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    This week in solar: surf parks and zoos go solar, and more

    This week in solar: surf parks and zoos go solar, and more

    1. All Energy Conference

    This October, Melbourne hosted the All Energy Australia Exhibition and Conference with leading companies in the clean energy sector. We met up with exhibitors and speakers to get a glimpse at the newest renewables-based technologies on offer for residents and businesses across Australia.

    2. Australia’s main grid reaches 50 per cent renewables for first time

    Rooftop solar provided nearly half the renewables output, or 23.7 per cent, followed by wind (15.7 per cent), large-scale solar (8.8 per cent) and hydro just 1.9 per cent.

    3. Australia’s first urban surf park seeks power from wind and solar

    The Tullamarine surf park already has solar panels installed across the facility’s buildings – including a surf academy, an all-day restaurant and a surf shop – to help minimise their grid power usage.

    4. Best and brightest: CEC Solar Awards winners for 2019

    GEM Energy principal electrician Christopher Hackett says the brief for this job was simple: “We have been awarded the Australia Zoo Project…Delivering this project on the roof of the café and Crocoseum using entirely in-house resources meant we had control of quality from engineering stage all the way through to commissioning.”

    5. Rooftop solar smashes Australia installation record in October

    “The national market smashes its previous record, and rises above the plateau we’ve been experiencing for the past 12 months,” says Warwick Johnston, the director of industry statistician Sunwiz.

    6. Solar carpark to cover shopping center’s energy needs

    As more and more shopping centres across Australia starts to utilise solar PV atop their premises, carparks are becoming increasingly popular amid a lack of rooftop space.

    7. Evergen is offering its solar system for free to eligible Queenslanders through the Energex HEMS pilot program

    The HEMS pilot program includes panels and battery storage installation by Evergen, as well as Evergen’s intelligent energy management system, developed in partnership with the CSIRO, which optimises the performance of solar and battery systems to reduce grid energy consumption.

    8. This solar farm has to switch off every second day due to negative prices

    The sight of wind and solar farms being switched off when wholesale electricity prices fall into negative territory has become increasingly common over the last few months, particularly in Queensland and South Australia.

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    All Energy Conference

    All Energy crowd

    This October, Melbourne hosted the All Energy Australia Exhibition and Conference with leading companies in the clean energy sector. We met up with exhibitors and speakers to get a glimpse at the newest renewables-based technologies on offer for residents and businesses across Australia.

    All Energy Showcase For Consumers

    Peter from SolarEdge showcased the latest residential inverter solar products, boasting that their products offer higher outputs and better returns for homeowners. Their products are able to integrate battery storage, energy management, and full access to an internet monitoring portal to see what your system is producing.

    Sebastian presented the newest technology from Fronius. On display was the Fronius Primer Gen24 solar inverter. While known for their solar power inverters, in their 76 Fronius has also grown to do welding, machines, and battery charging. Fronius assures homeowners that if they have an existing solar system, the Primer Gen24, and other Fronius products, can be added to your existing system.

    Fronius Inverter

    Matthew from Proa presented his Australian solar forecasting company. Proa provides operational forecasting services to large-scale solar farms across Australia.

    Chris from Solar Proof offered a software for solar retailers to run a solar analysis and provide roof top images. He said that his software could “run a full simulation and financial projection for solar systems” which help customers get an accurate understanding of what a solar system will provide for their home.

    Manfred presented the latest technology from Solar Analytics: a way of measuring the performance of your solar unit. While 1.5 million Australian households make use of solar systems, 50% of solar power systems underperform. Solar Analytic’s solution is an app you can use to monitor your system’s capacity against data gleamed from your local whether forecast.

    Solar Analytics

    Tim from GreenTech introduced his company as “your renewable energy partner”. GreenTech is the largest wholesale network of solar and electrical products across Australia “with 21 localised branches to service your daily needs”.

    Tim from GreenTech

    LG Energy demonstrated their 25 year product warranty, noting that most industry standard companies only offer 12 years. LG’s warranty is also desirable as product warranties guarantee repairs or replacements for 25 years of a product’s life. Most company’s offer performance warranties, which are difficult for consumers to claim. A spokesperson noted that under a 25 year product warranty, “if anything goes wrong, we will replace the panel and also pay for the labour”.

    LG Warranty

    All Energy Showcase For Installers

    Meredith from the Clean Energy Council promoted membership offerings aimed at making renewable energy solutions more accessible for installers, consumers and manufacturers in Australia’s solar industry. Also on offer is CEC’s accredited installer program, which solar installers can join to assess their work against quality controlled industry standards. CEC also brought their products team to reveal their testing and compliance processes to maintain their approved products certificate.

    Tesla promoted the benefits of becoming a Tesla certified installer. These include the constant supply of stock, ongoing training and on-boarding, as well as technical support. This means that if an installer company is on site and in need of assistance, they can call Tesla directly and have support delivered to them on site if required. Solar retailers with Telsa will be the first to hear about marketing updates, and be provided with marketing materials and assets.

