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PV Solar System

Posted by admin on February 16th, 2011

Photovoltaic(PV) solar panels are devices that generates electricity directly from sunlight. The power generated by these panels can be used to power  electric appliances and lights for home. This power can also be used for industrial purpose as well.

In a grid connected PV system, the excess power which is not used, can be fed back to the electricity grid.  Government is also providing solar panel rebate for new systems.

The standalone PV system is used where there is no electricity grid, there are additional components like batteries.  In that case, the excess energy is stored in the batteries and used at night time and on cloudy days.

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Feed-in Tariff offers for Victorians on solar

Posted by admin on February 8th, 2011

Victoria’s premium feed-in tariff offers Victorians a guaranteed credit of at least 60 cents per kilowatt hour for excess solar electricity fed back into the grid at any time of the day or year with solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, up to five kilowatts in size. This offer is made to Victorians to encourage them to reduce their individual carbon emission, by making solar panels more economical for the average household and rewarding Victorians who return unused power to the state electricity grid.

This premium feed-in tariff offers on solar power will remain for the next 15 years to all the Victorians, for a total capacity of 100 megawatts of solar power across the state.

Customers that install small-scale renewable energy systems usually produce more energy than they consume that is ‘fed into’ the power grid. A feed-in tariff is a payment to households, community organisations and small businesses from power companies when connected to the power grid, these customers can feed this electricity back into the grid.

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Solar Light Bulb

Posted by admin on February 3rd, 2011

Solar LED light bulb is meant to replace kerosene lamps as a lighting source where many people burn fossil fuels for light, which can be dangerous and expensive.

The N100 solar bulb, LED lighting is energy efficient, with a long life, is about the size of a standard incandescent bulb and has four small solar panels housed in a waterproof case. It do not requires any external power source, no maintenance for up to five years, is very easy to install and is suitable for use in remote locations away from the power grid. Five LEDs and a replaceable NiMH battery inside provide up to four hours of light when the device is fully charged. People hang it outside during the day and then turn it on at night.   Carmanah Technologies, Canadian manufacturer of these lights, has more than 250,000 installations in 110 countries and has supplied the lighting for the Khawr ‘Abd Allah Waterway in Iraq and the Bagram airfield in Afghanistan.

The LEDs are meant to last 50,000 to 100,000 hours, and the solar power panels are rated to last 10 years. The life of the N100 is basically 5 to 10 years, according to Nokero representative Tom Boyd.

The lights consists of light emitting diodes, a solar photovoltaic system, and battery all housed in a durable, waterproof polycarbonate case.  They will survive extended exposure to the environment, extreme swings in ambient temperature from -40°F to 176°F (-40°C to +80°C), shock, heavy vibration and UV degradation.

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Portable Solar Panel for Light and to Charge Cell Phones

Posted by admin on February 3rd, 2011

Engineering students from the University of Michigan have founded Emerald, a portable solar panel-powered device that provides 100 lumens of light and power for your electronics.

These engineering students founded the start-up company June Energy. Energy from the personal solar power panel, Emerald, can provide energy light to do homework or power to charge a cell phone. June Energy, is spending its second semester in the TechArb Student Business Accelerator, and it recently received more than $500,000 in venture capital. The company is about to ship its first 40 domestic orders.

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Go Solar in Year 2011 – Take Advantage of Free Solar Power

Posted by admin on January 3rd, 2011

Scientists have been using power of the sun for centuries. Using solar energy to convert it into electricity is something that is present in every country. As Fossil fuels will  be depleted within the next 40 years, it is important that all countries focus on alternative power. Everybody should try to use Alternative energy sources , so that earth remains green.

The Government is also supporting the green energy, and all states have solar rebates in form of direct rebate and feed-in-tariff for solar electricity generation. The Government Rebate will be reduced in year 2011. So it is best to take advantage of Rebates now.

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Greenest Solar Home in Chicago

Posted by admin on January 2nd, 2011

Thomas McGrath has  built a house , which is one of the greenest solar home in Chicago  . The House has tubes which are mounted on the ceiling so the property is a hydronic heating and cooling, and floor and above.

