Posts by Jonathan

The Risks of Solar in NSW

Solaray Energy is one of the leading solar companies in Australia and we pride our selves on industry-leading installation standards and customer service. Unfortunately, not everyone in the industry has the customer as their first priority. From our first-hand experience, we have compiled a list of issues to watch out for when selecting a reputable solar installer. I’ve heard solar systems are a serious fire risk? Not if the installation is done correctly and you use good quality panels. The solar industry is heavily regulated, and installers that are members of the Clean Energy Council have strict rules by which
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Information about Solar Inverters

A solar power inverter converts D.C. power from the panels to 240V A.C. power that is used in the home. It is the working part of the system and it is imperative that you buy a good quality product. The inverter also monitors the performance of the solar system, and this is displayed either on a little LCD screen or via Bluetooth to your computer. Why is it so important to buy a good quality inverter? The inverter is the working part of the solar system and the way it performs ultimately determines how well your entire system performs. Despite
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Are micro inverters better than string inverters for solar PV systems?

Micro-Inverters are considered the next big thing for residential and commercial solar PV systems. There is no doubt that micro-inverters deliver improved output in most sites – especially when trees or other obstructions cast shade across an array of solar panels. Enphase Micro Inverters have quickly dropped in price on all sized solar systems, making the technology a viable option for almost all Solaray customers. What is a Micro-Inverter? A micro-inverter places a small DC to AC inverter on each panel, as opposed to one inverter for all panels (a string inverter), which means that each panel’s performance does not
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What Brand of Solar Panel is Best?

This is the question that our customers most often struggle with: “How do I select the right solar panel from the hundreds of different brands – whilst every salesman tells me theirs is the best?” The answer to this lies in doing a little bit of research – but this research can save you a lot of time and money in the long run. Selecting the right brand of solar panel really boils down to balancing the following issues: 1) Quality 2) Warranty & Support; and 3) Price Rather obviously, you won’t find any brand of panel that gets a
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Solar Prices post the 2013 Federal Election

We are often asked what the impact of the election will be on solar prices after September 7th. The answer is not necessarily a simple one but in essence we believe there will be no short term impact due to government rebates (via the Renewable Energy Target – RET – and STC system) and therefore solar prices. The falling Australian Dollar is of much more immediate concern when looking at our solar costs. However, the Coalition have announced that they will review the RET in 2014 (despite it being reviewed in 2012 with supposedly bi-partisan support). Although these reviews will,
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Solar revolution led by outer suburbs

Households across the country are putting solar panels on their roofs at a rate that has exceeded all expectations. This year we hit 1 million rooftops with photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, up from just 8,000 in 2007. This means that a staggering 2.6 million Australians, 11% of the population, are now using the sun to power their homes. The solar energy revolution is being led in suburbs and towns like Dubbo and Campbelltown in NSW, Bundaberg in Queensland, Hoppers Crossing in Melbourne, and Mandurah in Western Australia. This increase is being driven by ordinary Australians. It is the modest outer
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SolarWorld modules receive top grade in PV+Test

Not all Solar Panels are the same – and in fact there can be big differences in performance between panels with similar specifications. It pays to ensure the panels you buy not only perform as they should but also that they will continue to do so over an extended period of time. When it comes to selecting a module manufacturer, investment security acts as a decisive factor. In order to provide orientation during this selection process, Solarpraxis AG together with TÜV Rheinland introduced the comparison test “PV+Test”. This test answers the question as to how reliably a module achieves the
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