    Tesla also offers direct channels to consumers. This means you can order solar products through Tesla, and have the Tesla team install them on your property, as an alternative to using a Tesla-certified partner installer. Tesla used the All Energy conference to demonstrate two products: the Tesla Powerwall battery for residential properties, and the Tesla Powerpack for commercial battery use.

    New Technologies at All Energy

    Sean from LG Energy showed off the newest solar-powered car roof for Hyundai motors electric cars. This product is currently only available in Korea and the US. While the solar roof won’t make Hyundai solar cars 100% free of charge, it is a huge step towards producing vehicles that operate on clean energy.

    LG solar car roof

     

    Geizer from Clenergy showcased the exciting new ezShade, a solar panel topped car port designed to charge electric vehicles. The product comes in both single and double car space sizes. The car port comes with black LG NeON photovoltaic panels.

    Clenergy's ezShade

    So, that was a summary of the most interesting products and services showcased at All Energy 2019. We had a lot of fun speaking with leaders and innovators in the Renewables industry, and we will be excited to do it again in the future.

     

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    This week in solar: solar car park, ‘net zero’ housing, and more

    This Week In Solar

    1. Townsville’s Willows Shopping Centre gets a cool new solar car park

    For large retailers and councils around Australia, solar-shaded parking can dial up the welcome to customers. Dexus has weighed the benefits against the cost of one massive solar installation over molten summer tarmac and come out in favour of rooftop PV.

    2. Queensland must rapidly ditch coal-fired power to meet Australia’s emission targets, report finds

    The report noted that while renewables made up only 7 per cent of Queensland power in 2017, this share could rise to 35 per cent in 2020 if all new solar projects, projected new solar households and a 400 MW renewable energy tender worked out.

    3. City of Sydney launches $60 million green energy deal

    Following its commitment to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2020, the City of Sydney has unveiled the biggest standalone renewables deal for an Australian council.

    4. Mirvac set to build net zero energy Melbourne community with ARENA backing

    The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced that it is set to fund Mirvac to the tune of $784,000 to enable the property developer to trial its master-planned ‘net zero energy’ housing estate in the Melbourne suburb of Altona North.

    5. Jinko launches 460W “Tiger” solar module in Australia

    JinkoSolar has launched a new, high efficiency solar panel onto the Australian market, offering up 460W generation capacity, and a module efficiency of just over 20 per cent.

    6. Sydney Opera House commits to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    The Sydney Opera House has launched an update to its Environmental Action Plan, that will see the building target a 6-star Green Star performance rating, up from its current 5-star rating, to eliminate the use of single-use plastic packaging from all venues, and source its power from renewable sources.

    7. NSW, Canberra finally wake up to grid needs ahead of Liddell coal closure

    The NSW and Commonwealth governments have finally woken up to the need for more transmission in Australia’s main grid, announcing a joint contribution of $102 million to ensure that an upgrade to the link between NSW and Queensland is completed before the planned closure of the Liddell coal generator in 2023.

    8. Queensland’s grows its PV fleet as another solar farm gets connection go-ahead

    One of Queensland’s largest solar developments near Miles has signed up to connect to the state’s publicly-owned electricity grid.

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    This Week in Solar: solar beats coal, solar glass, and more

    This week in solar: solar beats coal, costs fall

    1. I Want To Install Solar But I Need Help Finding A Good Solar Installer In My Area

    Once you know that you want to install solar, you still need to find a good solar installer in your area. And that can be difficult. There are a lot of solar companies out there, and it is important to consider the quality of their work and how that will translate to an installation for your home.

    2. Wind and solar output beat brown coal in Australia for first time in September quarter

    “July to September 2019 was the first quarter ever where wind and solar (utility-scale plus rooftop) in the National Electricity Market generated more electricity than brown coal,” says Energy Synapse managing director Marija Petkovic.

    3. Australian solar glass technology tapped for off-grid greenhouse trial

    Australian clear solar glass technology will be used in the construction of a demonstration “self-sustaining,” off-grid greenhouse in Israel, as part of a joint pitch to the global sustainable agriculture market.

    4. NSW offers low-income solar homes as City of Sydney inks renewables deal

    The government’s $15 million Solar for Low Income Households trial will provide 3000 eligible homes in five parts of the state – including southern Sydney – with free systems up to 3 kilowatts of capacity each.

    5. Do I detect a hint of sunlight? Australia’s wineries harvest solar energy

    Electricity is the single biggest cost incurred in the winemaking process. Looking to save on bills, and save the environment, wineries across Australia are rapidly up-taking solar PV.

    6. Melbourne shared solar start-up scales up with manufacturing deal

    Melbourne-based start-up Allume Energy has inked a deal to boost the manufacture of its behind-the-meter solar sharing technology that promises to unlock the benefits of cheap PV generation for apartment dwellers.

    7. Distributed solar to lead global renewables surge, as costs fall another third

    The Renewables 2019 report from the IEA, however, says solar will drive a 50 per cent leap in overall renewable energy investment over the next five years –  to some 1,200GW, or the equivalent of the entire US power grid. It could add much more, around 1,500GW, but only if policy-makers and rule makers catch up with the potential.