“We wanted a very smooth and uniform heat. There is also some efficiency that well, so we use less energy during the life cycle of a building,” said Thomas McGrath. Bare floors are now covered with a mixture of concrete and up to 50 percent of fly ash.

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Power shocker — $160 rise

Posted by admin on October 21st, 2010

(News article from The Age – Josh Gordon, November 30, 2007)

MOST Victorian families will be stung by a $160 increase in their annual power bills under a new price regime to be announced by the State Government today.

The drought and booming demand for power have pushed the cost of generating electricity to unprecedented levels, with the added pain set to flow through to consumers from January 1.

Energy Minister Peter Bachelor will today announce increased basic prices for the three biggest retailers — Origin Energy, AGL and TRUenergy — of up to 17%.

That means a typical household consuming 6500 kilowatt hours of peak and off-peak electricity can expect their annual bills to rise from about $945 to $1106, an increase of $161. Larger families living in bigger houses can expect to pay up to $200 more.

The drought has severely limited Australia’s hydro-electricity capacity, forcing power generators to tap into more expensive and polluting options, particularly gas, to meet booming demand.

Families can also expect to be stung by higher water bills.

A series of major water projects planned by the State Government means an increase of 14.8% is already locked in from July next year, adding about $80 to most bills. Water prices are widely expected to double over the next five years.

Other states around Australia have also been increasing their electricity prices, with bills rising by 16% in Tasmania, 11% in Queensland, 7% in NSW and 14% in the ACT.

Origin spokesman Tony Wood said Origin’s basic price would rise by about 13%, with roughly two-thirds of the increase due to a higher wholesale price as the drought forced up generation costs.

Mandatory renewable energy targets, which are being phased in, will also have an impact.

“We are starting to see a gradual increase coming in through climate change policies, Mr Wood said. “By having to buy a certain proportion of our electricity from renewable sources, which is rising every year, it’s gradually pushing our costs.”

Victorian Greens MP Greg Barber said the impact of climate change through the drought was proving to be more expensive than tackling the problem.

Mr Bachelor’s spokesman, Dan Ward, last night declined to comment on the planned increase, which will affect basic tariffs covering more than half of all Victorian households.

Solar Means Test Not So Bad For Industry

Posted by admin on October 21st, 2010

The Federal Government’s May 13th introduction of the means test came as a shock to the newly formed Australian Solar industry. Our company, like most others experienced the tragic loss of many up and coming customers who were in the process of finalising their paper work for the rebate application.

For the first two weeks, the company sentiment was tending towards doom and gloom for the industry because the majority of our grid connect customers were above the $100k means test threshold. Since then however a lot has changed for SolarGen and our industry. It appears that the media coverage on the means test has had an unforseen consequence which was to inform those under the means test to the availability of a rebate as well as grid solar as a existing product available to curb electricity costs. So the buzzing activity of the Australian grid solar industry can now be attributed to our elderly and concerned working citizens who have since discovered the benefits of buying a grid solar system now which leads me onto the next critical fact, rebate quantity.

The solar rebate is only available to 6,000 household owners each year. This number resets on the first of July each year for the next two years. Extensive media coverage about looming carbon tax and carbon trading schemes is making customers choose grid solar systems sooner rather than later as a way of securing their rebate. Eventually market forces will drive up the price of electricity which will force the population to consider renewable energy systems as well as energy conservation strategies. At that point there WILL be no rebates, which are only here while cheap fossil energy prices still exist. The introduction of the Federal Government’s “Green Loans for Aussie Homes” low interest loan in 2009 will put further stress on rebate availability as green loans is for 200,000 working households meaning it could be possible to initially offset the post rebate costs. The moral of the story is simple, rebates won’t be here forever! Whilst the cost of systems will come down at some point in the future by some margin, it certainly won’t be by $8,000 which is what you’ll be missing if the rebate system changes!

SolarGen’s Response to Roger Wilkins Solar Report

Posted by admin on October 21st, 2010

A report commissioned by the Federal Government in September 2008 has found that grid connect solar panels are the most inefficient way of tackling climate change. Roger Wilkins, former head of the NSW cabinet office who championed the report, has concluded that solar grid technology costs $400 for each tonne of carbon dioxide abated which he says is higher than any feasible market price on carbon emissions.

