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SUNNY REGARDS FROM 2018: A YEAR IN REVIEW

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 SUNNY REGARDS FROM 2018: A YEAR IN REVIEW 2018 was a big year for the solar industry with the Clean Energy Regulator reporting that 1 in 5 homes has now installed rooftop solar in Australia (November, 2018). This growth is reflective of the decreasing price of systems, advancing technologies and increasing electricity prices which are reportedly now double what they were a decade ago (SMH 2018). Other factors that contributed to this growth in 2018 were the introduction of the Victorian Government rebate, offering up to 50% off an average 4kW solar panel system (which currently equates to $2,225) for read more…

2017 NECA ACT Excellence Awards

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 2017 NECA ACT EXCELLENCE AWARDS The National Electrical and Communications Association, commonly known as NECA, is a peak body that represents the interests of the electrical and communications contracting industry across Australia. They are responsible for training over 5,000 apprentices, placing them for on-the-job training with members of NECA where possible. NECA is also responsible for hosting an annual awards event, focusing on recognising excellence in projects across both state, and territories within Australia surrounding solar, and electrical work. SolarHub entered into the awards this year under the category for Energy Efficiency and Environment with their Project Altilium. This project focused read more…

Investing in Solar: Company Checklist

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 Investing in Solar: Company Checklist Investing in solar should be an exciting and rewarding experience for a home or business owner, but now more than ever, there seems to be bountiful amounts of advice on which companies to trust, which panels work best, and what a typical system should look like. Unfortunately much of this advice does not come from a reputable source, and consequently we often see or hear of installations that do not last long,  don’t pass industry standards and can’t be turned on, or don’t even happen once the money is taken. By the time SolarHub gets involved, if it read more…

Small-Scale Technology Certificates

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 Small-scale Technology Certificates To encourage individuals and businesses to use and invest in renewable sources of energy, there are government incentives and rebates available for solar. One of these is the Small-scale Technology Certificate, or more commonly known as STCs. How They Work When purchasing a solar system consumers may be eligible for these STCs, with the amount they receive varying dependant on factors such as their geographical location, installation date, size of system, and the current trading price on the STC market. Similar to most stock markets, the trading price of STCs can fluctuate according to supply and demand, meaning the prices read more…

Beat Winter Bill Panic

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 Beat Winter Bill Panic Winter is here, and unfortunately, that can often mean that our electricity bill is soon to arrive, and if we have been feeling the cold and pumping the heater, then it is not going to be one we look forward to. But before crisis mode is enabled, and we start planning how we will live without a heater for the years to follow, lets look at some simple ways we could potentially reduce our energy usage- and in turn, avoid that Winter bill panic. Rug Up Leave those layers on when you get indoors! By keeping your jumper, or read more…

Will I Have Power if the Grid Goes Down?

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 Will I Have Power if the Grid Goes Down? When installing an energy storage system, unless specifically wired for off-grid capabilities, your system is still grid tied. This means that although you now have an energy storage system that can store your excess energy, you are still able to draw needed electricity from the grid. For many home owners this is important, as their battery is not capable of providing enough to sustain their house-hold over several days of bad weather, or for their high power usage habits. As such, being grid tied allows these users the freedom of still accessing read more…

kW and kWh Explained

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 kW and kWh Explained No doubt as you have started immersing yourself in the world of solar and energy, you have heard the phrase kilowatt (kW) and kilowatt-hour (kWh) being used. Unfortunately these terms are often misused, or deemed interchangeable, when in fact although they make up the a similar element of energy, they aren’t the same. So lets start with the basics to help us understand what these phrases mean, and how they effect your solar.   What is the difference? A kilowatt (kW) refers to the measure of power that is electrically generated at any particular moment. Using a simple read more…

Has the Solar Rebate Ended

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 A Clarification On The Solar Rebate Ending In the famous words of Douglas Adams, we would like to tell all of our readers: Don’t Panic. Over the last few weeks, it would seem that many of you have been bombarded with late night calls, and unwarranted emails advising that you need to rush out and buy solar right now, or else you will not be eligible for any solar rebate in the ACT. This is understandably confusing, so we thought we would try to clear a little of it up and stop the state wide panic before we all forget our towels. Is the Solar Rebate Ending? read more…

The Grid Explained

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 The Grid Explained The grid, a phrase often thrown around by the energy companies in regard to buying off, sending to, or being more independent from, but never stopped and explained. So what exactly is the grid, and how do we actually interact with it? Lets look at some basics to help us understand what this four letter word has to do with our energy. What is the Grid What is referred to as ‘The Grid’ is an electrical grid connected to the network, and created to deliver electricity from the supplier to the consumer. It is how energy providers supply electricity to our read more…

Caring for your solar PV system

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 Caring for your solar PV system A solar PV system can help many home or business owners gain more financial freedom, energy independence, and is increasingly becoming more popular within Australia. Yet one thing many owners do not stop and ask about, is the upkeep of these systems once the initial research investment, and installation process is complete. Two of these factors are cleaning, and the mandatory testing which we have outlined in more detail below. Panel Cleaning Cleaning of the solar panels is recommended in order to keep them free of dirt, leaves, debris and bird droppings. Every system read more…