.

Solar panel framework:

By remembering the components portrayed over, one can help to guarantee that they pick the suitable private solar panel framework for their area and needs and install it effectively. Numerous individuals who choose solar power technologies and after that backtrack to non-renewable vitality were unsatisfied with the execution of their frameworks when the issue was really user blunder. While one can introduce their own particular solar vitality framework appropriately with exploration and planning, it is essential to consider leaving the orientation to the specialists. It is the one beyond any doubt approach to get the true serenity that the framework is running productively and won’t encounter issues. So go ahead and plan accordingly and install properly.

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Get better returns from your solar system


Consider three questions about your rooftop and get better returns from your solar system:

When you walk into your nearest mobile store to get your mobile handset repaired, imagine yourself being asked questions about your solar panel instead of about the real problem associated with your phone (Avoid your correspondent’s reference to solar power even in an example slightly off track from the solar industry)! I would classify you as a normal person if you were bewildered and thought the salesperson was insane. That clearly defines the idea that few things are extremely basic and require no cross-examination. So if and when you’re dealing with solar power, the only thing that should concern you is your roof. And there exist three questions central to your roof in the discussion of solar power which I shall now move on to..

Question 1:  What is the ideal direction?

Solar power

To many of you this question may sound trivial. But there is much to say about choosing the correct direction for your roof. (Sorry for those who cannot help it!) To all those of you who have been promised systems by installers on south-facing roofs, I suggest you research more thoroughly or reconsider the proposal. South, south-east or south-west aren’t the suited for solar power systems. If you were to choose between East and West, I suggest you chose the latter, given that maximum electricity is consumed during the later half of the day. But the most optimum direction, which you may have guessed by now, is north. It is best suited for Australia. So having assured that, you move on to the next consideration.

Question 2: Does the angle of your roof matter?

Ensure your roof isn’t flat. If it is not, read on! Panels installed on angled roofs perform certainly better than flat roofs. But variation in the angle shouldn’t bother you much. So if your roof is angled at 15 degrees compared to your friend’s 22 degree angled roof, you needn’t bother much. As long as your roof is angled as flat roofs absorb roughly 9% less energy than pitched ones. If your installer does not recommend installing angled panels on your flat roofs, I suggest you switch to the next best alternative!

Question 3: Will a shaded roof affect your solar output?

One of the major hurdles to solar power is having a shade above your roof. All clouds, directions and the pitch become trivial if there’s shade above your roof. Don’t take your correspondent for an anti-environmentalist but the trees above your roof are the biggest devil when it comes to harnessing solar power. So next time your installer fools you for “shade-tolerant panels”, do not get fooled. These are only designed to pull light in areas exposed to less sunlight. They are no alternative, whatsoever!

Shady trees:

Now for most households, there ought to be some shade in the form of trees, multi-storey buildings or poles. The first thing you do is get an authentic installer to check it up and accordingly advise you. One of the most viable alternatives in the market is the comprehensive system called SunEye.

Investment in the drains:

And yet, if you are made into believing that there exists a better alternative than the above mentioned, your million-dollar investments is just, in the most blatant words, falling into the drains!


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The most interesting developments in the field of science are always the new discoveries or inventions. The same applies to the renewable energy sector. It is a sector that is rapidly expanding, both in terms of investments as well as technology. Jobs being generated in this sector are also many. The most interesting aspect however is the technology.

About a few decades ago people would consider solar powered houses a theoretical concept. Over the last few years however, the open-mindedness and acceptance of modern science has multiplied. People have become much more sensitive to environment related issues and want to do their bit to reduce pollution. In an effort to lessen their carbon footprints, people all over the world have started making conscious efforts to switch to renewable energy.

Initially the question which haunted even the most progressive minds was that of costs. The renewable energy sources, including solar panels were undeniably expensive. An average household could not afford such energy consumption. Recent breakthroughs in technology have helped cut down costs a great deal. China gained popularity for its reasonably priced solar equipment. Other countries have followed her lead and are trying to reduce costs.

Solar panels


This bit of healthy competition that has been entered into by almost all the environment-cautious nations is beginning to yield great results. Scientists from the University of Illinois in the United States have proposed to double the efficiency of solar cells to convert almost 50% of all sunlight that falls on them!

Fifty per cent to those aware of the solar cell scenario seems almost utopian! A gold medalist innovator however claims that the cells are already motored to a 42.5% can could in the near future achieve the golden number of 50. This seems like a major breakthrough in the field of solar cells. The current average rate for those clueless about the conversions is a mere 15 per cent.

Considering that this rate is good enough to power is fully functional home, it is worth imagining what a 50% conversion rate would do. The cells work in a stacked up structure. Currently the science masterminds are experimenting with four cells piled up on top of each other. The photovoltaic efficiency rate world record was announced at a whopping thirty-five per cent.


Yeah I know that doesn’t sound much after the figure of 50 that I just recently excited you about. It is however a major step and a record that is set to be hopefully broken! If the plan for this model of conversion at almost double rate works, the exhaustible sources like fossil fuels can very well bid goodbye to their current consumers.

Yes I am aware that fossil fuels are not going to be entirely eliminated from the system, but will all the forward thinking and urge to adopt modernization globally, fossil fuels sure seem like an ancient idea. Once these marvellous technologies are efficient enough to work on large scale projects, they are bound to become more pocket-friendly than their non-renewable counterparts.

With private investors and government sponsored agencies queuing up to be the next ambassadors of renewable energy, the upcoming technologies are bound to go a long way.

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The sector of renewable energy has been getting bigger. Large scale projects have been launched at numerous places. India has announced a mega solar power project to be set up in the state of Rajasthan and spread across almost 77 sq.km of land! Other countries too are getting pretty serious about the idea of large scale utility projects.

In countries like the United States, big budgets have been sanctioned for plans to move in full swing. European countries too have combined forces to beat oriental players like China and provide cost-effective solar energy harnessing equipment. Turning to a different hemisphere, Australia too has demonstrated its keen interest in utilising solar power to the fullest.


Australia's sunlight

Australia’s largest utility scale solar project has been set up at Nyngan in country New South Wales. This has been done with the help of a United States firm called First Solar. The pilot project is a giant breakthrough for the entire country and especially for the locality, sending out a strong message of support for renewable power.

On an average this plant would be able to power up to Thirty-three thousand homes in New South Wales, given its gigantic size of 102 megawatts. Pro-renewable energy activists in Australia are rejoicing in this development and many experts are of the opinion that this project is a landmark in future of solar power in the nation.

In the last decade, the number of solar-powered homes in Australia has increased quite considerably and myths regarding maintenance costs have been put to rest. People in the country in general, as well as politicians (at least the progressive ones) are now open to experimenting renewable energy considering all its benefits. Though the energy sources throughout the country are mixed, with the state sponsoring such large-scale initiatives, solar power is bound to be better accepted.

The reason behind the government sponsoring this project is the well-known Australian Renewable Energy Agency (commonly called ARENA). This agency has played a rather significant role. They made the decision to invest in solar power with the surety that it will yield better interests than it would by investing in government bonds. This step has also helped assure the other private investors and give them a sense of security.


The renewable energy sector is now rightly being called the clean energy sector. This sector as I mentioned earlier is seeing brilliant developments. I speak not only of all the genius technology being created, but also the reform in the finances. A lot more private investors have become open to putting their dollars into the cause of renewable energy.

This has been made possible by sensible government policies and methods like those adopted by ARENA to attract more private placement. Though some of the leaders higher up the food chain may sneer at the idea of investing tax-payers money into so-called “experiments”, agencies like the one from Australia are responsible for ensuring progress as is fit for the modern 21st century.

Since this aspect of energy is gaining so much importance all over the globe, it is only through the medium of government sponsoring that the flow of money for the cause clean energy can continue. Hopefully the powerhouses all over the world will understand how essential this step is.

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Tony Abbott’s fabrication on renewable energy adjacent to Australia’s future


Tony Abbott’s fabrication on renewable energy adjacent to Australia’s future

Tony Abbott’s government has battered up a controversy on renewable energy sources by taking up an antagonistic standpoint to it. Abbot has fumbled on the little plausibility that remained of the Coalition by repudiating everything that the government had promised anteceding the election.

The Prime Minister was allegedly reported to have said that the Renewable Energy Target (RET) is making the country an upscale energy capital and is constituting in driving up the electricity prices. However, evidence argue adversely to this statement.

Paraphernalia of Abbot’s combat on renewable energy:

 The Abbott government intends to terminate the Renewable Energy Target (RET). He seems mesmerized by the fossil fuel generators. The coalition government robustly impede that the burning of the fossil fuels is reason for the Global Warming. The renewable energy resources is being mutilated by the uncertainty surrounding its destiny. Abbott’s hostility is a primary reason behind the cessation of the clean energy industry.

Global warming

The Coalition government have also concocted stories against the renewable energy. Abbott argued that the hike in electricity price is by the virtue of these renewables. But, on the contrary the upswing in the prices was simply due to the expanding infrastructure that includes the formation of the poles and wires. Attestation clearly showed that with these there would be plunge in the electricity prices in the long run.

Fossil fuel plants:

The amplified cost of electricity will amount to the heightened profit from this fossil fuel plants. Study shows that this profit is supposed to rise to an amount of $10 billion in the next 15-20 years to follow.

The scrapping of the clean energy source would also mean a constraint livelihood for the common masses. The sustainable energy source is most likely to create job opportunities for the people. If the government adjudicates curbing of this renewables then the job prospect is also likely to succumb.

Abbott’s view is in altercation with the general population. Contemporary polls showboat that general public are in favor of the renewable energy sources. It is also being acknowledged by the majority.

The big associates of the fossil fuel company has been the co-conspirators in Abbott’s campaign against the renewable energy. It has gripped the public diligence just prior to the election.

These policies show that Abbott lacks far-sightedness. By the validation of energy sources like coal and gas, the government is streaming towards a political suicide. Instead of augmenting the falsities about the clean energy sources, the Abbott government should be honest about the implications of dealing with the climatic modification. Tony Abbott is amplifying his incursion of renewable energy technologies by putting multitude of jobs and billions of dollar in financing at even greater stake.

The Australian government has bifurcated into two faction on this issue. The government conjointly with the fossil fuel energy sector on hand and the renewable energy sources and its supporters on the other.

The common mass has to see beyond the lies of the government and rightfully contemplate the tightness of the situation. The consonance of the new senate depends upon the take of the public on the issue. Hence the government needs to be more frugal than ever, for it is the general public’s future in question.


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Low-cost solar panels most likely to be grey imports


Parallel imports, often referred to as the grey market goods, is a product imported from another country without the consent of the proprietor of the trademark. As in this case, the solar panels being imported into Australia are genuine, but they have been formulated for a definite jurisdiction but then is being imported into an equivalent jurisdiction.

More often than not the product is supplied by such manufacturers, who have cultivated an official alliance with Australian companies and they in turn distribute these panels to the customers. They also render the customers with warranty and specialized guidance for technical issues.

Reasons showing parallel imports might pose a problem

Some recent cases in Australia manifests that customers should abstain from the so called economical and low-priced solar panels. Few inferences below exhibit the contingency of such purchases.

  • There is diversity in the identical models of solar panels for discrepant countries. A product which is doubtlessly ductile in one country may not be ductile in a distinctive country.

A country like Australia, having high ultra-violet radiation depend upon premium material. The people of Australia are also known to have tenacious tolerance level. They do not condone products that does not confirm the power affirmed on the label. Not to mention, they also despise commodities that are bruised and would make their roof-top look shabby, albeit such commodities might be widely acclaimed in other markets.

  • The solar panels being a part of the grey market item, the warranty might be nullified by the manufacturer. Many manufacturer go to the extent of mentioning on the warranty voucher that the product has to be officially imported into the country to be viable for the warranty. The customers who are fully liable to the manufacturers for the rehabilitation of their product may be left with damaged goods if the importers go out of business.

The atrocious facts of grey imports

Low cost solar panels

The companies that import solar panels are on a look out for selling their product by hook or by crook. As a deduction they sell out products in volume and at depreciated price to clear out stocks and make fast money. There have been cases where the buyer is apprehensive of the nitty-gritties, but excerpts to do it at any cost. These companies certainly do not wish to be a palatable supplier. But there has also certain buyers who are incognizant of the risk of importing this panel for they are benighted in the field of solar technology.

