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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Solar News

The long awaited report from the REC Agents Association (RAA), a national industry body representing firms that create and trade in renewable energy certificates, analyses the uptake of solar panels and hot water systems by postcode and income has been released. I find it has confirmed what I have long known in that the majority of solar being installed is being done so by ordinary Australians who are looking to tackle outrageous electricity bills. “Five million Australians have embraced solar because it protects their families from soaring power bills”, said Ric Brazzale, RAA President. This debunks the ridiculous notion being put forward by the coal and gas...

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PM announces review into RET (renewable energy target)

Solar News Update 21st February 2014 The federal Government has just announced a review of the RET (Renewable Energy Target) that is currently set at a goal of 20% of Australia’s electricity to be supplied via clean power such as Solar or Wind by 2020. This is the basis of the subsidies that currently apply to solar. The PM announced that the review into the RET scheme will be a headed by long time coal power advocate Dick Warburton, so many are predicting the end of the RET in the near future. If the RET goes so does the STC”s, that means...

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Commercial Solar Power Projects win reprieve from government review

Climate change minister Greg Combet has announced that the government will accept the vast bulk of the recommendations from the Climate Change Authority including keeping the large-scale target fixed at 41,000 gigawatt-hours. The key elements of the government’s response probably of most concern to the renewable energy sector are: No change to large-scale target The government will not alter the large-scale renewable energy target, keeping it at the current 41,000GWh by 2020. No change to 100kW size threshold for SRES Contrary to the recommendation of the CCA, the government will not change the 100kW threshold below which solar PV systems qualify for the Small-scale Renewable...

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Last chance for South Australian’s to install solar power on fair terms

Two upcoming changes to support for the solar industry, one likely to come into effect in April 2013 and the other in September 2013 will mean this is the last year in which many South Australian's will be able to install the solar power system they want on fair terms. Firstly, a Commonwealth government report released in December has recommended that solar power systems over 10kw be excluded from the SREC system. This will make it more expensive to install large residential and commercial solar power systems. We expect these recommendations to become law between April and June sometime. Here is a...

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Review into SA electricity prices cancelled

Press Release power price enquiryv2 (1)Power price enquiry stopped as pensioners turn off fridges! Mt Barker, South Australia, 2 January 2013. Skyrocketing power prices have resulted in some pensioners in South Australia turning off their refrigerators and resorting to buying canned and long life foods in desperate efforts to slash their electricity bills. In the U.S., consumers are paying around one quarter the price for their power and yet the South Australian government have just announced the cancellation of a review into power prices. Andrew Sendy, CEO of Solar Wholesalers Australia recently visited the U.S. and was stunned to find that Americans...

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Review into RET to give a hurry up to commercial solar power

On Wednesday 19 December 2012 the Clean Energy Authority delivered the results of its review into the Renewable Energy Target legislation that will have significant impacts for those planning commercial solar power projects Whilst they have recommended the continuation of both the LRET and the SRET they have made a very important recommendation that if adopted will have a significantly negative impact on commercial sized solar systems between 10 kw and 99kw. Currently all systems up to 99 kw are entitled to be counted in the SRET which means they are allowed to claim an upfront discount (or rebate) by creating all...

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2 Weeks left on Rebate Rollback Special on 5kw solar power systems

Since the announcement of the cut back of the Solar Credits rebate on 16 November Solar Wholesalers have been offering a Rebate Rollback special selling 5kw solar power systems with high quality German made SMA Sunny Boy inverters for $8,490.00. Effectively this means we have been absorbing the rebate change and agreed to do this to Christmas time. Part of this was because if we did not do something business would have slowed after November 16 because people would have been disappointed to pay more and part of it was to send a message to the government that the solar power...

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Enquiry urgently needed into South Australian Electricity Prices

South Australia electricity prices are a joke. I am over in America at the moment and power prices in most of the states of America range from 8 cents in most of the North East states to a maximum of 15 cents in California. Peak power prices in South Australia are around 37 cents and these costs are putting undue burden on the old and people on lower incomes. My Dad told me that some pensioners he knows on the Yorke Peninsula are now turning off their fridges and buying only canned and long life foods. This is a disgrace. It...

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Are microinverters a good idea for solar power systems

A few clients have been asking us lately about micro inverters and so I thought it would be worthwhile to give my views on this subject. For those of you who don't know what I am on about a typical solar power system has the solar panels on the roof that produce DC electricity. These panels are wired in long strings and this DC power travels down off the roof to a single inverter that converts the DC solar electricity to AC grid compatible power. With micro-inverters the idea is that each panel has its own mini inverter that converts each...

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