Monthly Archives July 2019

What are Volts, Watts, kW and kWh? – Beginners Guide To Conversions

One of the confusing things about choosing a solar or battery system can often be the terminology and electrical terms used. Whilst most of these are simple, for those of us who aren’t electricians or in the electrical industry, it is hard to remember what we were taught at school, assuming we were even listening. When deciding whether or not to buy a solar system, there are some terms you really should understand (like kilowatts, for example) and there are others you might be interested in that may only help a little to know. We are going to cover off
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Solar Panel Roof Tiles – Everything You Need To Know

Since Tesla announced their range of solar panel roof tiles and their vision of a fully integrated solar roof in 2016, we are often asked about the pros and cons of this new technology. We have had a look at many of the major brands and solar panel roof tiles, including those from  Tesla, Monier, and Tractile and have put our findings below. Here’s everything you need to know about solar roof tiles. What are solar tiles?  Solar tiles are roof tiles that work as solar panels. They have all the functions of roof tiles like waterproofing your home, while
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The Solar Feed in Tariff (FiT) NSW – Rates and Guide

What is the Solar Feed In Tariff? The Feed In Tariff is the price your chosen energy retailer pays for any excess electricity generated from your solar panels.  In NSW, solar power is fed into your home as it is generated and your household will use it first before you draw power from the grid. This means that for every kWh of solar power used in the home you are directly saving money you’d spend on your power bill. This reduction in your power bill is the main financial benefit of solar power. Everything else will be bought up at
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Does Solar Power Work in Winter?

Can you really use solar power for heating? Doesn’t the arrival of winter make solar power impossible to use?  Many think that your solar panels will work best in the summer. They envision the need for a blazing hot sun to power the panels. And when the winter comes, they assume they’ll need to rely on traditional suppliers for their energy needs. That’s a myth. Solar panels in Australia are effective all year round. The truth is that you can maintain high solar output in winter. Does Solar Power Work in Winter? The simple answer is yes. The common mistake
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Watch Out For ‘Battery Trials’ and Other Scams

It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book. Promote a product by promising to be part of a ‘Trial’ at a discounted rate in return for providing feedback, data or access to the performance of the system. ‘Subsidised Trial’, ‘Testing Phase’, ‘Battery Program’, ‘Group Testing’ and so on. Yeah, right…. And we have seen this dodgy sales technique being used around Australia over the last few years to sell solar batteries, often at inflated prices, by companies using high-pressure sales practices. Unsuspecting customers who already have solar panels installed receive letters in the mail with offers that sound fantastic
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The real story behind ‘free’ Solar – PPA, Lease and Loans

Maybe you’ve heard from a friend about a free solar panel offer.  Your electricity company normally charges you for every kWh of electricity that you use plus a service charge. You’ll receive a regular bill for that service from your energy retailer.  Power prices are rising every single year and it can seem like there’s nothing you can do about it. Even if you change supplier, you’re going to face the same problem. So it can be tempting to go straight for that free solar panel offer, whether it’s a No-Interest Repayment Plan,  PPA or other financing option. Is it
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Price of a 15kW Solar System: All The Key Numbers

The price of a fully installed 15kW solar power system in NSW has fallen dramatically in recent years, and government incentives are still available. A good quality 15kW solar power system starts at around $12,000 to $14,000 fully installed, including a European-made inverter such as the SMA Tri Power, premium tier-one solar panels such as Trina Honey Plus 310W modules and a standard installation (ie. no cherry pickers etc). It is important to remember that with solar panels you generally get what you pay for, and most of our customers choose high-efficiency panels from manufacturers such as LG Solar. It is
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2kW Solar System Price: Case Study for Sydney

A 2kW solar system in Sydney is a great sized solar system for a small-sized home with a limited roof space. There are a number of households that will not suit a 2kW system, more information is available on that here: 4 reasons not to buy a 2kW solar system. A 2kW system typically has a 6-7 panel array and can save you up to around $200 a quarterly power bill if all of the solar power is used in the home. As solar prices continue to fall, it is now possible to get a return on your money in
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