The denouement of grey imports:

The fairly reasonable pricing of some products look too good to be genuine and that should be a reason of awareness of the product incurring the parallel import issue. The customers might be paying as much as or at times less than the actual price of the genuine panels but are inclined to end up with no warranty of replacement or repair in Australia. In such circumstances there are no other alternatives but to ravage the product.

Therefore, while procuring a product one should make sure if the supplier is a genuine one. Further the inception of the product should also be questioned. The customers should also investigate into the warranty authorization. It is rather injudicious to purchase outside official suppliers.



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Can a ‘simply-structured’ Mandarin 2 light up your lives?


Can a ‘simply-structured’ Mandarin 2 light up your lives?

When your correspondent speaks of Mandarin what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Chances are that it is the Imperial Chinese bureaucrat or the language which is a branch of Chinese. For a handful of you Mandarin may correspond to the superhuman martial artist from the Marvel Comics comic series. This week the word acquired a meaning of greater importance to young minds here at SQHQ. With the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards being judged in full swing, one design called Mandarin 2 solar light under the “product design” category has intrigued your correspondent and his fellows. And why not? It is the sole representative of the solar industry in a contest as big as that of Victorian Premier.

And what is this Mandarin 2?

Mandarin 2

Pocket sized and efficient, with the promise of high performance, Mandarin 2 is a multi-functional light solving a series of purposes, designed for Illumination Australia by Toolbox. So you may use it as a lantern, a lamp or an ambient light. And the three intensity levels allow it to be used for basic lighting purposes to performing intricate tasks. It usually has a high class inbuilt solar panel and can be used almost anywhere in the world. So for all those of our friends living in remote parts of the country, Mandarin 2 comes across as a sigh of relief!

So why use the traditional (and old-fashioned) battery torch anymore? While solving this purpose, Mandarin can be hung as a room light, can serve the purpose of a lamp as well. And the best thing? It will not run out of batteries during times of crisis. And the three different intensities of lighting allow you to work and use it as per your requirements!

A viable alternative?

The Victorian Premier website describes the design as “simple” but that which works effectively under tough conditions, making it sound like a cleaner alternative to your polluting resources such as kerosene. If you were to ignore our special fancy for its simple yet unique structure, there is something more to Mandarin that appealed to us. The outreach of the design is large. It cannot only be used in different places across Australia but also in remote regions across the globe. As highlighted in one of our previous articles, solar lighting is a major alternative in places where other sources of energy are inaccessible or unreliable.

Many rural and underdeveloped regions of the world use kerosene instead. Therefore, we need alternatives like Mandarin to offer something cheaper and greener to the rural people. Across countries in Africa and Asia, something like Mandarin can do wonders in ensuring longer hours of study for children, reducing the possibility of health problems emanating from inhaling kerosene fumes. Hence, you may also see it (as we do) as a modest entrant into the market of not only the advanced and developed but developing economies as well. It is tough and resistant to all wear and tear and its price makes it relive the hopes of many friends living in remote areas of the world to illuminate their homes again! Do you think Mandarin will make revolution? Comment here or write at our Facebook page.

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Renewable power has regained impetus in the global community in the recent years. Not being a mere theoretical subject anymore, it has in fact become a major development sector for both developed as well as developing countries. Huge projects have been launched in the United States, European nations like Germany, France, Switzerland, as well as top oil exporters such as the middle-eastern land of Saudi Arabia.

These projects have been initiated with the dual aim of making profits as well as reducing pollution. Greenhouse gas emission will go down considerably with this fundamental switch in source of energy. While there are strong influences advocating fossil fuel consumption, most of the smart and progressive minds have been staunchly supporting the renewable energy sector.

History has shown us that the best of ideas emerge from radically different thinking and are at first not approved of. A huge chunk of population that does not support renewable energy is demotivated by the costs. The pricing however shouldn’t be considered an expense but rather an investment in a modern future. Some of the brainiest minds on the planet support renewable energy. An amazing example of this is the Google solar power investment.


Google farms

Google has acquired solar farms in partnership with an investment firm. According to high ranking personnel in the Google pyramid, the company believes that investing in renewable power is good for business as well as the environment. The collaboration aims at ushering in a new era of clean energy which is also affordable. The current project proposes to generate 106 megawatts which could easily power seventeen thousand households.

Google has been known for its modern approaches to almost all socio-economic aspects. Since the people working in the company are known to be the some of the smartest minds in the world, it is no shocker that they are more than willing to become a part of this new energy sector.


Some people are concerned that this may not be the wisest decision, and that solar power still has a long way to go before it firmly takes roots. Advocates of traditional methods of harnessing energy would still recommend coal and oil as effective sources. The facts however remain that even the most rigid thinkers have comprehended the necessity for using sources that are inexhaustible as chief mediums of energy.

The cost of harnessing renewable power as compared to fossil fuels too, is going to be less in a not so distant future. As the reserves of oil, etc. get scantier, the cost for digging them out of unexplored areas is going to be more than if we choose to utilize the option that is more easily available to us. The environmental hazards created by the heavy drilling will also be spared. Climate change will be globally impacted. The benefits of making the big switch are innumerable.

Many concepts tend to gain popularity when big names are attached to them. With Google stepping into this arena, one can only hope that the cause of renewable energy will gain momentum and progressive thinking will increase all throughout the international community.

This new project seems like a profitable venture that will save the environment as well as create jobs.


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Solar energy has become the talk of town (at least in towns that are enthusiastic about renewable energy). A lot of countries have been in the news for their modern approaches to solar energy and attempts at reducing of fossil fuel consumption. Large scale projects are being set up all over the world including countries like Saudi Arabia which are popular for their plentiful oil reserves.

Technology wise, countries like China and Germany have been in the lead. China has been producing cost-effective solar panels, giving the competitors a hard time. Alliances are being formed between top European nations such as Switzerland and France to collectively produce better results in the field of solar power harnessing technology. If you were questioned as to where in the world do you think the largest solar utility project, what would your answer be?

Rajasthan's power plant

My first guesses would’ve included China, Germany, United States or even Australia. Much to my surprise, the right answer is, India! With all the progressive thinking in the rich and developed nations, the upcoming powers have been discounted. In the desert state of Rajasthan, India is planning a mega solar project. This isn’t a typical symbolic project to merely satisfy the renewable energy activists of the country. It is in fact a large scale investment in the sector of solar power.


The plan is proposed to be spread across 77 sq.km of land (larger than the whole of Manhattan if you wish to compare). Costs will be high, at least the initial investment of USD 4.4 Million. This will be a one of its kind project since it will be a minimum of ten times larger than any similar utility project. Till date India has never been seen as a top consumer or generator of solar power, but with this project in place it is soon set to be the ultimate solar power champion.

India’s carbon footprint will also be erased a little, since if this project goes as expected, it will reduce carbon emissions of the country quite considerably (4 million tons per year to be precise). This will create a positive impact on climate change globally. Power generation from this plant will be approximately 6.4 Billion Kilowatt hours per year. This will be the hugest utility plant in the field of solar energy globally.

Though currently India produces a meager 2208 Megawatts of solar power, it is taking a huge leap forward with this initiative. The country that boasts of being the world’s largest democracy will soon also be able to boast of harnessing maximum solar energy in the world. India is usually pitted against her neighbor China in matters of development, and this is probably her chance to take the lead in an upcoming sector of non-exhaustible power.

Power project in India:

The country director for India in the World Bank said in 2014 that considering India’s advancement under the UPA Government, It deserved to be considered among the world leaders in solar power. That may be a title that India could achieve, if this particular project is executed well.

Will India stick to its plan of becoming the megastar of the renewable energy industry? This is a question only time (and the new NDA Government) can answer.

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The feud over renewable energy is inciting a furor in Australia


The agitation and dispute surrounding the renewable energy is grabbing awareness. This debate is taking attention away from the vital area of climatic concern and is taking up a more political facet. The government has consistently misled the people about the renewable energy. It has retained its anti-renewable disposition by operating the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to curb funding the meager solar projects. However, this is making the government come across as nothing but inimical towards renewables.

Fossil fuel:

Warburton, who was exclusively pegged by Abbott to head the Renewable Energy Target (RET), thwarts the testimony that shows that Global Warming is being caused by the burning of the fossil fuels. The government of Abbott appears to be hypnotized by the fossil fuel industry.

Fossil fuels

There has been an increase in the energy bills owing to the exceeding investments on poles and wires. Nevertheless, the government has repeatedly put the blame on the clean energy resources. They have deluded the people saying that the renewable energy is the impetus for the hike in the electricity price.

Non-renewable energy:

Australian Conservation Foundation along with WWF exhibited that overthrowing the renewable energy target would engender a profit of $10 billion over a time of 15-20 years for the owners of the non-renewable energy plants. Such an aggrandized amount would come from the escalated cost of electricity for the people.

The deterrence of clean energy will also cost the common people of their job. With the advent of the renewable energy there will be an augment in the field of jobs. If the government forges ahead with its belief in the fossil fuels, the sustenance of the masses will come under jeopardy. Furthermore, such a judgment is also likely to effect the economy as a whole.

These falsities about the renewable energy has been spurred by the substantial fossil fuel companies. Their objective being prejudicing the Renewable Energy Target (RET) and casting them off. These weighty entities seem to be under threat from the low cost renewables.

Bill Shorten, the leader of the Labor Party, in opposition to the coalition said that the party targets on establishing more solar panels on roof-tops on homes and small businesses. He also confirmed that they are functioning to evolve the battery technology to such an extent that electricity from these solar panels can be conserved in homes and paltry businesses. Thus, it would be a political self-slaughter if the government annihilates the renewable energy policy. To bring about a climatic transition reverting these attempts is highly significant.

To cater to these adversities, the media, which should be deliberating on the issue of emission reduction, are focusing on the friendly and adverse effect of renewable energy. The existing government emission reduction policy levy a cost on the society.

This improbable issue of renewable energy has grievously arisen preceding the election and the government policies are more confusing than ever. The government is duty-bound to be upfront about the nuances of dealing with the climatic changes. Australia is in need of a far-sighted, prudent and bipartisan emission reduction program, otherwise it is arduous to mark an effective climatic policy from this chaotic angle.




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Japan’s Luna Ring concept


The world has always been in need for an alternative source of energy. The conventional sources of energy are fast depleting and they cause pollution on the downside. The non-conventional energy is gaining attention around the world but they are expensive! Today we’ll talk about a project to solve the world’s energy problems. The idea has arisen in Japan which has proposed to put solar power plant on the moon.

Support for an alternative energy sources has been rapidly growing since 2011 when the tsunami caused mayhem with the Fukushima power plant. The members of Shimizu Corp have planned to put a 400KM wide solar panel belt on the moon to power the earth’s energy requirements. Initially the project would have a width of few kilometres but it could be extended up to 400KM. If everything works according to plan, the panel will generate an impressive 13,000 terawatts of energy per year. This will be transferred to the earth’s receiving stations via laser transmissions or microwaves.

Luna RIng

“The change from economical use of efficient resources to limitless use of clean energy is the eventual dream of mankind” said Shimizu while disclosing this plan. “The Luna Ring… transforms this dream into reality through creative ideas united with modern space technologies” he added. Here the ‘modern technology’ refers to robots.  Shimizu plans to employ a small ground force of robots to rework the surface of the moon in installing the panels across the 11,000 km of lunar equator.

Lunar resources:

Because of the large quantity of solar panels and other raw materials required for the project, the lunar resources would be used to their maximum level. It is proposed that water could be produced close to the equator by treating lunar soil with hydrogen content bought from Earth. Also it has been proposed by the Shimizu Corp that lunar resources could also be used to make concrete and cement stuff. Solar heat treatments could help in glass fibres, bricks and other structural material needed for the development.

Since the moon doesn’t possess any atmosphere and this would mean there’s no bad weather or clouds to interfere with the efficiency of the panel. The Luna ring would savour a non-stop outpouring of solar radiation which it would ingest, convert to current and send the energy to receiving stations located on our planet Earth. This is really an ingenious idea! The proposal declared that the building on the project could begin in 2035.A solar power plant on the moon is similar to crowning solar energy as the world most efficient form of energy and also eliminating the fossil fuel investments.