The main focus on the Roger Wilkins report is on carbon dioxide abatement rather than incorporating the entire spectrum of challenges our world is facing. Hence, energy generation and conservation of energy need to be included in any rational debate facing our country in terms of both energy security and CO2 reductions.

Mankind’s rapid success, only 100 Years after the Industrial Revolution, has come about due to the abundance of cheap fossil fuel. For at least the next 100 years there is unlikely to be any cheap substitute for delivering the 10 terawatts of electricity the world currently needs each year to maintain its current level of economic activity, not to mention the many other uses fossil fuels have other than the main role it plays in transport, fuel and electricity generation.

By now you may be asking about nuclear. If all the world’s fossil fuelled power stations were replaced with nuclear stations, the world would run out of uranium within 15 years. At best nuclear power stations could only provide a bridging role in the transition.

Our current economy’s energy needs are met using ancient solar energy. This MUST be replaced with energy which has recently arrived on earth from the sun. When looking for solutions, there is no quick fix. No silver bullet. However, Solar Grid Systems will have to provide a vital role. Firstly, the power they produce is used onsite or in close proximity to the home where it was produced (saving transmission costs). Secondly, Solar Grid Systems provide reliable electricity when it is needed most – during peak sun hours.

The other hidden benefit that Solar Grid Systems provide to our economy is generation of power for electric vehicles. The average Australian home uses 16 kW hours of energy per day. If that same house were to plug in an electric car (the equivalent in size to a Ford Falcon) the energy required for the electric vehicle’s batteries would be around 40 kW hours.  This is a massive increase in energy consumption for that home. Eventually, with mass volumes, Australia’s electrical grid will become overwhelmed by the energy demand which is already 7 years away from needing urgent attention (and that’s WITHOUT electric vehicles).

Since the transmission and storage of electricity is the critical element, solar panels on the home can significantly address this challenge as we adapt to new processes and technologies.

Big Rises For Home Power Price In WA

Posted by admin on October 21st, 2010

By Linda Cann

ELECTRICITY prices look set to skyrocket after WA’s Office of Energy recommended a 52 per cent rise for 2009-10, with more to follow.

Energy Minister Peter Collier today released a report outlining the OOE’s final recommendations into the review of electricity retail tariff arrangements.

The report recommended a 52 per cent increase in tariffs for households with a further 26 per cent increase for 2010-11, and 13 per cent more for 2011-12.

Opposition energy spokeswoman Kate Doust warned the price rises would cause hardship for householders already facing the fallout from the economic slowdown.

“We recognise that prices have to rise, but we prefer the government picks up the model we offered prior to the election, which is 10 per cent increments over a six to eight year period,” she said.

“We are concerned about the hardship that sharp increases would impose on families and pensioners.”

The OOE said the increases were necessary to bring household electricity prices into line with the costs of supplying electricity.

The OOE also forecast that a 29 per cent increase would be required in 2009-10 to bring small business electricity prices up to cost-reflective levels, with a further 26 per cent increase required for 2010-11.

Mr Collier blamed the former Labor government for the increase in tariffs.

“The previous government held prices artificially low for too long as part of the disaggregation process,” he said.

“Their market electricity reforms were supposed to lower the price of electricity, so why are we now faced with the prospect of increased prices at a time when many Western Australians are facing financial difficulty?

He said the State Government was still to consider the recommendations outlined in the report.

“We are mindful of the current economic situation and the financial pressure many families, householders and businesses alike are feeling,” he said.

“This will be taken into consideration as we make a responsible long-term decision.”

Mr Collier said the recommendations were a key component of the rescue package for Verve Energy.

“Verve Energy will continue to have poor financial performance until it is able to receive revenues that support its costs,” he said.

“The level of electricity tariffs must support the continued development of electricity supply to ensure investments are made to meet demand. Otherwise, security of future supplies will be threatened.”

The OOE’s forecast tariff increases are based on cost estimates of the components to supply electricity – generation, networks, retail, and greenhouse gas mitigation costs.

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