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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Issues for sizing solar systems given future changes planned for the South Australian feed in tariff

As most of you know that either have bought a solar power system since September 2011 or are currently considering buying a solar system for your home the SA solar feed in tariff will reduce towards the end of 2016. For those fof you who don't know the specifics currently people with systems purchased after September 2011 get 25.2 cents per kwh for solar power that they generate during the day but which is surplus to the needs of their house and so is fed back into the grid. After June 2013 this will increase to 27.2 cents. This is made up...

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Breaking News- 16 November 2012 Commonwealth government cuts Solar Credits (STC) multiplier early

The Minister for Climate Change Greg Combet today inflicted another blow to the Solar Industry when it brought forward the cancellation of the solar credits multiplier, a scheme which provided an up front rebate to assist households with the purchase of solar. The multiplier change, from a 2x multiplier for STC's on the first 1.5 kw of a solar power system to a 1 x multiplier effectively increases the up front cost of a solar power system by approximately $900. The multiplier was originally scheduled to be cut back as at 1 July 2013 but has been brought forward because the...

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10 kw solar power systems in Adelaide reach milestone

Not so long ago a 10 kw solar power system was considered out of reach of most people. I think from memory that the first 10kw solar power system that we sold was about $70,000. Well times have certainly changed and now 10kw solar systems in Adelaide have fallen to $14,990 even with a top quality SMA inverter. So why is this so important? The answer quite simply is that it now means the monthly repayments on a loan to buy a 10kw system are, depending on the term of the repayments, less than the amount of savings/income that the systems will...

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Prices for 5kw solar systems hit new lows in Adelaide

Great news for those of you in Adelaide who have not yet installed a solar system on your house or small business. As at November 7 2012 we have seen for the firs time ever a 5kw solar power system with an SMA, Sunny Boy inverter retailing for less than $8,500. For the last six months or so there have been 5 kw solar systems using lower quality inverters being offered by solar power companies at below $8,000 but this is the first time we have seen 5kw systems with SMA inverters falling below $9,000 at the retail level. This is great...

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October Solar Wholesalers Update

Solar Wholesalers has a lot going on at the moment. Firstly its technically retarded CEO is trying get his head around the age of social media and communicate what the company is up to in another way besides telling people at the pub. Firstly we need to welcome the big and very beautiful Sam to the Solar Wholesalers crew. We are also stoked to have Macca coming back on board soon to add style and suave sophistication to the electrical crew.The solar power retail business is doing well in Adelaide. With the sun coming out the phone is ringing a lot...

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