Shimizu’s mission:

My speculation is will it work? Indeed moon is the best place to generate an alternative energy source for nurturing the Earth.  But this is all still in the conceptual phase and will need a lot of effort and research to put this in reality. And the challenges will be enormous according to some articles. Although, if the mission is accomplished, Shimizu Corp would have solved the earth’s energy as well as climatic crisis.

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Whenever we think of a middle-eastern country, especially Saudi Arabia, what strikes us first is the large expanse of desert with a bright sun beaming over the oil producing land. Being one of the largest exporters of oil and the holder of almost one-fifth of the world’s oil reserves, we wouldn’t usually link the Arab land to be a player in the field of renewable energy. That said, the world is always full of surprises!


The rich and prosperous desert kingdom though currently doing quite well with its oil resources, has decided to divulge into a new venture that includes solar power. Saudi has announced a grand solar power project that would be an investment of nearly – hold your breath – $(US) 100 Billion.

Solar field in Saudi Arabia

There will be plants built both in the desert as well as gulf regions. The estimate cost of the plants being nearly $130 million each. It is a three year long plan in partnership with a Spanish solar power company. The aim of this investment is to generate approximately 40 GW of solar energy by the year 2032. While this sounds like a great idea at the outset, people are concerned as to hidden motives attached to this project.

Different studies have shown that we have reached a “peak oil” period and that hereon the supply of oil will only reduce. Of course there are inconsistent results as to when we will cease to have oil as a source of fuel. The question that has arisen however with this new development in Saudi is, whether the oil reserves are drying up faster than anyone estimated.


Maybe we are reading too much into this whole project. It is possible that the al-Saud royals have realized the need to prepare for an eco-friendlier future. The cost of digging out oil is inevitably going to skyrocket sometime (maybe not for decades) in the future. The resource that is a major source of revenue for the Arabs is after all exhaustible.

Maybe the scheme is just a safety-net or maybe an attempt to keep up with the modern world. Progressive nations have started frowning upon the environmental damage that the oil tankers cause. The global impact of the pollution created by mining activities cannot be ignored. It is a possibility that the thought of saving the world from the harmful effects of climate change has suddenly entered the minds of those who initiated this project.

A more pragmatic possibility would be that the Arab big guns realised that with the unchangeable dip in oil resources, it may be time to step into the sector of renewable power. It is only natural that the business minds of the Sheikhs would see that harnessing solar energy as compared to the traditional fossil fuels would be the more cost-effective choice.


Though there may be ulterior motives behind this new plan, and though things weren’t as utopian as an idealist would’ve wanted them to be, all in all the idea of switching to solar energy using non-polluting technology sounds brilliant. With the future change in oil prices, this solar energy project will prove useful and profitable not only to Saudi Arabia but the global community at large.

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Silver in Solar Cells – important or a stand-in?


The article gives cue about accelerating cost of silver and its impact on solar world. One ought to know essential things before deciding to plunge into the complicated and dense world of solar cells.

Accelerating cost of silver is a dilemma for solar industry. As per the studies, it has been pronounced that its manufacturers use around 11% of the world’s silver supply. One reason is that it is a noteworthy component that serves to conduct electric current in solar cells. Researches done by experts reveal that silver prices are taking off at fast.

Increase in silver rates:


Market situation portrays that hiked cost of silver has greatly inveigled solar based market where costs of solar cells have dropped up to 27%. The costs will get to be lesser if each solar panel won’t contain around 20gms of silver. Such things have totally influenced solar cells and solar panel manufacturing in companies. Increased silver costs have posed a challenge to facilitate solar cells at financially savvy cost.

As a consequence of increasing silver prizes, numerous organizations have decided to reduce silver consumption. Increasing costs of silver have added addition from 25% to 4% in the expense of solar cells. Due to hike in prices, the Company’s profits are getting influenced to 17% or more when compared with its expense of creation.

As of late, the solar organizations are trying to curtail its silver utilization. Some of the organizations are trying to utilize more slender wiring in solar cells. These thin film solar panels will pose a serious threat to those organizations that produce high-film solar panels.

Solar cells:

Today solar cells oblige a semiconductor that can draw in sun based light and afterward transform it into power with a specific end goal to produce a direct current. The reason that solar energy just makes up around one percent of the majority of the power utilized as a part of the world is on account of it has some major snags contending with the expense and proficiency of natural gas and fossil fuel. Notwithstanding, that may soon change in light of the fact that there is a race in numerous worldwide institutions to discover less expensive and more effective sun solar cells. An expected 30 percent of the expense of solar cells originating from the cost of silver, as per a Natcore Technology press release prior this month.

Yet it’s unmistakable the new innovation, which is based on advancement in the Silicon Hetero Junction (SHJ) cell structure, is a noteworthy achievement which will lead to significant price cuts. Replacing silver in solar cells will go far to dividing their expense, one of the expressed key objectives of Natcore Technology.

So how much less will solar panels cost without silver? Finn Peacock, author of SolarQuotes states that the entire solar cell expense may fall by as much as 10 percent (taking into account a silver use of 2.8 million ounces for every Gigawatt of sunlight based limit). Do you concur with this estimation? Too high or too low? Whichever way the fate of silver in sun based cells looks constrained.

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Incredible improvements in Solar Panels


What vision rings a bell when you consider solar panels? On the off chance that you’re like other consumers, the image that first comes into your mind is the huge roof style contraptions that commonly extend over the entire roof. Though these sorts of gadgets are still used today, albeit enhanced significantly, numerous solar panels have been extraordinarily scaled back. Thus, today you can without much of a stretch find solar panels in the items that numerous organizations are bringing into the commercial world.

Earlier, solar gadgets of this category were available in limited sizes. Today, be that as it may, they are lot more adaptable. They are available in different designs and sizes.

Creation of a solar panel:

The idea of a solar panel is not so much that troublesome on the off chance that you break it to its nuts and bolts. Basically, it is manufactured to do just two things. Get the vitality from the sun and change it into some type of usable vitality – usually electricity. Albeit, there are different methods for doing this, most of the gadgets being made today follow a moderately standard philosophy. Furthermore, this philosophy is to take solar cells, which are the important aspects of solar panels, and arrange them into different angels to create a solar panel.

Solar creation

The cells in a panel can be arranged in various diverse ways. The design figures out what kind of yield – (i.e., 12 volt, 17 volt, 24 volt) – the panel will deliver. This adaptability permits batteries or solar panels to be created in all sizes. These can be incorporated into a small calculator, in a car or in a huge mechanical tool.

Truth be told, the numerous achievements in solar power plans and engineering in last decade have represented the ability of producers to place them into a much more extensive variety of shapes and materials than ever before. Majority of the current employments of solar cells include arranging them on meager film solar panels. The film permits the panels to be turned and twisted, without tampering the solar panels. With adaptable and flexible solar panels like these, you can now discover solar panels being utilized as a part of garments, knapsacks, blankets and numerous different items that would have been inconceivable even a decade ago.

Collaboration of solar panel:

With their ability to convert power from the sun into usable vitality, solar panels have a practically unbounded number of employments. By simply collaborating solar panels, you can make solar arrays that are sufficiently enormous to give enough power to control a whole home.

In any case, despite the fact that with rapid advancements in solar engineering over a decade or somewhere in the vicinity, it is still not yet grew enough to give the measure of vitality expected to run a typical house in areas of the country that have constrained daylight.

Then again, when you take a gander at different zones of the nation, the innovation has propelled so far that running a home, year round, on sun oriented vitality alone, is totally possible. Guess it’s time to take the baton and run for gold!


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The fate of Solar Power


The eventual fate of Solar Power– Solar Power is foreseen to supply 25% of the world’s power demand by 2050, as indicated by International Energy Agency (IEA).

11% is to be provided by solar cells on workplaces and houses, the other 14% to be delivered by Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) alternatively called as Solar Power Stations. The way things are currently, just 0.5% of the world’s vitality is created by Solar Power. This number will need to rise significantly on the off chance that we are to meet the carbon emission reduction aims.

Carbon emission:

The carbon emission reduction objective is to cut 6 billion tons every year by 2050. Clearly there will be enormous framework set up expenses for CSP, however the IEA predicts that Solar ought to wind up monetarily competitive with nuclear power plants and coal by 2030. North America will be the biggest supplier of Solar Energy. India and North Africa will be the second in line, bolstering a large portion of it’s creation to Europe.

All nations around the globe are taking advantage of this renewable and clean vitality source. As the demand and supply chain accelerate, the expenses of Solar Panels reduces too. In this way the improvement of CSP will hike exponentially.

Under-developed countries that currently don’t have electrical infrastructure are by-passing nuclear and coal energy. They are dynamically introducing Solar Panels as a principle factor of Energy. An unbelievable illustration of this was experienced from the lamentable earth quake in Haiti. Street lights, controlled by Solar Panels produce light and enlighten the dark streets of Haiti.

Cost of solar panel:

Evolution in Solar Technology has likewise reduced Solar Cell costs. A Solar cell manufacturing enterprise has thought of another innovation that traps 90% of the power with 50 % of the Silicon, significantly lessening Solar Panel costs.

Solar panel creation

The Nano solar Corporation has another notable development. They have utilized Nano innovation empowering them to print a unimaginably thin sun powered film onto a polymer material. This new innovation will have the ability to create the same square area at 1/5 to 1/10 of the expenses as traditional PV Solar Panels. Beside the standard visible light, new innovation advances are utilizing the infrared range of light by consolidating semi-conductors with titanium and vanadium. The innovation has a hypothetical retention point of confinement of 63%, which contrasts with around 40% for standard solar panels.

As mind blowing as these new advancement may appear I think, we are simply beginning to expose what’s underneath of the Fate of Solar Power. The Fate of Solar Power is presently looking beyond earth surface. We all realize that Solar Cells have been driving satellites and space stations for a considerable length of time. However vast majority of us don’t have the clear idea about that the US and Japan are discovering technology to utilize orbiting CSP to supply vitality back to the earth. The Fate of Solar Power is extending to the Solar system.

Realizing this fact, Australia is also making some progress in this field. Australians are employing solar panels at their house and experiencing marvelous after-effects. So hurry up and make your move.

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Efficient Solar Cell is the need of the hour!


Staying sound is vital for us, and, similarly, the nature also needs protection with a specific end goal to prosper and regenerate. We ought to attempt and conserve our resources and nature for when they are required the most furthermore try to maneuver our natural resources deliberately. Grasping the fact that the sun can facilitate us with the energy we need is important for our development.

Thankfully we have the ability and methods to change our propensities and supplant our utilization of fuels, for example, coal and petrol. You can begin changing your lifestyle easily by replacing one machine: your water heater. Being an apparatus that gobbles up lots of fuel it ought to be supplanted instantly.

Solar water heaters:

A pleasant, hot, long shower is one of the amazing parts of any morning, especially in Australia and it makes perfect sense to search for the best option. In case you’re planning to choose the right kind of water heater for your home to get awesome showers every morning, there is a variety of choices available. From solar water heater to traditional one, there are numerous factors to think seriously about when making your buy.

Solar water heaters typically cost more than conventional systems, yet they can by and large save you a lot of cash on the off chance that you are willing to buy them for a long period of time. Measures that influence the amount of cash you will spare incorporate the amount of water you utilize, your locality and exposure to the sun and your framework’s efficiency.

Drip in the bills:

Power bil

Overall, majority of the people experience their bills drop somewhere between 50 to 80%. Additionally, on the grounds that the sun doesn’t charge you you’re never subject to price hikes and fuel shortages.

On the off chance that you need to get the most value for your money, you have to do a little math. Basically, sun is not only the source used by these solar heaters, they do need some back up energy as well. To calculate the amount of back up energy and do this math, you’ve to utilize the solar fraction (SF) and solar energy factor (SEF) to calculate your heater’s efficiency.

The SEF is calculated by the energy conveyed by your solar water heater divided by the gas or electrical energy put in. The higher the number, the more energy efficient your framework is. SEFs lie in the range of 1.0 to 11 and usually have a value of 2 or 3.

The SF is the part of the total conventional water heating load. The higher the SF, the more the sun is contributing in warming your water, which lessens the measure of backup energy being utilized. Usually this lies between 0.5 to 0.75.

A solar water heater professional will be able to help you settle on shrewd choices about whether or not your home gets enough solar energy to bolster a solar water heater and which kind of heater will work best for you and your family. So now decision is yours! Do you want to save lots of cash or keep paying huge electricity bills?



