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Solar Industry Under Threat Again

Posted by SolarGreen on 11 May 2015

The following solar update was provided by the Australian Solar Council on Monday 11th of May, 2015.


On Friday, the Abbott Government threw the solar industry back into turmoil by backing two yearly reviews of the Renewable Energy Target.

This is devastating.

The next RET Review will start in 7 months time!

After 3 RET reviews in 3 years, they want another review in 7 months!

That will devastate every solar business and every solar worker in Australia.

Household solar, commercial solar and big solar completely uncertain once again.

We must stop this from happening.

Please send an e-mail NOW to:

greg.hunt.mp@aph.gov.au [Environment Minister]
ian.macfarlane.mp@aph.gov.au [Industry Minister]
mark.butler.mp@aph.gov.au  [Opposition Environment spokesman]
gary.gray.mp@aph.gov.au [Opposition Industry spokesman]

Key Messages: We've had 3 RET Reviews in 3 years. We don't want any more. Another RET Review will destroy Australia's solar industry, hurting 5,000 small businesses and harming 18,000 solar workers.

You might want to remind Ian Macfarlane that he said this on 27 February "I've offered...a guarantee that this will be the last [RET] review before 2020".

This is deadly serious.

Make no mistake, if the Government proceeds with 2 yearly RET Reviews, the Australian Solar Council will campaign against the Government in the 20 most marginal seats across Australia.

Please send these e-mails NOW and contact your local Federal Member of Parliament.

 

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Are all Solar Systems the same?

Posted by SolarGreen on 4 February 2015

The thing we hear from a lot of people is "Solar is solar. What difference does it make?"

It makes a huge difference. 

If you buy an LCD television from a reputable company with a good history, you would expect that you will pay for the quality, backing and service that comes with a good brand; it is the same with solar power.
You are not just paying for the Solar Panels, or even the inverter.  You are paying for:

  • Rooftop isolators, so your solar system system doesn't set your house on fire if there is a fault with something
  • Specialized racking and support, so the panels are not sitting directly on your roof and have good air flow.  So your roof does not leak or go rusty over time
  • Quality wiring to your inverter so the power conversion is the best it can be
  • Meter upgrades when required
  • Strong performance from a system well designed for a specific physical location; not all locations are ideal for solar power.
  • Follow up service.

You should always look for quality when purchasing anything electrical. 

As the old saying goes - 'If you are being offered something that seems too good to be true, it probably is!'

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Why should I get Solar Power?

Posted by SolarGreen on 26 January 2015

This is a question we are asked daily - "why get Solar Power?". The answer is easy.

  • It is helping our environment;
  • it is helping to slow the effects on global warming and the consequences of traditional fossil fuel energy sources. 
  • Most of all, it will save you money!

It is easy to work out what size solar power system will most help you reduce your power bill.  No matter who is your electricity retailer, they all provide a graph of your usage on their bills.  That graph has all the information you need to work out what size Solar System you need!  The graph will tell you how many kilowatt hours of power per day you are currently drawing/using from the grid. It could be 15kwH, it may be 54kwH - it will differ for every home and circumstance.  Whatever that figure, that is the production rate of Solar Power you should aim for to reduce your power bill.

If you use 25kwH per day, you need to be looking at a 5Kw Solar Power system to reduce your energy bills substantially!  It really is that easy.  Solar Power systems are not the only way you can reduce your power bill. Grid connected Solar Power is just one of the ways SolarGreen can help reduce your energy costs.  We are holistic about renewable energy and constantly strive toward better and more cost effective ways to reduce your power bill, your energy consumption, and to aid you in reducing your Carbon Footprint.

Solar Power is Easy!

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Increases to electricity pricing

Posted on 28 July 2014
At the start of July, energy providers announced that there would be significant increases to electricity pricing. For example, AGL Energy announced that they would be introducing the following tariff increases effective from July 15, 2014:

5% increase to their Peak tariff
16% increase to their Off-Peak tariff
66% increase in Supply Charge

What does this mean for the average household?

  • A 13.6% total increase to the average power bill*
  • The average Australian will be $190 extra out-of-pocket*

Whilst it is likely that prices may be reduced slightly with the removal of the carbon tax, we will have to wait and see how energy providers approach this change. Regardless of the outcome, energy will continue to rise and there is no better time than now to evaluate your energy usage. If you would like carry out a review of your household's electricity usage - SolarGreen is offering a FREE Energy Audit to all residents in SE Queensland & Northern NSW. All you need to do is follow this link to our assessment tool - www.solargreen.com.au/energy-audit.

For any other enquiries about ways of saving energy, feel free to Contact Us today!

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Helpful energy saving tips for winter!

Posted by SolarGreen on 25 June 2014

SolarGreen has developed the following list of helpful hints and tips for all Australian families to consider for the upcoming colder months.

Don’t overheat your home

  • Keep your thermostat set to 20ºC in winter. You shouldn't need it any warmer than this.
  • Program your heater’s thermostat so it only works when you need it. You can buy an affordable timer from any hardware store.
  • Consider installing a reverse cycle solar air conditioning system and save up to 50% of your running costs.
  • Think about what you're wearing before turning on your heater. If you're not wearing a jumper, pants and socks then you probably don't need your heater on at all!

FACT: Turning your thermostat down by 2ºC you could reduce your energy bill by up to $150 per year.*

Keep the heat in your home & don't let it escape

  • By closing all doors to rooms that you do not need to use, you could save up to $60 a year*.
  • Seal draughts and gaps around external doors and windows and save up to $40 a year*.
  • Keep curtains and external blinds closed at night and on cloudy days to keep the cold out.
  • Open curtains when the sun is shining, especially for windows facing north.
  • Consider installing double glazed windows
  • Installing or topping up your home insulation will keep you both warmer in winter and cooler in summer. By doing so will reduce your heating and air-conditioning costs, and could save you up to $350 a year.* Click here to read about SolarGreen's insulation products.

FACT: Up to 35% of your home’s heat can escape through doors, windows, walls and ceilings.

Use hot water wisely

  • Wash clothes in cold water and you will save considerable amounts of energy.
  • Fix any leaking hot taps and you’ll save both energy and water.
  • Avoid rinsing dishes under running hot water. Scrape your plates first and then use a plug in the sink to wash your dishes.
  • If you don't already have a front-loading washing machine, consider investing in one. They use less energy and less water than top loading machines.
  • Consider installing solar hot water to significantly reduce your hot water costs.
  • Reduce your shower time! By reducing the time spent in the shower from 7 minutes to 4 minutes could save up to 13,800 litres of water each year and a considerable amount of money.*
  • Install a 3 star showerhead and the average household can save up to $150 a year.*

FACT:  Installing a solar hot water system can reduce your hot water costs by up to 90%. Find out more!

*www.SaveEnergy.vic.gov.au 

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