    8. Solar households to face hit from zero prices

    Many of the 2.2 million households with rooftop solar panels may need to brace for bill shock as negative or zero wholesale prices slash their payments for the surplus electricity fed into the grid.

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    I Want To Install Solar But I Need Help Finding A Good Solar Installer In My Area

    I Need Help Finding A Good Solar Installer

    Once you know that you want to install solar, you still need to find a good solar installer in your area. And that can be difficult. There are a lot of solar companies out there, and it is important to consider the quality of their work and how that will translate to an installation for your home.

    How Can You Find a Solar Installer?

    You can start by asking friends and family. If there’s someone you know who just got their solar installed, ask for their recommendation. Customers know whether they got good service, and word-of-mouth is an excellent way to begin your search. But what if you don’t know anyone who has invested in a solar installation?

    If that’s the case, you need to start with Google. Through Google, you can find installers in your area, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re good. You want to check their reviews. Check online to see whether there are complaints against them, and look at their social media accounts and blog to see whether they seem to be knowledgeable and reliable.

    A complaint or two isn’t necessarily the end of the world. Every business has one or two upset customers. But if the business didn’t respond to complaints in a professional manner, that’s a red flag.

    Talking to Solar Installers

    Once you’ have an idea of what’s available in your area, it’s time to talk to installers and get some quotes. When talking to installers, keep in mind that not all solar services are going to be made equal. Some of them are going to have more services than others, such as free maintenance for a certain period of time, or a longer warranty.

    Ask your installer questions about where they source their products and what type of products they have. You may want more than just solar panels: you may also want batteries, inverters, and other types of products. Your solar panel installer should be able to walk you through what’s available and discuss how this could impact your installation.

    Check the websites for these companies and whether they have a significant presence. Ask about their certifications and make sure their certifications are up-to-date.

    Comparing Quotes for Installers

    A solar installation can be expensive. Depending on what you want, it could be a few thousand dollars, or over ten thousand dollars. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to get multiple quotes from competing companies. While you don’t necessarily want the cheapest quote, you do want a quote that is reasonable.

    When it comes to solar installation, a cheap quote is usually taking money from something important, such as safety standards, or installation. If there’s a quote for solar installation that’s wildly cheaper than any other quote, it’s probably not a good deal — it’s probably faulty equipment.

    More expensive quotes are usually expensive for a reason, such as the longer warranties mentioned before. Ask each installer what goes into their quotes, and they may be able to find ways to reduce your costs.

    Making a Final Decision

    Before you decide on a solar installer, ask if they have any references. Often, they should have a reference or two from a great installation that they did, or they should be able to point you towards their testimonials online.

    There are many startups in the solar power industry. These aren’t necessarily bad, they’re just untested. You can have a great solar startup, but you need to have some evidence that they do good work, and that they do safe work. That’s where testimonials come in. If a company doesn’t have a lot of reviews online, you need to ask for references.

    At the end of the day, finding a good solar installer is a lot like finding any type of good contractor. You need to make sure they have a good reputation, that they aren’t billing you too much money, and that they’re going to be reliable. The best way you can do that is to look up research on your own, and to ask them for more information about their company and their process.

    Next Step: Get a Quote from our Network of Trusted Solar Installers

    Solar Trust Centre is dedicated to educating Australian consumers about solar. We have a network of trusted solar dealers ready to give you a quote.

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    This Week in Solar: solar race, recycling, and more

    21-OCT-STC

    1. I Want to Install Solar But I Don’t Know How Much to Spend

    It’s hard to know how much to spend for a solar installation. There’s a huge spectrum between the cheapest systems and the most expensive systems. How do you know that you’re not paying too much?

    2. Old and new challenges at Bridgestone World Solar Challenge

    The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge (BWSC) has kicked off this week gathering teams of students from around the world looking to push the boundaries of technological innovation and travel 3,000km across a challenging landscape from Darwin to Adelaide in solar-powered vehicles. This year’s event featured 53 entrants from 23 countries, including seven from Australia.

    3. Victorian researchers claim solar recycling breakthrough that’s a win for batteries, too

    Australian researchers claim to have discovered the “holy grail” of solar PV recycling, by finding a way to extract silicon from discarded panels and repurpose it for use in the next big thing in low carbon energy generation and transport – lithium-ion batteries.

    4. Lord Howe Island to build renewable energy microgrid

    An integrated solar and storage system, purposely designed for a small and remote location, will be built on the World Heritage-listed island, located in the Tasman Sea 700km north-east of Sydney.

    5. Q Cells launches fully integrated residential solar power system

    8. Queensland solar charging the state

    Queensland solar panels can now produce twice as much electricity as the state’s biggest power station. “More than 560,000 Queensland roofs now sport solar systems, and 30 solar farms are now generating across the state,” Dr Lynham said.

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    Quality Australian Solar installers

    LG solar installers do more than just sell and install solar panels. They back each other up, and help deliver a premium service accross Australia. Here's a list of our friends in other regions.