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The Sun has become one of the most trending sources of renewable energy and there are efforts being taken globally to ensure that this powerful resource is used to the fullest. A lot of progressive thinking countries have started adopting solar energy and technology has made it possible to harness this to power houses, industries, offices, schools and even so much as cars!

The world is taking a leap forward when it comes to getting rid of fossil-fuel and using non exhaustive resources. The problem however, as pointed out by advocates of fossil fuels, is the cost of this modern technology. To beat this and become unique in the renewable energy market, China has developed cheap and cost-effective solar panels that have got it leading way ahead of other countries.


The closest chance that westerners have to getting at power with China is the solar policy initiatives and expertise of Germany. In pursuit of coming shoulder to shoulder with the Chinese panels a super alliance has been formed three major powers of Europe and these are France, Switzerland and Germany.

This partnership is an endeavour to merge the knowledge of reputed institutes of all three nations and collectively achieve the common goal. The idea it seems was first brought forth by French President Mr Francois Hollande. This idea is going to be facilitated by a German energy research centre named Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. This manufacturing giant will be responsible for using the combined power of the three states.

Though mainstream media has side-lined the contribution of the president of France and engulfed him in other personal scandals, he did have a major role to play in this merger considering that the idea originated in his office. The main idea behind this proposal was to counter the oriental influence on the current solar panel market.


Recognized institutes from France and Switzerland will also be incorporated in the project. Cooperation is being seeked from French National Solar Energy Institute and Swiss big gun CSEM. If the plan works as expected it will be able to achieve lower prices by attaining economies of scale. Though the initial production will be incomparable to China with only 1 to 1.5 GW, expectations are that it’ll increase considerable by the year 2020.

Solar panels

It may be very premature to discuss equality and comparable prices but with an optimistic approach the pilot project is set to be named as X-GW. The aim may be business rivalry and personal interests but the result of this initiative might ensure affordable solar panels globally.

The trinity is in talks of dealing with all aspects such as manufacturing, sales, etc. jointly which will give them a strong advantage in competing with their Chinese counterparts. Once the production reaches a comfortable stage and is able to manage demands, personnel connected to the project are sure that the deal will be profitable to the three countries as well as consumers all over the globe.

The venture at this point seems like an advantageous one. But whether it will reach its ultimate goal of achieving price equilibrium (and snatching away China’s leverage) or not is something only time will tell.

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“Made in China” has become the most trending label in all sorts of utility items. Clothes, crockery, electronics, you name it and this oriental power has a tag on its manufacturing. The quality of a lot of these products however, is quite questionable. Don’t get me wrong I am not trying to generalize all production of the People’s Republic as substandard. China makes some fabulous world class products but some are quite to the contrary.

While this Asian power has acquired a huge repute for itself in the renewable energy sector with its cost-effective technology, some of the solar panels coming out of this country are sheer junk. Solar panels have been China’s strong suit in this sector with prices lower than all its competitors. To maintain this standard must be a task especially since western powers have been forming alliances to reach comparable prices.

Solar panels of China


There are some recognized and well-known brands of solar panel manufacturers from China, but a lot of back-channelling of these goods has been going on in the business. Certain factories which have emerged from dump yards are using rejected panels of the Tier 1 manufacturers. They use low quality discarded material and make B and C grade solar panels from them and more often than not, they get away with it.

Many of the consumers have become rather tired of trying to identify the quality of these panels and prefer an easier way out. The solution being, use of solar panels that are not produced in China but in other places like Malaysia or Germany. Though this sounds like the best option, there is a disadvantage to it. Chinese panels, even the best quality ones as mentioned earlier are much cheaper than its other counterparts.

Most households and industries wouldn’t prefer to spend more of their hard earned money than required just to reduce fossil fuel consumption. There is another solution to the problem of identification of panels. In order to know which ones will last and which are the non-durable ones, all one has to do is ensure that it fits into a list of recognized Tier One brands which have received great reviews.


The Chinese Government has come out with a list of Approved solar panel manufacturers that in their opinion have been assessed well and comply with all the norms of their land regarding the subject. These assessments included checking environment conditions at the factories, quantity of cells converted, minimum capacities, etc.

After thorough evaluation, the government released a list of a hundred and nine battery, silicon and panel producers. Though a few people would challenge names on the long list provided by the Chinese government and experts may be sceptical of Chinese standards in the matter, most of these brands are globally accepted as Tier One.

Identification I agree is not as simple as it sounds, especially due to similar sounding names and attempts at copying major brand trademarks, but a little more vigilance could help save you some additional dollars.


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We’ve seen some marvellous advancement in the field of renewable energy, especially solar power. New discoveries in the photovoltaics have made solar energy available to buildings throw innovative window panels. The concept of mini panels has gained momentum and become the latest trend in the field. The use of this new technology is not restrictive to brick and mortar structures but has also entered the world of automobiles.


Yes that’s right! You might in the near future be able to drive around in your sedan powered by the sun itself. In a brave new step to go green, the company has come up with the new C-MAX Solar Energi; a sci-tech version of its original everyday sedan which boasts of a roof that can allow solar energy to power up to seventy-five  per cent of an average car-user’s trips!

The photovoltaic cells as mentioned, for those unfamiliar with the solar energy working, are used to convert the solar energy into electricity. The conversion is direct and quite fast.

The panels on the roof are conjoined to a concentrated Fresnel lens and this system will replace your original car roof. An amazing Hollywood feature of this car is that it will automatically move slightly forward or backwards when parked, to adjust the focus of the lens and enable efficiency.


Ford is pretty excited about its new release and is optimistic that it will be able to use the technology on all its current models. If this does in fact work out, there’d be tough competition for the company’s rivals not only in the American but also in the Australian markets. The Aussies have always had a hard time choosing between Holden and Ford and there’s an ancient rivalry that exists between these two brands.

Recently the situation for Holden has been deteriorating in the Oz land anyway since it decided to stop manufacturing in the country and left many native works stranded. Though there has been heavy advertising to maintain its repute, with the new technology kicking in from Ford, it is really a matter of time before the solar powered motor-vehicles take over the streets.

How it works?

Holden has tried really hard to show its sensitivity towards Australians and has been working hard to erase the negativity that has started getting associated with its brand image. Timing however has given the edge to Ford who has opened up a whole new product market for itself globally.

A lot of people from the company as well as other experts have been calculating and they are of the opinion that savings running this novel category of cars will be huge. Ford has estimated that the costs as compared to fossil fuel based automobiles will be way less since the fuel consumption will be cut into half!

Experts have said that the greenhouse gas emissions will reduce by one billion metric tons in the United States if all light duty vehicles adapt to this method. Not only is this plan eco-friendly but also cost-effective. It sure seems like a win-win situation. We have to wait and see if the promises are delivered.

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Can Australia Dream to be the Next Energy Super Power?


 In the recent times, Australia has been hailed as the next super power in renewable energy sector. As the country is blessed with vast landscapes and open coats, the hearsay could be more than true. This is not just in the case of solar energy, but also in case of capturing wind energy.

As per Jeremy Rifkin, who authored Third Industrial Revolution, Australia could be the next Saudi Arabia in terms of renewable energy. With the support of ample sunlight and coastal wind, the country could tap and make use of these resources. He says it doesn’t make sense to use the depleting fossil fuels and its better to switch to alternative energy sooner.

Alternative energy

Shifting to alternative energy would mean a cleaner planet, ample of job opportunities in the energy field and a better future. But when one analyzes where does Australia stand in terms of investing and promoting renewables, the interest doesn’t seem to be so great.

Other Countries

Most of the countries have gone a long way ahead in promoting, trapping and using alternative energy resources like sun and the wind. UK has transformed the power stations (coal-fired) into solar energy farms that help them harness the energy. The US is slowly embracing the change and new policies seem to be taking shape under the Government. New developments in solar policies are underway in Germany.

Not just the developed countries, but the developing nations are also promoting usage of renewable energy sources like never before. India, for example, because of the newly elected Government, has started focusing on moving away from depleting fossil fuels and tapping renewable energy sources.

Lagging Behind

Though Australia is taking steps to harness renewable energy resources, it is not enough as other industrialised nations are much ahead in the race. Australia seems to still be supported by fossil fuels in many ways.

The recent news articles very well highlight the stance taken by Australian Government in not supporting the use of renewables. The Government has recently announced approval for Carmichael Coal and Rail Project. Also, the foreign investors are likely to withdraw their support due to the uncertainty of the RET.

Australia has to cover up a lot in order to catch up with other countries. The fact is that Australian people like using renewable energy as it is cheaper and will help them cut the electricity bills. One could see that most of the Australian houses have installed rooftop solar panels and solar hot water system. These could help them utilize solar energy for their household energy requirement.

Apart from facing the energy crisis that may affect in future, switching to alternative energy sources would be a support in the future. Better environment, thousands of job opportunities and reduction of fossil fuel usage will definitely benefit the world at large. Once the Government starts supporting the new idea, investment firms will be certain to invest more. Australia should be ready to mould the energy policies in order to promote the alternative energy usage in the country.

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Subsidies for Alternative Energy Affecting Lower Income Group?


When most of the countries are analyzing the positives of solar energy sources Australia is debating about the increased electricity charges. Australian consumers seem to deal with energy poverty. While not all are affected by it, lower income group in the country are definitely familiar with it.

The country is blessed with vast landscapes suitable for trapping renewable energy. Like many other Governments across the world, Australian Government and other organizations are investing more in tapping the renewable’s potential.

Energy poverty, as defined by Australia, is when one has to spend more than 10 percent of the (disposable) income on energy usage. This situation in Australia is mainly due to the hike in electricity prices. The question that many Australians are asking now is do they really have such an energy crisis or energy shortage in their country.

The main reason for such an increase seems to the investments in Renewable Energy Target (RET) and increase in carbon tax. It has been assumed that if a huge investment was not provided for alternative energy promotion, electricity charges would not have been hiked and would be the normal rates as before.

Carbon pollution

Richard Denniss, executive director of The Australia Institute states that most of the electricity price hike is due to inefficient working methods of the energy companies. He says that the national electricity market’s wrong assumptions and more-than-required investment in poles and wires have taken the country to such a situation.

Energy companies have believed that they will see an increase in demand. As per the Australian Energy Markets Commission, the about 4 percent price rise is expected because of the programs for renewables energy source promotion. Along with the carbon tax, a total of 13 percent would be estimated for the 100 percent hike in energy prices. 87 percent can be accounted for the infrastructure cost which is around $45 billion.


As per the reports by University of Sydney, the price hikes in electricity charges are affecting the lower income group of Australia extremely high. The problem is found to be increasing over the years.

As per Dr Lynne Chester who studied the crisis, around 3.5 million families are affected by the electricity price hikes. He says this seems to be a growing problem which needs to be dealt with as soon as possible. The households getting affected by the hikes are major the lowest income groups. He also said that the lower income households would find it difficult to cut their energy usage.

Options Available

As most of the Australians face the brunt of the price hike, there are a few options that could support them now and in the coming years. As the price of solar panels systems are falling, it would be a good option to switch, at least partially, to solar panels. People could cut their electricity bills by about 30 percent by supporting them with solar energy.

It is expected that solar batteries may become more efficient in terms of storing unused solar energy. Once this works out, trapping, using and storing solar energy would not be a problem at all.

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What an Aussie Must Know before Buying a Solar Panel System


 We all are aware of the fact that alternative energy is making news all around the world. It’s cheaper and eco-friendly than traditional energy resources like charcoal, kerosene and fossil fuels. These alternative energy resources like solar, thermal and wind energy can enable all nations face the potential energy crisis in the future. Here is how Australians can help themselves save and make use of what is available aplenty in the country – the energy from the sun!

While you may get many great offers from companies for utilizing your rooftop for solar energy, a word of caution on why and how you can avoid falling into such traps.

Alternative energy sources

Most of the contracts arranged by the big companies could go on, for as long as, twenty years. First of all, you don’t have the visibility of next twenty years to even think that you could lease your roof for multi-nationals. Maybe you earn extra income, but what if your plans of changing the house or expanding it change when you are on contract? The solar panels may be installed by the company free-of-cost or you may get to use solar energy, but these arrangements may get expensive in the future.

Instead of choosing an uncertain deal, you could choose to buy a solar panels system for yourself and get benefited by it. Most of the Australians, nowadays, are selling the extra energy that they save up on their roof. Along with earning a good sum on the additional energy sold, they are also able to cut down the electricity bills.

