What you need to know about STC’s

So what is an STC? It stands for "Small Scale technology certificate." Australia has a Renewable Energy Target (RET) where we are looking to supply a portion of our power from renewable sources. So polluters are required to buy an amount of STC's to offset there pollution this helps stimulate the uptake of clean energy like solar. Not so long ago the Federal government decided to reduce our Renewable Energy Target, from 41,000 GWh to 33,000 GWh by 2020. So what? I hear you say. Well what this means is that we are going to hit our renewable energy target sooner...

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Newsflash – Changes to Solar Rules

Firstly, my apologies as even whilst I am typing this, I don't 100% know what is about to change and how it will effect our customers and our business going forward. We have called SAPN and all the industry experts and everyone is scratching their heads just as much as we are. What we do know;  The new Australian Standard for grid connected Solar system (AS/NZS4777.1 2016)  was published on 30 September 2016. The new standard states that "unless specifically stated by the distributor, the rating limit for a single-phase IES is an individual installation shall be equal to 5kVa, and a multi-phase...

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Solar in SA is better value than ever

Howdy Solar enthusiast, so Solar Power in South Australia is better value than ever before, Huh.. I here you say. Well allow me to elaborate. Even though the old feed in tariff amounts have  been recently reduced to 8 cents per kWh (kilowatt hour) for power that your solar system feeds back into the grid, its not all doom and gloom. The fact is that solar panels have never been cheaper than they are right now, these now mature solar panel manufacturers have increased production over the last few years while at the same time incentives and rule changes in some (formally) major...

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Oversizing your PV Array

Reasons you should oversize your PV array The following article highlights some of the key benefits that you as a homeowner can have by oversizing your PV array. Whilst we here at Solar Wholesalers have known the benefits of oversizing a PV array for quite some time and, it is great to have some literature from our main inverter supplier to support what we always knew. Check it out here...

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Solar Shines for office tennents

Solar Wholesalers recently completed the installation of a 100kW solar system on Naylor House at 190 Pultney St Adelaide. The install of 400 solar panels on the office building is designed to enhance the appeal of the building to potential tenants. Sam Di Fava of Di Fava group the owners of the building engaged Solar Wholesalers to do the install. "The 100kW system will reduce our reliance on grid power, improve our NABERS energy rating and reduce the running costs for the building" mister Di Fava said. "This is a win- win situation for us as the landlord and also our tenants....

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Solar Industry could be saved by the Senate

In an interesting turn of events it seems that Clive Palmers PUP party could be the difference in retaining the RET (renewable energy target) and keeping the solar industry going strong. Recently Mr Palmer hosted long time renewable energy campaigner Al Gore in Australia and proclaimed that the PUP party supported the RET and the associated clean energy financing organisations. If this is correct we may well see the solar industry kick on and help more Australians reduce the cost of running their homes and business's I for one hope big Clive is true to his word, time will tell....

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Governed by Solar Luddites

I just read an article by Nigel Morris in the Business Spectator that should be compulsory reading for all politicians. The crux of the article is that the RET can be proven to be putting downward pressure on wholesale power prices. The article then goes on to claim something that I thought was quite extraordinary, that last week 65% of South Australian electricity was provided via wind power. To all politicians, if we want clean energy then leave the bloody RET alone because it is one of the few things politics has ever done that actually works and please read this article http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2014/7/1/policy-politics/governed-solar-luddites...

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70% support for the Renewable Energy Target

According to the Climate of the Nation poll, conducted by JWS Research among 1,145 adult Australians on behalf of the Climate Institute, 71% of respondents said they want the RET to be 20% or higher by 2020. A further 76% said there should be government incentives for renewable energy, such as wind and solar". Now granted this is just one poll but I feel it just may be reflective of the wider community support for renewable energy. Here is a link to the article where I found this information, http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jun/22/australian-unhappy-coalitions-response-climate    ...

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Wholesale Electricity companies seek 5% price rise

South Australian's may be paying an extra 5% for their electricity purchased from the grid as early as July 1st. The 5% increase has been asked for by the wholesale electricity producers via the federal regulators. I find it interesting that they claim the increase is necessary due to peaky load demands, and at the same time we know that solar power helps with peak load demands on the few days that extra power is needed due to very hot weather. In fact a few years ago the electricity industry claimed it would need to spend around 100 million to address peak loads for...

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Solar companys using cheap inverters disapearing fast

In the last week alone we have received four phone calls from different people with issues with cheap nasty inverters they have bought. This is the exact reason we use SMA and Aurora Power One inverters on all of our jobs now. We have tried a couple of cheaper manufacturers over the years and it has only ever ended badly, failures and then all to often the manufacturer going under or changing to another entity. I would never ever use any other inverter again. It is such a shame for our industry, all these cheap "company's" coming in and selling unreliable...

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