    Get solar panels in VIC

    Solar InstallerOwner/Director
    GLEN CLARK & CO
    2/84 Bayfield Road East, Bayswater, VIC, 3153
    Glen Clark
    G-STORE
    1095 Dandenong Rd East Malvern VIC 3145
    Matthew Russell
    TOTAL SOLAR SOLUTIONS
    U7 No. 33-39 Corporate Blvd, Bayswater, VIC, 3154
    Reece Kennedy
    Sunergy Solar
    301 Eaglehawk Road, California Gully VIC 3556
    Tony Smith
    Pacific Solar
    Mailing address: PO Box 7236, Brighton Victoria 3186 Melbourne office: 47 Magnolia Rd Gardenvale Vic 3185 South Coast NSW office: 18 Golf Circuit, Tura Beach NSW 2548
    Austin Vaughan
    Urban Renewables
    Factory 7/1-3 Bricker Street, Cheltenham VIC 3192
    Adrian Cole
    Ballarat Solar & Electrical
    Suite 2, 34A Doveton Street North, Ballarat VIC 3350
    Sanjeev Srinivasan
    SUPPLYING ELECTRICAL SERVICES (Solarhub -Melb)
    6 Longview Court, Thomastown VIC 3074
    Stephen Senarath
    Solar Integrity
    3/8 Premier Cl, Wodonga VIC 3690
    Brett Emo
    EUAN ANGUS SOLAR
    97 Macedon Road, Lower Templestowe, Victoria, 3107
    Euan Angus
    GEELONG SOALR
    27 Nobility st Moolap, VIC 3224
    Steve Moriarty
    SOLAR CHARGE
    5/ 810-818 Princes Hwy, Springvale, 3171
    Rajender Ranganathan
    Priority One Trade Services (N Group)
    65 Watt Road, Mornington VIC 3931
    Mark Nicholson
    COVE Technologies
    13 Conway St, Mount Eliza VIC 3930
    Vernon
    Island Energy VIC S.E.C Electrical Pty Ltd
    Unit 3 64-66 Genista Street, San Remo VIC 3925
    Mark Cleverly
    East Gippsland Solar
    619 Main St, Bairnsdale VIC
    Grant Templar
    Solargain - Melbourne
    Unit 7, 88 Dynon Road, West Melbourne VIC 3003
    Solargain - Wangaratta
    23-49 Parfitt Road, Wangaratta VIC 3676
    Bryn Foletta
    Solargain - Warrnambool
    Shed 16B, 22 Walsh Road, Warrnambool VIC 3280
    Gary Opperman
    Energy Australia
    Level 29, 385 Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
    David Nicholas (3 8628 1444) Catherine Dunn (3 9976 8670)
    Lumenaus Solar & Battery Systems
    98 Hattam St, Bendigo VIC 3550
    Michael Califano
    Compleat Electrics
    26 Jellico Drive, Scoresby VIC 3179
    Warren Cole
    DESA AUSTRALIA PTY LTD T/A- ENGIE SERVICES
    171 Grange Road, Fairfield VIC 3078
    Florian Richard
    Solar Tactics
    39 Avenview Drive, Narre Warren North VIC 3804
    Dennison Hawes
    Clarky's Electrical/Impressed Solar Solutions
    70 Church Street, Wodonga VIC 3690
    Anthony Clark