Go for Quality

With increasing popularity of renewable energy sources, the market is flooded with companies offering different solar panel systems. Always choose one that can you can rely on and one that requires less maintenance. Remember, it is not for show off but for your personal use. So choose wisely and opt to invest for long-term usage.

Be Informed

Before you buy a solar panel system, collect as much information as possible regarding the types available, the kind of usage, reliability and cost. Shop owners can lure into buying the most expensive ones highlighting its benefits. Don’t be blind to such tricks, but be open to see the benefits various products offer and compare. Always choose as per your requirement.

Buy with Your Own Money

If you have a plan to buy solar energy systems, plan it in advance and save up some money. This would let you sleep in peace as there won’t be any stiff terms and conditions that you need to adhere to if you were taking a loan.

Plan Your Returns

Choose an installer who could help you out with planning your returns from the solar panels system. Understand the type you require based on your household usage. Plan it in advance so that you can make the best use of the system. Also, always go for a verified and credible installer.

You can see yourself reaping the returns within no time from the solar panel system you have installed for your energy use. Not only is it safe, but it is also energy efficient and cheap.

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Is it time to justify the WA decision to slash feed-in tariffs or what they call cost-cutting mechanisms?


Is it time to justify the WA decision to slash feed-in tariffs or what they call cost-cutting mechanisms?

Earlier this week SQHQ saw a disgusted and disappointed Finn as the news of the solar power betrayal was broken to the people of West Australia. His disappointment was, most obviously, with Premier Colin Barnett and Troy Buswell for the breakthrough that they made with the (historical, as Finn calls it) decision to cut the solar feed-in-tariff in Western Australia by one-half (yes, figuratively that is, from 40c to 20c). So a 50% slash of feed-in-tariffs will affect approximately 75,000 WA houses in that their solar agreements signed from 2010-2011 which promised a 40c level of feed-in-tariff rate. Not only that, the agreement lasts ten years, which means this is reason enough to annoy Finn Peacock, a staunch proponent of commitment. One thing that is sure to nauseate him is one’s (two, in this case!) distaste towards commitment to protect terms of a business contract. And if that business happens to be solar power, need I say more? So by now you have figured out the topic for today’s article which deals with the solar power sector, yet again.

There has been much discussion on the discourse that our policy makers have taken towards advancing their own money-minting interests. Finn argues that this has a negative impact on the aforementioned sector in two particular ways. One, it is indicative of the repulsive attitude of the federal government towards something as important as climate change. And two, it is making solar power inaccessible to the lower-income families, given its un-affordability. And on the moral aspect he has a lot to say about disrespect towards the sanctity of contracts. For what is the purpose of having people to sign contracts if they cannot have faith in them? Even though invisible, the tug-of-war between domestic users of solar power and our politicians is apparent.

And the world does it too..

Feed in tariff

Way back in the year 1991, Germany set an example when it introduced the feed-in tariff regime through its Electricity Feed Act, allowing it to become the undisputed leader of rooftop solar power generation and consumption in the world. Similarly, China has introduced a feed-in-tariff program at the national level that seeks to increase the demand for solar systems.

The Crux

What has to be realized (and very soon) is that residential solar energy in Australia is disadvantaged. Therefore we cannot expect the market to creep in. Moreover, do you think the market will be able to gauge the actual value of using electricity emanating from renewable sources? Properly grid-connected solar power systems can come with great economic benefit, beyond the sustainability behind their cause. And this cause can be catered to by feed-in tariffs, which the market often fails to recognize. This allows solar electricity to enjoy its true value, also providing financial incentives to domestic consumers to deploy renewable energy sources.

And yet our politicians continue to argue that the reduction in feed-in-tariffs would do well to the people of WA. So if their explanation for such slash were ‘to cut costs’, could we also possibly expect something similar to happen to the non-renewable energy sector? Then you only have to imagine the plight of the fossil-fuel fans and the narks!



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Major cause behind Australian bushfires?


Are we missing to recognize the major cause behind Australian bushfires?

One epidemic problem that has continued to plague Australia for years is frequent bushfires (the frequency of which has increased considerably in the last thirty years). Thanks to Australia’s hot and dry climate, these bushfires have a significant role to play in the mainland, causing damage to property and loss of human lives. And their impact is even more extensive during droughts and heatwaves. Other regions which are not rain-fed very well also come into the trap of bushfires.


For us here in the Australian mainland, bushfires have become like fast-food chains in China. But now is not the time to speak of what it has done to us in the past. In an emergency situation such as what we are in now, it is essential to delve deeper into the matter. Scientists have spoken about a possible connection between the increase in the frequency of bushfires and rapid climatic change. The time has come for us to ponder as well.

Is global warming omnipresent?

The IPCC has predicted serious change in climate patterns for the greater part of Australia in the years to come. And with the bushfire seasons coming way ahead of time each year, a pattern becomes traceable. And the very core essence behind this pattern is textbook’s favorite-global warming. Even as most proponents of fossil fuels (or non-renewable energy) and the narks choose to deny it, scientific study has proved year after year that man has caused global warming and that all damage done is man-made.

It astonishes many heads at SQHQ how bushfires hit Australia each year, cause devastation and leave a scar on our grasslands and the ecology as a whole and we continue appreciate other causes behind bushfires, often forgetting the major cause (ironically, it is most talked about otherwise), that being global warming. And therefore comes in the role of renewable energy sources.

Now, advocates of solar energy have always argued that solar power does not only stand as a cleaner and greener energy source but also as an effective means of reducing pressure on global warming. The simple logic they put into place to validate their claim is based on the principle of positive correlation between reducing pressure and lessening environmental degradation. As and when power sources get cleaner, their negatively shaped impacts on the environment are reduced. And lesser the burden, the more we can abate global warming. Way back in 2007, CSIRO’s study indicated how climate change gives impetus to high fire danger, resulting in bushfires in the grasslands and forest regions. Historical study has also shown that the root cause of bushfires is human activity.


And yet, our politicians and the non-renewable energy fans continue to disagree. Amid all controversy, another forest will experience a bushfire event, causing heavy losses and devastation, impacting the lives of those even in the suburban areas or cities. Yet, our policy makers shall continue to beat about the bush, when asked to objectively opine on the matter. The only cause of concern is what if that bush also catches fire?

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Reaching out to the sun: New York:

Renewable energy has always been a topic of debate in government setups and has apparently become the new trend for the United States politicians.

Some powerful politicians seem to now understand the imperativeness of saving beloved Mother Earth from degradation and erasing humanity’s carbon footprint from the face of this planet.


There are many big industrialists, having financial power, who are staunch advocates of fossil fuel and but the arguments in favor of alternative renewable sources like solar energy cannot be undermined. A lot of people think that this debate has been shut long back with the cause of converting to renewable energy being reduced to mere theory.

Though the major industrialists like the Koch brothers would love to have this cause permanently dropped, we have now highly reputed people who are trying to shift the focus back to this subject of such grave importance. One of these personas being, Andrew Cuomo, the current Governor of New York. For those less aware of the political scenario, he is a Democratic who happens to be the 56th governor and is rumored for Presidential candidacy.

New York solar project


He certainly has a strong background considering his descent from a former governor of New York, Mario Cuomo. He also worked as a part of Bill Clinton’s administration and though he might have to queue up after Hillary to be selected as the presidential candidate, he has created a flawlessly dignified image for himself. His former spouse happened to be Kerry Kennedy but that marriage tragically (given his governmental line of profession) ended in divorce.

What has jaws dropping though is Mr. Cuomo’s solar power initiative. Recently the governor declared a $1 Billion extension to his 2012 NY- solar project. The program aims at installing three thousand MW of solar powered energy across the state.

An article from Think Progress has quoted the Natural Resources Defense Council. The Council has given statistics that say that greenhouse gases will be reduced by almost 2.3 million tons annually. This figure is arrived at by calculating that almost 4, 65,000 houses will be powered by these solar energy installations.

Employment generation in this sector will initially be as much as thirteen thousand jobs.

As a demonstration, 5000 state aided schools will be used for this project. Another interesting aspect is the Solar Governor’s plan to sponsor and encourage micro grids.

The NRDC has mentioned the positive effects of this scheme. They are of the opinion that a brand new market for solar power has been successfully created while also effectively reducing costs and using modern technology.


Cuomo has become the brand ambassador for the ones supporting alternate energy. His fan-following is quite optimistic that if he does decide to run for President or even lands a position higher up the ladder, their cause will soon become a global one.

It is true that this is a major topic of discussion amongst the progressive thinkers of this age but with someone as influential as Mr. Cuomo supporting the movement for using non-exhaustive sources of energy, the debate has a chance of being universally re-visited and maybe the day when most countries will be solar-powered isn’t  that far away after all.






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Will perovskite be the genius behind remodeling the solar industry?


Will perovskite be the genius behind remodeling the solar industry?

Perovskite: changing the face of solar industry:

Even as the cost of most of the newer technologies surges (and these technologies also claim to perform better), solar power promises to provide sustainable energy at comparatively lower costs. And here at the SQHQ, our minds and interests were piqued by a new entrant into the solar industry-namely, perovskite (and believe us, as intriguing as the name sounds to you, we were also equally taken in by its potential in the solar market!)

And what is this perovskite?


So one thing is clear that perovskite is not a secret project of the Russian intelligence but a good conductor of sunlight. Originally founded in 1839 in the Ural Mountains, today it has come to draw all attention towards its potential replacement of silicon in solar cells. And what follows is the scientists’ race towards achieving the best possible model of a solar cell with perovskite that can conduct electricity better and prove to be a major breakthrough, etching their names in history an in science textbooks of the generations to come.

I shall safely choose not to explain the exact science behind perovskite conducting electricity better than silicon, given the complexity of scientific terminology like diffusion and action of nanoparticles, but will move on to the more social impact of such a breakthrough. The simple truth that concerns everyone is the seventy-five per cent cost-cut (yes, round about that much!) that will follow if this reformation were to happen. But wait, perovskite comes with a little more to offer. Henry Snaith, representative of his researching team at the prestigious Oxford University claims that there will be a rise in efficiency from 15% now to roughly 25% in future. Varun Sivaram, from Henry’s team, believes that it is a “major breakthrough ever since the very invention of the solar cell”.

Breaking preset myths

Therefore, if carefully introduced to the market, it has much scope in which it can effectively bring down costs and make solar energy more accessible. So the idea (and the mindset) that solar power is reserved only for the higher classes and the rich elite shall stand defended.  And who knows, solar power may come down to the levels of nuclear and coal to compete with them?

Beyond just the cost factor, what also demands attention is the fact that solar power shall soon allow us to move towards a time where we no longer have to pay heed to the unpredictability of government subsidies. And even as I may sound revolutionary, we at SQHQ have always campaigned (internally) for better and more substantial government support. Till how long will we have the federal state announcing subsidies in one place and withdrawing them in the other and at their own will?

Therefore, if perovskite were to actually come in and replace silicon, thereby reducing costs, it would do away with the requirement of any subsidy, whatsoever and you can only imagine the amount of hassle we shall be freed from! People have spoken much about “grid parity” and at the moment, perovskite in solar cells seems to be closest to meeting that definition.

So next time you come across a thin-film, flexible, light and transparent solar cell instead of one of those bulky green ones which used to be deployed on your rooftops, you know what is the reason behind such a revolution-that which comes at a cost equivalent to buying a new mattress!

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Eight things while fixing a deal with your solar panels supplier


Eight things you must consider while fixing a deal with your solar panels supplier

There are two things that I cannot deny. One, that solar power has become a popular source of sustainable energy and two, that you, as customers and citizens, have become more conscious. And a combination of these two factors has worked well for solar power companies too boost their production processes as can be evidenced by the surge in their numbers.

Dealing with solar panels:

So today, when you type “Best deals for solar panels” in the Google search bar, a long list with names of different companies will appear who (all) claim to provide the ‘best product at the cheapest price’. Or you are sure to come across advertisements and hoardings stating that a 1.5KW system, which includes six solar panels and one inverter, is the best possible offer anyone can ever provide. And this is sure to drive your heads crazy, for you really don’t know which company to rely on/choose.

Therefore, I choose to analyze what you should be looking out for, so you smoothly sail through the process of buying the deal which is most economical and viable.

