Posts by Jonathan

Energy Storage is the New Black. Part 2

It wasn’t me that made up that line – although I wish I had. It was Environment Minister Greg Hunt at the recent All-Energy conference in Melbourne, although I’m not sure whether he made it up himself. Whatever, the fact is that wherever you turn these days, all you will often hear about is Solar Batteries and Energy Management. There is good reason for this – we are by all accounts on the verge of a Storage Revolution that is going to change the way many of us buy and use energy –  even if today battery storage is not
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A Solar Review – One Year On

With the number of solar systems we install these days, it is really hard to keep up with how the legacy systems are all performing (not with Enphase or SolarEdge Systems, though – we know exactly how each and every one of those is going). So it’s great to get an email like the one below showing that our customers do get what we promise and that we only promise what we can deliver: “Hello Peter, You installed a Solar system for us in February 2014. I am pleased to say that I am very happy with the system and its
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The All Energy Conference 2015 – Exciting Times are Ahead

The All Energy Exhibition and Conference is Australia’s largest and most comprehensive Clean & Renewable Energy Exhibition. The buzz at the conference was incredible, it was a totally different mood to even just three months ago. The political environment has changed, it was upbeat and there is a new sense of excitement with so many new products soon to hit the Australian market; in particular energy management, storage and small-scale wind. Australia: Your Solar Future is Looking Bright Australia has seen a massive uptake of solar with over 1.4 million households now powered by a solar system. But there is
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“Energy Storage is the new black”, Greg Hunt at All Energy Conference

The All Energy conference is on in Melbourne this week, the most comprehensive clean & renewable energy event in Australia. We are excited by what the future has in store for renewable energy in Australia with news releases from Enphase, SMA ABB and other big players in the energy storage sector. But it was Greg Hunt who stole the show today, boldly declaring that “we need our politics to keep up with our people” and that “storage is the new black.” This change in mood at a federal level is great news for the solar industry as we head into
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Another step closer to deliveries of the Tesla Powerwall 1

Tesla has recently announced that Australia will be one of the first countries in the world to get the new Powerwall, a 7kWh home battery that is set to revolutionise the way Australian households use energy. This continues to cause a stir down under, and their high profile is doing wonders for the solar and storage industry. By ramping up production, the industry is set to see the cost of storage plummet over the coming years, to the point where storage becomes mainstream like solar power is today. What is the Tesla Powerwall Battery? The highly anticipated lithium-ion battery will
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The Q Cells Q.Pro G4 is a Game Changer

Q Cells, the leading solar manufacturer in Europe, have recently released their new Q.Pro G4.1 265W panel in Australia. It is the result of the continued evolution of the award-winning Q.Pro range of panels that consistently ranks as the best polycrystalline panel globally. The Q Cells Q.Pro G4 265W module now ranks as our Number One panel for residential installations. Photon Test Winner The Q.Pro range has ranked as the number one polycrystalline panel in the Photon Module Yield Tests two years running. With 174 of the top solar panels tested, this result is an incredible achievement for a panel
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Great News For Solar Power In Australia

The Australian Labor Party has announced today that they will take a target of 50% renewable energy by 2030 to the next election. This is great news for renewable energy in Australia and more specifically for residential solar power, which is set to play a key role in Australia’s energy mix over the coming decades. Renewable Energy has been in the spotlight of late, however, Abbott government’s ideological opposition to renewable energy could now end up costing it votes at the next federal election. With over 12 months of uncertainty surrounding the future of residential solar rebates, today is a
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Enphase Storage Solution in 2015 creates ‘Endless Possibilities’ for Solaray Energy

Enphase is the world’s largest and leading manufacturer of Solar Micro Inverters, and since Enphase set up camp here in Australia 18 months ago, Solaray Energy has partnered Enphase to quickly become the largest installer of Enphase Micro Inverter Systems in NSW. Since then, Enphase has been working on some big plans for the Australian Solar Market, with the release of the successful M250 4th generation microinverter, and now the sky is the limit with storage solutions just around the corner. These plans involve an AC Battery, a compact and modular plug-and-play energy storage system, which will be used with
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