    Get solar panels in NSW

    Solar InstallerOwner/Director
    Solarhub/Smart Renewables
    Unit 2/157 Flemington road Mitchell 2911 - Head office 1/3 Pelle St, Mitchell, ACT, 2911 - Warehouse 2 Kylie Cres, Batemans Bay 2536 - New Office
    Benn Masters
    HCB Solar
    107 Mitchell Road, Cardiff NSW 2285
    Michael Haggerston Logan Haggerston
    Solarmad
    Unit 1, 26-28 Bridge Road, Griffith, NSW, 2680
    Brian O'Sullivan Darren Madison
    Solaray
    Unit 13, 9 Kilto Crescent, Glendenning NSW 2761
    Jonathan Fisk
    Superior Solar
    2/10 Enterprise Close, West Gosford, NSW, 2250
    Derek Woods
    Solarpro
    Unit 9, 252 Allambie Road, Allambie Heights NSW 2100
    David Veal
    Soltek Energy
    B1, 27-29 Fariola St, Silverwater NSW 2128
    Damien Slaven
    MPV Group
    Unit 6, 43-51 College St Gladesville, NSW, 2111
    Matt Vella
    Solarwise Wagga
    3/23 Nagle Street, Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650
    Alex Manley
    E-Smart Solar
    49 White Cross Road, Winmalee, NSW 2777
    Dean Edmonds
    Solar Bright
    11 Progress Circuit Prestons, NSW, 2170
    Paul Yako
    New England Solar
    110 Taylor Street, Armidale, NSW, 2350
    Rob Taber
    Mackie Electric & Refrigeration
    LOT 3\40C MULDOON STREET, Taree, NSW, 2430
    Mark Hardy
    Solar Powered Homes
    61 Maccues Road, Moonee Beach, NSW, 2450
    Brett Randall
    Juno Energy
    Postal address - PO Box 672, Byron Bay NSW 2481 Office - Office 8, 20/1 Porter St, Byron Bay NSW 2481 Delivery - Unit 4/7 Brigantine St, Byron Bay, NSW 2481
    Patrick Halliday
    Puregen Energy
    13 Barons Cres, Hunters Hill NSW 2110
    Vincent Moran
    Eco Energy & Solar Solutions
    1009 Armidale Road, Nemingha, Tamworth, NSW, 2340
    Paul Hofman
    Thirroul Solar
    PO Box 115, Thirroul NSW 2515 4/7 Pioneer Rd Bellambi NSW 2518
    Johaan Fleury
    Solarco & Climate King
    12 Peisley St Orange NSW 2800
    Gerald Kearney
    South Coast Solar Solutions
    11 Tartarian Crecent, Bomaderry, NSW, 2541
    Michael Orford
    Snowy Regional Solar
    2/19 McLure Circuit, Jindabyne, NSW, 2627
    Russelll Vine
    Redfern Power Solutions
    66 Lee St, Wellington NSW 2820
    William Arnold Redfern
    Innovate Air and Electrical (IEC Solutions)
    2/31 Norfolk Ave, Nowra 2540
    Mathew Foley
    Platinum Solar Designs
    Kristi Lee
    Bathurst Electrical
    4/94A Bentinck St, Bathurst NSW 2795
    Chris Ryan
    Evergen Pty Ltd
    10 Murray Dwyer Circuit, Mayfield West NSW 2304,
    Ben Hutt
    Autonomous Energy
    1 / 10 Rodborouh Road, Frenchs Forest, NSW 2086
    Mark Gadd Matthew Linney
    CSR Bradford
    Wendy Truong
    Sam's Solar
    Mail - 3 Micheal Close, Cranebrook NSW 2749 7 Jarrett St, Leichhardt NSW 2040
    Sam Mackis
    Kerfoot
    1/26-30 Foundry Rd, Seven Hills NSW 2147
    Hugh Fraser
    OTG Energy
    2 Lincoln Street, Lane Cove West NSW 2066
    Tom Aitken (BDM)
    THE ENERGY EXPERTS
    46 Robinsville Cr, Thirroul, NSW, 2515
    Carolyn Lee
    Modcol
    1/80 Box Road, Taren Point NSW 2229
    Luke Nichols Grant Johnson
    MVIC
    1/80 Box Road, Taren Point NSW 2229
    Luke Nichols Grant Johnson
    TODAE SOLAR
    300A Bridge Rd, Forest Lodge NSW 2037
    Aris
    ENERGY ACTION
    Unit 1, Level 10, 28 Margaret St, Sydney NSW 2001
    Graeme McMullan
    Space Solar
    U1 / 354 Chisholm Road, Auburn NSW 2144
    Vicky Shi
    Smart Energy Answers
    Unit 9 /191 Parramatta Rd, Auburn NSW 2144
    Daniel Lanzetta
    Forster Solar
    James Witherspoon

    Get solar panels in SA

    Solar InstallerOwner/Director
    GENERATE ENERGY
    23 Ween Rd, Pooraka, SA 5095
    Daniel Matovic
    TOWN AND COUNTRY SOLAR
    132 Murray Street, Gawler SA 5118
    Michael Flak
    Sunny Energy
    109 Grange Rd, Allenby Gardens SA 5009
    Matthew Wildy
    O'DEA SOLAR & ELECTRICAL
    508 Goyder Highway, Crystal Brook SA 5523
    Damien Gill
    DQ Electrical
    24/28 Port Wakefield Rd, Gepps Cross SA 5094
    Don Quattrocchi
    DONNA'S ELECTRICAL
    10 Arthur Street (PO Box 631), NARACOORTE SA 5271
    Kane Donnelly
    ECOSOUTH SOLAR ELECTRICITY
    PO Box 438, Edwardstown SA 5039
    Chris Hart
    LASER ELECTRICAL MOUNT GAMBIER
    18 Calula Drive, Mount Gambier, SA, 5290 PO Box 1597
    Symon Paproth
    KOTZ ELECTRICAL
    84 Mortlock Terrace, Port Lincoln SA 5606
    Carl Kotz