Solar panel diagram

The 8 points are:

  1. Establish a ‘connection’: Now most companies will promise you a “Fully installed” system which you might mistake for its literal meaning. In reality (and also to your misfortune), you will actually have to engage with a local electricity distributor to buy an import-export meter that can connect the system to your grid. A few nice men will, however, clarify such integrities like the overhead cost of setting up the system or may also arrange the grid-connection for you. Which means, watch out for those companies which don’t mention about the grid-connection!
  2. Absent brand-ing: You will also find a few firms that don’t disclose the brand of the solar panels you are buying. Judge for yourself, can such a company be genuine? To be on the safer side always find out all information available about the product (now, at the click of a mouse button) and read customer reviews of the product. Better still, you may rely on the cheaper deals of Chinese products, which are soon to rule the market.
  3. Caution, again: The above point follows for inverters as well. Don’t buy if adequate information is not available.
  4. Unnecessary overhead costs: Many companies offer a pre-install inspection which you may blissfully invite before knowing of the additional charges associated with them. Make sure to find out.
  5. The ECP formula: Like any other business, companies will find ways of making money through their extra-charges policy, what I call ECP. Absence of the correct roof slope, more distance of your home from their head-office than what they usually cover, obsolescence of your fusebox, or additional wiring that you may require will all incur “extra-charges”. Hence, specify such details to the company beforehand for transparent costing in the end.
  6. Poor base: Many will promise warranty only if you get regular servicing done (unless specified). Such poor policy speaks volume about how unimportant customer satisfaction is to the company. Therefore, skip this, choose the next.
  7. Low price, low quality: Also avoid companies that use cheaper components which contribute a great deal to the longevity of the system. This is the risk that comes alongside extremely cheap deals.
  8. Price paid=Quality service received: Last, make sure that the money that leaves your pocket reaches the correct hand, that you get the best deal for the price (and that the time spent on your research about the product is worth it!)
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Top Energy Company tricks people, campaigns against renewable energy?


Top Energy Company tricks people, campaigns against renewable energy?

What can make your already high electricity bill look even nastier? A message printed on the extreme right side, on the lower half of the document in bold red letters-

“Estimates of the NSW government suggest that green energy schemes and Federal carbon tax contribute nearly $332 to a 6.5MWh household bill.”

As nauseating as this experience was, it grabbed my attention to the deeper layers of such a message. And therefore, folks, we deemed it necessary to examine one of Australia’s top integrated energy companies claim that green scheme subsidies and the carbon tax are the prime reason for a surge in your electricity bills.



This inquisitive mind was piqued by the source of such claim, that being the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal a.k.a IPART. And hence, I could not resist but move the cursor to the FAQ section of IPART’s website to be able to analyze its claim and present it to you for your edification. The answer to “What is the reason behind an increase in electricity prices in the last few years?” went something like this-

“The last six years, specifically, have seen an annual increase in electricity bills by nearly $1060 in New South Wales. A major portion of the bill is eaten up by the network companies that transmit electricity from power stations to customers.”

If you carefully read on, you would realize that carbon tax and green schemes are mentioned but only as secondary causes of less importance. Therefore, the said company should assume the role of justifying the basis of such extrapolation.

Finn Peacock of SQHQ, when asked about his opinion on rising electricity bills, stated that “An increase in the demand for fancy air conditioners calls for more wiring and increased poles. This pushes up prices.”

But this company has its own reasons for practically opposing the growth of renewable energy. As stated above, they feel that the central cause for a sharp rise in electricity bills is your green power. On top of it, they have publicly declared their goal of preventing further developments in the field of renewable sources of energy. One of its very recent research projects suggests that the company is working to minimize potential growth of the renewable energy sector. And what method is it deploying to achieve such objectives? Careful manipulation and extrapolation give it scope to influence the RET set as 20% for the year 2020.

So, in a world where men are thoroughly campaigning to promote the more sustainable form of energy, renewable that is, few big energy utilities like the company in question, are deploying their power to dismiss the sector altogether. And for all you know the entire publicity around holding green schemes and carbon tax responsible only allows some other tactics of the similar kind to follow. We all have our businesses to expand and profits to make. Whether this is to be achieved by tricking people into believing what is farce, remains to be the central question. We eagerly await your responses here or over the social media, at our Facebook page.

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Does the Government’s Direct Action Plan speak louder than words?


When there is much agitation about something, what can the government do? It can resort to the most dependable weapon that can save it from public criticism-and that weapon is having a policy in place. Now what is interesting is that the viability of such a policy is only a secondary issue. You are expected to celebrate the responsiveness of the government towards its principles.

Solar panels

Before my words get any more political and tend to offend a few of you, let me move towards the centre point of this article. And that is the Australian government’s announcement of its Direct Action Plan to deal with climatic change.

What is this Direct Action Plan?:

The Coalition has sought an alternative to the Labor’s carbon pricing policy. The proposed plan seeks to give incentives to polluters to reduce their existing emissions. The government feels this policy will work better than an electricity tax covering the entire nation. It has set targets of reducing emissions by the year 2020 by 5% below 2000 levels. This ideology has come under great criticism from countries such as the US, Brazil and China and also agglomerations such as the EU. These countries have deemed the targets as inadequate, raising questions about the effectiveness of government policies. Indeed, there is skepticism about the nature of these policies even within the countries.

Numbers Speak:

A survey conducted by Fairfex Media among 35 top economists revealed figures that dropped our jaws here at SQHQ. To put it modestly, 86% of the economists felt that the existing carbon tax regime is more viable than the Coalition’s new policy. So if I were to break the raw figures to you, only two were in support of Direct Action! What amused me the most was the reason one of those two humble men gave for backing the plan. He said Direct Action stood for ‘no action’ and that was reason enough to justify his vote. And this gives impetus to all those hundreds of polluters to continue running their businesses and corporations with greater efficiency (and less sustainability).

Coming back to the results this survey yielded, thirty others voted in favor of carbon pricing. This policy is based on the idea that polluters pay the price for the damage they do to the environment. And who would want to spend that extra dollar (or dollars) on something as irrelevant as carbon emissions? But the Coalition does not seem pretty happy with this idea and has therefore put its own action plan in place.

In this entire blame-game of politics that we are all stuck up in (whether we choose to or not), we fail to recognize the harsh reality. Australia stands to be the fifteenth largest emitter in the world. Numerically, it accounts for 1.3% of the global greenhouse emissions. And what contributes most to greenhouse gas emissions? It is electricity generation and subsequent consumption. The Labor has most religiously campaigned for a higher target of 15 or 20%, which has been declined by the Coalition as threatening its international obligations.

At the bottom of such debate, we can only appreciate the irony behind the name of the project which claims to bring about ‘direct action’!

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Solar storage technology revolutionized by PHOTOSYNTHESIS


Have you ever wondered that the mechanism plants use to make food by a process called photosynthesis can actually be used as a model that can be incorporated in solar storage technology???  Scientists from UCLA have been working on a version of solar storage technology based on ancient technology to obtain a much more accomplished effect than battery storage.

Research Studies


A research team from UCLA have published a paper in Science stating that a new technology would pave way in allowing solar cells to store energy for more than several weeks contrary to the existing few microseconds at a time.   A breakthrough will revolutionize the way we think about solar cells.  The UCLA have based their technology on the mechanism used by the plant kingdom.  They call the plant kingdom as storage geniuses.

Technology based on the mechanism of photosynthesis

A UCLA professor of Chemistry, Sarah Tolbert states that plants use the mechanism of photosynthesis to store energy from the sun, where they store energy by separating them into positive and negative charges, which is one of the most efficient methods of Science.   In the process of photosynthesis, plants when exposed to sunlight utilize organized nanoscale structures present in their cells to quickly separate the charges by efficiently pulling the electrons away from the positive charged molecules hence, facilitating the separation in an efficient manner.

Instead of using current silicon to accomplish the separation of charged particles, the UCLA team are using this mechanism of photosynthesis to develop less expensive plastic solar cells to keep the charged particles separated for several weeks.

According to them, plants have well-organized structures to separate the charges, but the modern plastic solar cells don’t possess such organized structures.  They also add that with this new system in place, the charges can be well separated for a number of weeks and hence making the right structure would largely improve the retention of energy.

Technology based on meatballs

The press release by the UCLA compares the technology with a plate of cooked pasta.  The organic photovoltaics, which are the plastic materials are structured like a plate of pasta with the highly disorganized mass of skinny, long polymer called the “spaghetti” with haphazard fullerene “meatballs.”   This arrangement is not very efficient because there is a possibility of the electrons to hop back to the polymer spaghetti and get lost.  The UCLA technology provides a more structured arrangement of the elements.  They arrange the plate of pasta with appropriately placed meatballs with small bundles of uncooked spaghetti.  They are designed in such a way that a few of fullerene meatballs sit inside the spaghetti bundles and the rest remain outside.  The fullerenes present inside the structures toss the electrons from the polymers to the fullerenes present outside thus keeping the electrons away from the polymers for a number of weeks.

A senior co-author of this study and a UCLA professor of chemistry, Yves Rubin says, it is not far from this technology being commercially feasible.  He also added that a real device with these materials are not available yet, but if put together in a close circuit, these things will happen and they will really get somewhere. So the meatball pasta technology might pave way in revolutionizing solar storage technology.  The bottom line is that the idea behind the whole technology is based on the storage mechanism used by the plant kingdom for millions of years.



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Powerwall or Lead Acid?


Different types of batteries are available in the market that is suitable for off-grid situations. Here we analyse two of those batteries: Powerwall and Lead acid batteries based on various parameters like efficiency, lifespan, output, dependability and maintenance.


Powerwall batteries are designed in a way that will help in monitoring discharge, rate of charge, temperature and voltage levels. Powerwall batteries are loaded with a 10-year warranty. There is no guarantee over the lifetime of lead acid batteries. Most of the manufacturers offer one year warranty; some go up to offering two years, which comes only for the highly-priced product. What customers look for in products is reliability, and hence Powerwall seems to be the natural choice of those who want a support.


Powerwall batteries’ efficiency is 92% and this is much better than that of lead acid batteries. About 85% of efficiency is seemed to be provided by the lead acid batteries.

Powerwall battery

Power Output

Continuously 2 kilowatts of power can be expected from a Powerwall battery. Maximum what you can expect from this battery is an extension up till 3 kw. It requires 2 kilowatts energy to refrigerator, lights, TV, laptops – more things will not be possible – after sunset. Air conditioning can be run on low power mode, but usage of other electronic appliances may be too risky. Other electric appliances, that require high power, may not be possible to run while on off-grid situation. Powerwall batteries help you achieve all these.

It would be sufficient with two Powerwall batteries to run the home appliances after sunset. Care is still advised in running too many items finally leading to a collapse. Air conditioning the house, before sunset, is always advised. This would help in reducing the amount of electricity required.

Normal lead acid batteries cannot be fully trusted while on off-grid mode with many appliances running simultaneously. If the lead acid battery comes with a 10-year lifespan, then using various appliances at the same time can be considered. If you are looking for batteries that run for a long time, exercising caution while using them is advised.

A lot of information has been written about the powerwall here. Good for Americans to read especially.

Space Requirement

As the name suggests, Powerwall batteries can be mounted on walls. Not only that, these batteries can also be installed inside the house or outside. These do not take up much space. If these are installed in the proper manner, these are safe inside the house. Lead acid batteries may get heated up anytime. It is safe to install them outside the house. The space required for lead acid batteries is much more than that required for Powerwall batteries. Lead acid batteries can take up a considerable amount of space if these have to support two houses off-grid.



Powerwall batteries do not require maintenance whereas lead acid batteries require a check every six months, if they have long lifespan.

Considering all of the above, it is very clear that Powerwall batteries are much better than lead acid batteries for off-grid situations. Though the power required to run the house completely depends on the solar energy stored during daylight, for immediate and reliable power need, Powerwall batteries are excellent. Most importantly, usage of solar energy for sometime reduces the electricity consumption.

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The Best Solar Water Heater for you!


With the increased popularity of solar power generation, households across the globe are considering switching to solar power wherever possible. For hot water usage, should you go for solar hot water or solar power panels? While the market is flooded with different products, apart from these two, here is why solar hot water system is the best bet among all. Read on to know more.

water heate

If You Wish for a Simple Life

Your headache is over once you buy and set up a good solar hot water system. It remains on your roof-top, without even giving you the feeling that its there; comes to your mind only when you need hot water! Of course, your electricity bill for heating water will also remind you of the solar hot water system. Good amount of sunlight keeps the system going for a long time and heats as much as water possible. There are no timers or other control systems that is synced with the PV production.