    Get solar panels in QLD

    Solar InstallerOwner/Director
    KEEN 2B GREEN
    14/4 Leda Dr, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220
    Daniel Shelfer
    ECOSMART SOLAR
    256 Denison Street, Rockhampton, QLD, 4700
    Jeff Hoare
    SPRINGERS SOLAR
    704 Gympie Road, Lawnton Q 4501 120 Redland Bay Rd, Capalaba Q 4157
    Joe Springer
    REPLENISHABLE ENERGY
    120 Exavier Herbert Drive,Redlynch, QLD 4870
    Rollo Sherrif
    TRUE NORTH SOLAR / KDP Electrical
    5/22 Hills Street, Garbutt QLD 4814
    Kash Partridge
    ENERGY BASE
    19A Juliet St, Mackay, QLD, 4740
    Brendan Camilleri
    SolarWide
    1/2 Textile Ave, Warana QLD 4575
    Nick Spence
    R JAY ELECTRICAL SERVICES
    1/18 Gravel Pitt Road, Darra QLD 4076
    Jon Samios
    ECOELECTRIC
    35 Moolingal St, Jindalee QLD 4074
    Jeff Wehl
    SOLAR & ENERGY EFFICIENCY PTY LTD T/A- ELECTRICAL SENSATIONS
    57 Gipps St, Toowoomba, QLD, 4350
    Nigel Phillips
    Excel Power
    5 Tointon Street, Toowoomba City QLD 4350
    Michael Reiken
    Island Energy QLD S.E.C Electrical Pty Ltd
    U2 40 Gateway Dr, Noosaville QLD 4566
    Kai Jonathan Summerfield
    ResTech Solutions
    78 Racecourse Rd, Miles, QLD, 4415
    Sidney Chambers
    Scott Burke Solar
    8 Campbell Street, Bundaberg East, QLD, 4670
    Scott Andrew Burke
    Solargain - Brisbane
    Unit 1, 5-7 Imboon St, Deception Bay QLD 4508
    Solargain - Hervey Bay
    Unit 7, 8-10 Boat Harbour Drive, Pialba QLD 4655
    Steven Brocklehurst
    Sunspark Solar Services
    76 Gordon St, Hawthorne Q 4171
    David Casey
    ENERGY DYNAMICS
    16 Valantine Rd, Birkdale QLD 4159
    Marco Conti
    SOLAR HYBRID CONVERSIONS
    U3 / 15 Russell St, Kallangur, QLD 4503
    Gino Fiocco
    CSA Services
    47 Lawnton Pocket Road, Lawnton QLD 4501
    Paul Jones

    Get solar panels in NT

    Solar InstallerOwner/Director
    QUALITY SOLAR NT
    3/17 Verinder Road, Berrimah, NT, 0280
    Bill Miller
    SEM Darwin (Solar Energy Management Group Australia)
    7/11 Miles Road, Berrimah NT 0828
    Matt

    Get solar panels in TAS

    Solar InstallerOwner/Director
    DMS
    56 Sheffield Road, Spreyton, TAS 7310
    Adrian Luke
    WHITNEY ELECTRICAL & SOLAR
    7/34 Mertonvale Circuit, Kingston TAS 7050
    Phil Whitney
    I WANT ENERGY
    7/34 Mertonvale Circuit, Kingston TAS 7050
    Rob Manson
    IN SERIES ELECTRICAL
    HOME EFFICIENCY GROUP
    285 Invermay Road, Invermay TAS 7248
    Adam Hirst

    Get solar panels in WA

    Solar InstallerOwner/Director
    SOLARGAIN PV
    10 Milly Court, Malaga WA 6090
    Domenic Mercuri
    SOLAR 2020
    14 Durban Way, Quinns Rocks, Perth, WA, 6030
    John Conlon
    DOWN SOUTH SOLAR POWER
    2/47 Strickland St, Bunbury, WA 6230
    Mick Bignall
    Sunwise Energy
    105 Spencer St, Bunbury WA 6230
    Glen Holland
    BSEWA
    6 Bradman St, Busselton WA 6280
    Brad Scott
    SUN CITY SOLAR
    140 Flores Road Geraldton, WA 6530
    Scott Phillips
    Quest Electrical And Solar
    Micahel Quest
    Shine Tech Solar
    Unit 7/1 President St, Welshpool WA 6106,
    Gavin Brady
    Alternate Energy Products Pty. Ltd. Trading As WA Solar Supplies
    Unit 5, 83 Hector Street, OSBORNE PARK WA 6017
    Dacre Barrett-Lennard
    Solargain - Albany
    117 Lockyer Avenue, Albany WA 6030
    Luke McCaully
    Solargain - Bunbury
    Unit 2, 18 Bourke Street, Bunbury WA 6230
    Luke McCaully
    Solargain - Busselton
    25 Wright Street, Busselton WA 6280
    Luke McCaully
    Solargain - Geraldton
    Lot 10 Reg Clarke Road, Geraldton WA 6530
    Brett Kuser
    Solargain - Northam
    244 Fitzgerald Street, Northam WA 6401
    Carl Tooth
    Solargain - Perth
    10 Milly Court, Malaga WA 6090
    Australis Futures/Trading as Australis Solar
    Unit A/169 Scarborough Beach Rd, Scarborough, WA 6019
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    I Want to Install Solar But I Don’t Know How Much to Spend

    I Want to Install Solar But I Don't Know How Much to Spend

    It’s hard to know how much to spend for a solar installation. There’s a huge spectrum between the cheapest systems and the most expensive systems. How do you know that you’re not paying too much? When should you be scared of paying too little?

    Quality Solar Components vs. Cheap Solar

    First: there are always going to be deals that look like fantastic options. There’s a lot of cheap solar out there. But most cheap solar systems are cutting a lot of corners. They aren’t necessarily safe, and the installation isn’t always handled properly. With a cheap solar system, you might not have the maintenance or support that you need.

    While you can save money on the initial system and installation, this will likely cost you money long-term. You may need to replace the technology and equipment more frequently, or you could even experience something dangerous and dramatic… like a house fire.

    Thus, when comparing solar, you shouldn’t necessarily go with the lowest bid. But how can you know what’s too low?