Simple Mechanism

A solar hot water system allows heat from the sun to heat the water without converting the same into electricity. This way the mechanism of a solar hot water system is quite simple. It is thermodynamically efficient.

Save up Your Roof Space

Solar hot water system does not take much space on your roof. It takes only one fourth of the space of eight more PV panels. You could save up your roof space for more solar panels as the panels are becoming cheaper. You could add more panels and trap and store solar energy as much as you want. This could be useful when the sun is on a vacation!

Increased Value for Your Home

Depending upon the location, it is said that solar hot water systems can increase the value of your home. Hence the system could prove to be a good investment plan for your home.

Energy for Future

Invest in solar batteries and store up a good amount of energy that can be useful during emergencies or natural calamities. You could cut yourself off from the power network, yet continue doing your day-to-day activities using the stored up solar energy.


Other Advantages

Solar hot water system helps you save your money by cutting the electricity by as much as 30%. This way you could save up and invest your money in something else. When you buy a solar hot water system, you are not only making a long-time investment but doing a lot of benefits for your planet too. By switching to clean energy, carbon emissions from fossil fuel will reduce and would give way to a better living. A good part of fossil fuels will remain untouched for future generations to use.

Most of the households as well as industries are slowly shifting towards clean energy methods as these prove to more beneficial in long run. These are cheaper in cost, but longer in terms of energy productivity and credibility. Tapping into natural resources like solar, wind and thermal energy is the way ahead to meet energy crisis that faces the world.




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Poor Nations Spending More on Renewable Energy Sources?


Renewable energy sources: Poor nations

For many years, renewable energy resources have gained attention of many countries across the globe for their low production cost, energy efficiency, energy availability and less dependency on traditional methods. While it could be a popular belief that rich nations are investing and trying to harness the energy crisis in their nations by switching to renewables, it does not seem to be the reality.

Studies report that more than rich nations, poor nations are investing more in alternative energy like solar power and reaping more benefits. Benefits point towards growth over the past few years. Report state that the desirable outcomes are twice as high in poor nations when compared to rich nations.

What are the Study Details?

The study was conducted in 55 nations including Uruguay, Kenya, South Africa, China and Brazil. It was found that from 2008 till 2013, a cumulative of 142 gigawatts was installed by these 55 nations. The growth percent in economically backward nations was seen to be143, but the rich nations had only 84 percent to take credit for.

Why are Poor Nations Interested in Clean Energy?

It has been stated that clean energy is a viable option for poor nations because of its cost-effectiveness. Traditional methods, like producing energy from fossil fuels, are more expensive than or sometimes twice as expensive as renewables. For a country like Jamaica, relying on solar panels for energy is more efficient and cost-effective. Likewise, for Nicaragua, tapping onto wind energy is more affordable.

wind energy

Why Rich Nations Lag Behind?

Sourcing energy from fossil fuels is expensive, but quite affordable for prosperous nations. This capacity to invest money in traditional methods is familiar and more convenient. This is a demotivating factor, causing these wealthy nations to lag behind in this energy-harnessing race. But as the traditional methods deplete, sooner wealthy nations will have to tap the potential of renewables in their countries.

Investment in Clean Energy

It was noted that the nations that took part in the study invested more than double the amount that was invested for promoting usage of alternative energy resources in 2007. If it was $59.3 billion invested in 2007, it rose to $122 billion in 2013. The numbers clearly indicate that the amount of certainty in investing renewable energy seems to have increased.

More poor nations are eagerly learning new lessons about harnessing renewable energy resources and using it to their advantage. New steps are being taken to enjoy the production of clean energy that is affordable.

The International Energy Agency has stated that by 2040, the energy from hydropower and other renewables will be able to support half of the energy needs for growth in Africa.

Price cuts in solar panels and the introduction of battery for storing solar energy has come as a boon to countries that have adopted renewable energy methods. Within their limited budgets, they could make use of solar energy in almost all aspects in life – even use the power during natural calamities! This only point towards a better future in these countries in terms of good education, good health facilities and steady growth.


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Solar Energy to Lead by 2050


Study says Solar Energy would Lead by 2050

As per the latest study by Deutsche Bank, Solar energy is to dominate other traditional energy resources, like fossil fuels, in terms of production and usage by 2015. The report stated that in the coming 20 years, solar energy market will grow ten times whereas electricity market would only be double its current size. The solar industry will also be generating cumulative revenue of $5 trillion.

More Findings as per the Study

The study finds that solar energy penetration will be more in the world, as much as 30%. Also, more developing countries would invest and expand more on solar energy resources, for example countries like India. The country has recently announced that, by 2022, it is targeting 100GW of solar capacity and is working towards the target.

Potential for Solar Storage

It is said that price reduction in storage would lead to more countries adopting solar energy resources than depending on traditional energy. Researches are on the way to see if it is possible to solar energy storage and access it on the outbreak of natural calamities. Recent incidents across the globe have shown that people are more affected without energy for usage during natural calamities.


The researchers also share that it is possible for people to disconnect from power network during natural calamities, which is another benefit of storing and using solar energy. It is possible to isolate houses from power outrage that would keep them safe, yet let them work smoothly because of the stored solar power.

Reduction in solar power panels has attracted many buyers. But the recent price cuts in batteries have also increased the interest in buyers for opting solar power panels. The demand is only predicted to be growing in the coming years as the continuous drop on battery prices are between 10 to 15 percent. More home owners might invest in buying battery for their solar panels.

All these signs point towards a solar power revolution in the world, with both developed countries and developing countries opting for renewable energy resources for growth. Tapping solar power for countries like Australia and Africa would be the most viable option as both countries have got open landscapes and ample amount of sunlight reception. Like any other initiative, what is required the most is support from the respective government bodies and, of course, the right amount of investment, both from local and foreign investors.

With the solar power storage option, now widely thought about and promoted, energy crisis may only remain a nightmare that has passed by. As more and more countries view solar power as a viable option for managing power issues, clean energy is becoming a more familiar concept in people’s minds across the globe.

It is interesting to see that many Governments in developing nations like India and Bangladesh are supporting the usage and promoting the idea of solar energy panels and other alternative methods. Not only would this aid in saving traditional energy resources, this would also give rise to the idea of clean energy, without any carbon emissions.

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Solar Energy to Provide More Electricity to Africa?


Africa to get more electricity

It is a well-known fact that most of the African villages and, some cities, sustain themselves without electricity, affecting their day-to-day living as well as many other industries.

World Energy Outlook report

Confirming this fact is the World Energy Outlook report, which states that more than two-thirds of the cities and villages in Africa do not have electricity. This shows why there is illiteracy, dearth of investment affecting various industries, bad health conditions and pollution. The report echoes the need for solar energy revolution in the country to fill these energy gaps and help Africa progress in ways that any other country would usually progress.

Present Situation in Africa

More than 621 million in Africa live without electricity and this number, unfortunately, seems to go up and not down. Health is affected owing to the fact that medicines cannot be refrigerated and thus making it impossible to vaccinate children. This leads to infant deaths or poor health in other kids who manage to live through these poor conditions. Most of the households depend on kerosene, charcoal and candles for energy, and other energy-providing materials.

Electricity shortage also affects the certainty of profits for investors, translating into no or inadequate investment in growth and industries.

Solar Power in Africa

Africa solar power

Most of the African countries receive more than adequate amount of solar energy, which if taped could solve a lot of critical issues faced by these countries. If renewable energy sources are tapped, African countries could go ahead in progress without much depending on any other source of energy.

What is required in Africa?

As we have seen before, political support and support from the governing bodies is essential for any kind of growth-supporting initiatives. The local governments and other countries will have to support the initial planning and investment for sufficient boost to the plan in Africa.

As the price of solar power panels are plunging, it is easier now to invest and promote the usage of solar energy resource, and this could also help to connect many homes through a grid system.

Progress in Other Poor Countries

As per the reports, over 3.5m off-grid power systems tapping the solar energy has been installed in Bangladesh. This is only the beginning and the country is set to install more such power systems in the coming years. Quite evidently, this has only been possible with the sheer enthusiasm from the Government and firms that were ready to invest.

History has it that electricity has positively influenced the growth, reduced poverty and improved quality of life. If only Africa could tap on one of its natural resources, it could be on the path of development, like several other countries. Many countries in Africa could very well follow the success path set up by Kenya and Ethiopia. More than expertise or finance, it is the Government support and foreign-aid that influences progress. Slowly and steadily, Africa could reduce the declining annual growth percentages.

Also, opting for alternative energy resources is a suitable choice for curbing pollution and promoting clean energy usage mission.

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Usage of Solar Energy


 As the traditional energy sources continue to deplete, countries across the globe have started looking at alternative energy sources that can replace or support the traditional energy sources. So far, this idea interested the industrialised countries only. But, recent studies report that developing countries, like South Africa are also looking at the possibilities of alternative energy sources, solar energy for example, for various needs.

Norfund and UN Findings

The Norfund (the Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries) has clearly announced the fact that developing nations are keener to promote the use of alternative energy.

The UN has also reported that increase in the number of countries opting for more investment in renewable energy sources usage is a significant, mainly the developing countries. The report says that the increase has been six times in the last eight years in these countries – this is a phenomenal increase, as per the UN.

Norfund Partnerships and Success Stories

More future partnerships by Norfund are expected that would help them promote the clean energy idea more and expand the usage into areas that is under the Norwegian Government. Partnerships also mean greater investment in this area. Currently, South Africa and Rwanda see a combination of 190 MW of solar energy in use, because of the current partnerships. Foreign and local partnerships will a give a great boost to the idea of utilising solar energy.


Norfund and the investors see the current expansion in partnerships as a success that would continue for many years to come. These partnerships are believed to be for the continued support on promoting the renewable energy sources in the African region and are based upon the successes of the past in the same.

There are many other funds like Norfund that help developing countries interested in using sustainable energy sources. Of course, the power and mileage of Government bodies supporting a cause, especially a relatively new idea like promoting sustainable energy sources, has been clearly shown through Norfund.

The Norwegian Government’s partnership firms hope to see more investments in the area of renewables.

Renewables 2014 Global Status Report states that usage of the alternative energy sources have given rise to expansions in manufacturing, investment and markets. These expansions mean that more and more developing countries are supporting the usage of renewable energy sources.

Support from World Bank

Also, the World Bank has been providing financial support to those developing nations interested in using and improving alternative energy sources. This support has been equally for wind, solar and geothermal generators. US$9.45bn has been provided for improvements in renewable energy source usage.

With companies and Government supporting in clean energy usage, it is more likely that more developing countries will follow the suite sooner than later. More investment has provided credibility to the idea of using renewables and has widely promoted the idea across the globe. With industrialised and developing countries starting to use sustainable energy resources on a bigger scale, the world seems getting ready to manage the fear of energy crisis.

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India Apace with Alternative Energy Policies


Many countries have been supporting development in alternative energy and have been expanding the usage of the same in various industries – this is especially the case in the solar power usage. Countries have been open about their various initiatives, progress and challenges in the same.

India, especially seems to have gone a long way in analysing the usage of solar energy to sustain and promote various other sectors in the country. Let’s take a look at how India is doing this and the promises offered along with the expansion.

Solar panels :India

Indian Initiatives at Present

Indian Government seems to priming its alternative energy policies in the country for various reasons. The Prime Minister has given nods for many initiatives in this direction – one of them being creating a group of solar-rich countries who will promote the usage of solar energy as an alternative method, across the globe. Fifty odd countries have been chosen for the same and India is most likely to head the group.

Ever since winning the 2014 election, Modi has made it a top priority to make India a solar power-supported nation. He has also said that the gamechanger in the entire process has been the closing gap between alternative energy and traditional energy.

Positive Development in Other Sectors

Confirming the above initiative, Piyush Goyal who heads the Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy Ministry in India, said that Modi has shown the green signal for the consortium formation with World Economic Forum and IREDA (Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency). Mr. Piyush also said that the Government is keen to mould various regulatory policies to suit the growth of the alternative energy sector.

The massive investment from both Indian and Foreign investments in this regard has given rise to many positive developments in the country. One of the major benefits is the increasing number of jobs in this area. With a booming population, India would definitely love to have more new job opportunities. By 2022, the Modi Government seeks to produce 100 gigawatt of Solar Power in the country, which would support one million jobs, as per the Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC).

Another benefit is the access to electricity for an increasing number of people in the country. This would accelerate the rate at which villages and cities grow and develop in various aspects.


Possible Challenges

India seems to be all-set to progress positively on the new path of solar energy expansion and application in many sectors. However, a few challenges that the country’s Government would have to keep in mind are the promotion of alternative energy amongst people. India currently relies more upon the energy derived from coal plants. The country may also need to increase the solar energy capacity from the current one, which is close to three gigawatt.


The positives are more on the side of this country with a booming population with the Government lowering the solar power panels’ costs and moulding the policies to suit the growth of the sector. With promising support from foreign investment, India could very well be the world leader in alternative energy sector.


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It is nearly time that Australian men and women be given assurance that the affordable on-grid energy storage system is on its way into making place in the market. They have seen some dark days for years now, both, literally and figuratively, and without an effective solution in place, so it is time that Australian homes be ushered into a new age where energy storage systems like the Teesta Powerwall be made available to them at low cost. But that comes with certain considerations.

While there is much talk about a low-cost energy saving system, the question lies in making a choice. Would you prefer to install the cheaper anti-islander inverter and experience occasional power outages? Or would you choose the more sophisticated islanding inverter which extracts power from your battery and works even while the grid is turned down but takes away that mini-vacation you had planned to Byron Bay with your family(Yes, it is certainly that expensive)?

So it is much like choosing between two mobile phone handsets-one gives you all features you desire but commands a greater price, and the other compromises on a few features but remains well within your budget. Only in this case Australia may improve her ties with another economic giant by consuming what is ‘Made in China’!


The problem with a grid-connected rooftop solar system is that electricity cannot be retrieved from the solar panels when the grid goes down (and that is to prevent the mishap cum dance performance that follows in case a lineman comes in contact with what seemed like a dead cable). Perhaps, this seems to explain the saying that goes about how each situation can be seen both, in positive and negative light. But the reality is that these anti-islanding inverters are easy to procure, cost-friendly and ensure safety of linemen while they work to the best of their abilities to restore light during a power cut in your homes.



Islanding inverter

For all those households that are looking for an alternative to blackouts, a potential solution is the islanding inverter a.k.a the off-grid inverter. Now, the motto of installing such a system is to completely do away with a power failure. In some cases, a generator is also connected with the system; even though you may question that the entire purpose of installing such a system stands defeated if a generator were connected to an inverter. But the cause of worry of this system would be its cost. Add to that, batteries need to be fully charged all throughout the day to survive the nights, which means enough solar power must be available on rooftops.

Can there be a third choice?

What’s worse is that even if a possible middle ground were to be struck, it would still be very expensive. For example, a model I came across required plug points of all appliances to be plugged into an inverter which would behave like a generator and seemed a healthy alternative if only it cost half (if not less) as much as an islanding inverter! Even though it is expected that the price of an islanding inverter would be more competitive in the future so as to enable Tesla to sell more, today’s reality speaks differently.


Statistics conservatively suggest that Australia has seen power outages almost only once in three years so far, which speaks volume of how well grid-electricity works in the country. This also indirectly means that millions of dollars need not be spent on acquiring the islanding inverter. For now we can very well do with its cheaper counterpart or a generator. And in case you would prefer saving even those dollars for an expensive a-la-carte at one of the flamboyant restaurants in the suburbs, your priorities are already set!

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Commercialization of Solar Power


We’ve heard of interesting stories and inspirations behind the most remarkable breakthroughs in the world of science and discovery, and few of them may just be Plants along with Spaghetti and Meatballs.

Yes that’s right, the same stuff you probably had for dinner last night, is what the UCLA scientists have used to explain their version of solar storage technology.

There have been recent proclamations that battery storage will make it possible to use renewable energy commercially in the near future. However, though less broadcasted, the solar storage technology may have even more far-reaching effects. A team for UCLA has published research about technology that will permit solar cells to store energy up to a number of weeks rather than a few micro-seconds.


The Inspiration

This technology as one of the senior co-authors of the research explains has been inspired from ancient storage masterminds; plants. As she says, plants segregate positive and negative charge which is the fundamental key. In the process of photosynthesis, when plants absorb sunlight, they use the minuscule structures within them to disperse the charges. They pull the electrons away from the positively charged part of the molecule and in this manner manage the separation.

Considering that the rapid segregation of charges is the principal element to ensure efficiency, the UCLA team is trying to develop a cheaper system using plastic cells instead of silicon, which would keep the charged particles apart for weeks. The reason they haven’t been able to achieve this earlier is because they did not know how to design the correct structures before. Once that’s achieved it’ll become easier to retain energy for a longer time.

The Model Explained

The press release from the UCLA describes the technology for explanatory purposes, as, ‘a plate of cooked pasta.’ It elucidates further that the plastic materials or organic photovoltaics are usually organized like a plate of cooked pasta; a disorganized group of long, skinny polymer (spaghetti) with randomly placed fullerene (meatballs).This is but an unreliable arrangement since the electrons sometimes hop back to the polymer and are lost in the process.

The UCLA technology proposed to have a tidier arrangement where there would be small bundles of sturdy spaghetti with precisely placed meatballs. While some of these meatballs will be placed inside the spaghetti, some of the fullerene will be placed outside. The ones inside the structure take the electrons and toss them to others. The fullerene outside the polymer can be useful in keeping the electrons away from the polymer for a long time.

Another senior co-author of the research has said that they did not have the materials assembled in an actual device just yet. But they are hopeful that once they manage this solution practically they will actually be at a firmer place.

So here we have one of the most ancient natural processes inspiring some great scientific progress that could completely change the face of the planet that we live on. If this model succeeds we will be able to commercially use solar power in the not so distant future. A huge scientific advancement based on the daily natural process. Doesn’t this remind you of Newton under the apple tree? Talk about history repeating itself!

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Micro-inverters vs. dc optimizers


If you are reading this, then probably you’re thinking to yourself which among the two is better for installation to serve your purpose while being cheaper and reliable. Through this article I will try to provide you insights on which of the two inverters you should go for depending on your necessity.

Microinverter Vs DC Optimizer

The most commonly and traditionally used inverters are the string inverters. They are widely used mainly because of their low cost and easy market availability. Though it poses some hurdles as the output is not optimized and reduces dramatically when temperature changes occur.

Ways of connecting a solar panel together

If you use a battery ready solar system and yours is an un-shaded roof, then the most convenient choice would be a conventional string system inverter.  But if yours is a multi-faceted roof then the conventional string inverter would not yield the optimum result and you are basically left with these two choices:


They are designed in such a way that they can be attached to every solar panel on your roof.  The current from these panels are converted and is transmitted at 240V AC from each micro-inverter which are connected in parallel. This connection is directly connected to the switch board for your utilization.


These are DC/DC converters which are connected to each PV module thus replacing the traditionally used solar junction box. They increase the energy output by constantly tracking the maximum power point (MPPT) connected to each module. The generated power is transmitted at a high DC voltage (200-550V DC) which is then converted by the inverter into AC

Pros and cons: Micro-Inverters VS. Power optimizers

We now have the basic knowledge about the functioning of these two systems. Here I will compare some of the key factors such as price, efficiency etc. to give you some more ideas as to which of these two will serve you better.


The price of an optimizer is lesser than that of a micro based system (including the inverter and DC protection gear) although recent technological advancements are closing the gap quickly.

Installation Cost

Micro inverters use plug and play connectors and are faster. On the other hand optimizers may require Dc cabling protection equipment on the roof.


Both micro inverters and power optimizers yield a marginally higher efficiency than string inverters as they optimize the panel output individually. The difference between these two is so minuscule that it’s not worth considering.


For larger commercial installation optimizers prove to be advantageous as larger string inverters get cheaper as they get bigger and ‘double optimizers’ can parallelly take input from two different panels and further provide more benefits.


In an optimizer based system if a single string of inverter fails, there is a shut down to the whole system and in adverse cases the strings go down too. Alternatively in a micro based system there’s no effect on the whole system and it continues to work even during the failure of one unit. This is because there is no single point of failure.


High voltage DC continues to be a threat while working with power optimizers. Whereas micro-inverters don’t allow the passage for DC. It is immediately converted to AC.

It’s clear that there’s no clear leader among the two. We’ll have to wait and watch what the technological advancements in the future has to offer.

I would like to conclude by saying if you are considering something of cheaper price then go for optimizers and if you are planning on a lifetime use then micro inverters should be your choice.

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Can the replacement of silver in solar cells make them cheaper?


Can the replacement of silver in solar cells make them cheaper?

Estimated data suggests that silver amounting to nearly 2.8 million ounces (per Gigawatts of solar panels) is used in the production of Solar panel.

The use of silver in the production of the solar cells results in high cost of production. This makes one think that if it were possible to produce solar cells without the use of silver by how much can we expect the cost to go down.

Silver has the highest thermal and electrical conductivity among all metals. Also it is one of the most reflective metals. These properties make it a precious raw material in most industries. And the solar cell production is a leading consumer of silver.

Solar cells in silver

Demand for Silver from the Solar Panel Industry

In the recent years, there has been considerable reduction in the price of the solar cells primarily due to the increase in the efficiency of their production. This has enabled the solar cells to become more affordable to the customers.

But silver still accounts for a huge portion of the total cost of the solar cells. It would be a great break through for the solar cells production industry if it is possible to completely eliminate the costly silver. It has the potential to make the solar cells a lot cheaper than what it is at present, making it readily purchasable for a wide range of consumers.

There indeed has been recent development in the endeavor to replace the costly metal with substance having similar properties yet being much cost effective. Major researchers have made the claim that their latest laser processing technology has the potential to completely eliminate the use of silver in solar cells.

Cost Reduction due to use of Silver

Although the numbers regarding the estimate of cost reduction is as yet undefined but it can easily be predicted to be quite a large amount. According to experts, the cost of silver comprises 30 percent of the price of solar cells. Being able to cut down on the above percentage would surely be a major revolution.

At this point in time all the details regarding the technology are not available. Dr. David Levy, director of research and technology, have made a decent attempt to keep it all very simple without giving away too much about the technology.

“With our patent submission yet to be completed, we are not comfortable about giving away details about the proposed structure. All the tests conducted by us suggest we are on the right path toward achieving very high efficiencies with manufacturing solutions that do not require complex process equipment and also low cost,” Dr. Levy said.

So it obviously gives rise to the question that how much reduction in the price of the solar cells can the elimination of silver bring about? The founder of SolarQuotes, Finn Peacock predicts a 10 percent decrease in the solar panel cost. We have to wait and see. But one thing we can say for sure that the future prospects of the use of silver in solar cells looks bleak.


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Solar power Brisbane – JULY 2015 Market update


All over the place… things are changing. The falling AUSSIE DOLLAR has finally seen prices starting to come back up from their crazy lows 3 months ago.

Brisbane solar companies:

However, some solar companies in Brisbane are advertising a 6kw solar system for $2000!! – That is off it’s head, and so far from the truth it’s not funny. You call them up and ask them about the $2000 deal and they soon tell you that you need to ‘pay for installation on top of that’ – making the system cost the same as all others advertised, but very clever and misleading marketing.


We have seen less micro inverter solar panels on the market also. Installers must have gotten the shits installing this stuff, especially on houses that don’t need it. It’s just too much work and too many inverters waiting to fail.

JFY inverters are starting to become a bit of a problem with their after-sale service. Growatt style.

We don’t know where to go for our Chinese inverter option, perhaps SMA Zeversolar (have they cleaned their act up?) or give Sungrow a go? Apparently the Sungrow Solar inverter is the most manufactured solar inverter to come out of China, but it has seldom been sold in Australia. however, it remains popular in the European market.

what else is going on?

The 6kw Jinko / German SMA inverter special package we have on sale for $5900 is still the most  popular, and rightly so. Fantastic JINKO Tier 1 solar panels, with an SMA Inverter, made in Germany accompanied with a 10 year Manufacturers warranty. You cannot go past this deal for a well-priced, affordable 6kw premium solar system sold in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

We are still seeing solar power companies in Brisbane head into receivership. I think in this industry, we will forever see it.


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