    What Does the Solar Industry Recommend Spending?

    Here’s the easiest way to find out what the “going rate” for a solar system in your area is: get a few quotes. Call some solar system companies up and compare different amounts. You’ll likely have some very low bids, but also a lot of bids that are clustered fairly close together. That “cluster” is probably going to be the general, reasonable rates in your area.

    When it comes to solar, you get what you pay for. The more you spend, the more care is likely to go into installation and maintenance. A cheaper system may not have any included maintenance: you might need to pay quite a lot every time you need troubleshooting or repairs. The costs of a solar system is only partly the solar panels themselves; it’s also the labor and the services provided.

    So, the cost of your system is going to vary, depending on what the company can offer. The company may have higher quality parts and expert technicians who are on call 24/7 to answer your questions. That’s going to be on the more expensive side. On the other hand, a company may have high quality parts, but you may need to pay for all your service calls. That could be more moderately priced.

    Average solar power costs for a 3kw system in Australia ranges between $3,000 to $8,000, so you can see that there’s a significant range. And you may add to those costs by doing things like adding batteries, which can store unused power and make your solar system more effective and functional overall. But you can talk with your solar company about your budget and figure out a way to create a system that works best for you.

    And don’t forget that there are a lot of tax credits available for both commercial and residential solar power installations. It’s possible that your final cost could be impacted by these tax benefits.

    How Can You Pay for Solar?

    So, what if the solar system costs in your area are high? You know that solar installations will save you money over time, but you still need to pay the cost of the system to begin with. With housing prices increasing in Australia, that’s not trivial.

    But there are ways. Many solar panel companies offer financing, and there are also home equity loans that are open for renovations. It’s often fairly easy to get financing for solar systems, so you don’t need to pay the entire cost upfront.

    Don’t assume that you can’t afford a solar panel system. It may be less expensive than you think, and it is going to save you money over time. Instead, get some quotes, compare, and figure out whether your budget will allow for it. You may be able to get an easy payment plan.

    Next Step: Get a Quote from our Network of Trusted Solar Installers

    Solar Trust Centre is dedicated to educating Australian consumers about solar. We have a network of trusted solar dealers ready to give you a quote.

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    Start here to get started with solar

    Start here to get started

    What is Solar Trust Centre?

    Solar Trust Centre is a resource for trusted news on Solar Energy, Tools, and Resources. We have produced articles on the most salient issues in the field of solar installations in Australia. This covers the most common questions consumers may ask when considering going solar, to coverage of significant policy and industry changes in the implementation of solar systems across the nation.

    We expect that you will want to research solar systems before committing to going solar. This article exists to answers the FAQs of solar installations.

    Most asked questions:

    Consumers interested in solar installations for their home often hesitate when they see the pricing listed for complete solar installations. Australians usually spend at least $4000 on panels, inverters, batteries and optimisers. However, it is important for consumers to understand that your solar system will pay itself back over time.

    If you decide to install solar panels, you may find that your electricity bill doesn’t change drastically at first. Nonetheless, people with efficient, well-made equipment can expect to achieve greater savings as time passes. Some of our customers receive $0 power bills and earn credits for the excess energy they produce.

    Next, you’ll likely observe that there is a steep divide between the prices of different solar systems. We advise you research the benefits of quality solar systems. A running theme across Solar Trust Centre is our concern over the epidemic of poor quality solar in Australia. It is important you ensure any solar installers you operate with have proper accreditation. Many consumers have been failed by unsafe and ineffective solar products that promise a cheap retail price. Often these cheap solar products fail and need replacing before they have paid back their CO2 footprint. Moreover, they will come with a shorter warranty period. Paying more may save you more in the long run by guaranteeing you a safe and long-lasting system that will reduce electricity prices in the long term.

    Next steps when considering solar:

    When browsing solar installer websites, you’ll likely observe how their product pages often list solar panels and batteries separately. This may prompt you to ask whether you should buy solar panels and batteries together. The benefit of a battery being installed with your solar panels is that you can store energy for use outside of peak sunlight conditions. Without a battery, you may need to get additional energy from the power grid at night or when sunlight is obscured.

    If you are new to the topic of solar panels, you may be curious about the effectiveness of solar panels in various weather conditions. We have outlined the effectiveness of solar panels during cloudy and rainy conditions, as well as at night. As the sun’s brightness and angle changes throughout the day and year, so too does the amount of electricity your solar power system will generate. Again, we advise installing a battery with your solar panels so that you won’t have to buy energy from the grid.

    Many consumers researching solar are frightened by news of solar roof fires. The reporting on this issue is often misinformed. News reporters often focus on a minority of cases and exaggerate the likelihood of fires by conflating solar systems of all qualities. The most likely reason for solar roof fires are poor installation practices and badly manufactured solar panels.

    Ultimately, anything that conducts electricity has to be installed properly and inspected by a licensed electrician. If a solar panel installer does not have a licensed electrician available, they are likely cutting corners on the installation and the installation will be non-compliant. A homeowner can also always opt to have their solar panel installation inspected separately to verify that it is safe and correct. You can protect yourself from this issue by assessing the accreditations and testimonials possess by your potential solar installers. Moreover, you can get your solar unit inspected to maximise your home’s safety.

    LG Solar Guide

    If you’re interested in going solar we encourage you to download the LG Beginner’s Guide to Solar eBook for more information.

    Next Step: Get a Quote from our Network of Trusted Solar Installers

    Solar Trust Centre is dedicated to educating Australian consumers about solar. We have a network of trusted solar dealers ready to give you a quote.

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    This week in solar: Solar for All, Singapore export, and more.

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    1. Choosing reputable solar in Australia

    ABC’s 7:30 Report recently investigated the epidemic of poor-quality solar installations taking place across Australia. This is significant given the rise in interest in solar systems among Australian consumers.

    2. Community energy groups target rentals with ‘Solar for All’ campaign

    A coalition of community organisations has launched a new campaign calling on governments to address the barriers to the installation of rooftop solar on rental properties, saying it is unfair that more one-third of households are locked out of the solar market.

    3. Australia poised to export solar energy to Singapore

    Australia could soon become a world-leader in exporting renewable energy with plans to transport solar power to Singapore. Sun Cable is the company behind the bold move, which aims to farm the power at a 15,000-hectare site at Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory. It will then send the energy to Singapore via an underwater cable from Darwin.

    4. Sunshine on tap as industry-scale PPA set to power NSW & ACT pubs

    Hundreds of NSW & ACT pubs and hotels are set to join in a world’s first industry-scale PPA in an agreement between Australian brewing giant Lion, and French energy giant Engie.

    5. Australia could aim for 700 per cent renewables, ARENA boss

    “This idea of not having enough renewable energy will just be a weird concept that we had in the 2010s …  200% renewables is too small. It could be 6-7 times what we have in the NEM.”

    The state government has banned solar installer Space Solar – also known as Community Energy Group – from participating in the rebate program for at least two years after it found that the company had been employing unlicensed electrical workers to “carry out works in a unsafe manner”.

    7. Italian oil giant ENI buys two more solar farms in Australia

    ENI has bought – from Australian-based renewable energy developer Tetris Energy – the two relatively small Batchelor and Manton Dam solar farms near Darwin in the Northern Territory, which are both sized around 12.5MW.

    8. Standalone solar replaces power lines in remote WA farming community

    A government-owned electricity company is taking customers off the grid by giving them standalone solar units, so they can pull down ageing and costly power lines.

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    Choosing reputable solar in Australia

    ABC’s 7:30 Report recently investigated the epidemic of poor-quality solar installations taking place across Australia. This issue is significant given the rise in interest in solar systems among Australian consumers.

    The poor quality solar epidemic

    Rick Slaton was interviewed for his own experience with faulty solar products. His twenty-panel installation had to be removed after only four and a half years, despite the product’s promise of a ten year warranty.

    Solar panel installer, Johan Flurry, was interviewed during the removal of Slaton’s faulty system. Flurry noted that the twenty panels were water damaged with no chance of repair. In commenting on the epidemic of faulty solar, Flurry said “a large amount of those earlier panels, since, I’d say, 2008 and all the way to probably 2014, a lot of those panels that have gone up on roofs have come down on roofs”.

    Unfortunately, the installation of poor quality solar is a common issue. Flurry notes how many solar installers priorities quick, cheap installations that will be bought up by the highest number of Australian households. “But they’re systems that are likely to last two years and then I’ll be there going there and replacing those systems.”

    Solar accreditation and testing

    In Australia, the Clean Energy Council has the responsibility for accrediting solar products and installers. In 2018, the Council suspended one hundred and sixty solar installers, and cancelled the accreditations of a dozen more. This meant over five and a half thousand solar panels were removed from their list of approved solar products.

    Dr Michelle McCann runs a laboratory in Australia that conducts commercial testing of solar panels. She exposes solar panels to a single flash of light in order to determine how much electricity they will produce. In some tests, panels have produced close to 10% less energy than promised by the advertised rating. Dr McCann indicates how such panels will only fail consumers more if connected to households for a sustained timeline. She notes that “the cheaper product isn’t the better performing product.”

    A common reason for ineffective solar panels is that Australia relies on overseas manufacturers who export poor quality batches of solar panels. However, the Clean Energy Council has stated that “the number of unsafe products in continuing to reduce over time.” Solar Trust Centre has itself reviewed the reasons why consumers should consider quality solar units.

    The consequences of poor quality solar

    Markus Lambert, General Manager for Solar at LG Electronics, outlines how poor quality solar systems don’t help to reduce carbon emissions, as many consumers hope. “The problem is in many cases, [a poor quality solar system] hasn’t even gained its CO2 back by the time it’s failed. So you’ve actually got the irony that we’re paying a rebate for solar that hasn’t helped with the abatement.” Moreover, Lambert notes how Australia does not currently has a mandatory recycling scheme for faulty solar panels.

    As concluded by Dr McCann, a solar roof system is a roof-top power station: “You would never ever built a coal-fire power plant without doing quality checks on it, but we’re doing that with solar rooftops.”

    For more information, read Solar Trust Center’s cautionary tale on poor quality solar.

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