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12th October 17 Cameron Quin

How Does Shading Affect Solar Panels?

Solar power systems are not productive when they are not getting sunlight, which means they should be kept free from shadows. However, this is not always possible, especially when there are trees, buildings or hills around the project site. Fortunately, there are ways to deploy solar power successfully even when a rooftop is partially shaded.Keep
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12th October 17 James Doyle

September Was a Record Month for Rooftop Solar in Australia

Australian homes and businesses are responding to the increasing electricity prices from local energy companies, by generating more of their own energy with solar power. Electricity rates for retail customers increased by around 20% in July 2017 alone, and have doubled overall in less than one decade. Large energy users in the contestable market have
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12th October 17 Cameron Quin

Australia’s Small-Scale Renewable Energy Scheme

The Australian Clean Energy Regulator are aware that the national power system is highly dependent on fossil fuels, and that homes and businesses face energy costs that are increasing at an alarming rate. The Small-Scale Renewable Energy Scheme was created to incentive the adoption of renewable generation systems and environmentally-friendly heating
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9th October 17 James Doyle

Even Oil-Producing Countries Are Going Solar

If you have been following energy industry news, perhaps you have noticed an interesting trend in recent years: major oil-producing countries like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are investing aggressively in solar power. For example, Dubai signed a contract for an 800-MW solar farm in 2016, at a record low price of 2.99 US¢ / kWh. Then,
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9th October 17 James Doyle

Solar Power Breaks Its Own Price Records

The cost of solar power is rapidly decreasing year by year, and this trend is not showing signs of slowing down anytime soon. In 2016, the energy industry was taken by surprise when an 800-MW solar power contract was signed in Dubai for only 2.99 US¢ / kWh (3.85 AU¢ / kWh). This was the first solar farm in the world to generate energy at a price below
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9th October 17 Cameron Quin

Why Robotic Dairy Farms Have the Perfect Consumption for Solar Power

Cows are normally milked twice per day, in the early morning and the evening. However, this creates a limitation for commercial solar power in the dairy industry: plant consumption is high at times of the day when solar energy production is low or zero, and in turn solar energy generation is high when the dairy plant is using little power.One option
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3rd October 17 Cameron Quin

Crippling Power Bills are on the Rise for Australian Businesses

Expensive electricity is one of the main factors currently affecting Australian businesses, especially smaller companies with limited access to capital. There are companies that have seen their power bills double in less than two years, forcing them to lay off employees in an attempt to cut expenses. In some cases, small businesses have even been driven
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3rd October 17 Cameron Quin

The Finkel Review: Making the Australian Electricity Sector Greener

In June 2017, Australia’s chief scientist Alan Finkel published the Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market, better known as the Finkel review. The document gives a snapshot of the Australian electric sector, while providing strategies that can help the country transition to greener electricity.The Australian
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27th September 17 James Doyle

Telstra and Sun Metals: Leaders in Energy Independence

Although many renewable energy sources are economically viable, solar power offers two features that make it an attractive option for large-scale commercial and industrial users. In the first place, solar photovoltaic systems have a modular design that allows any installed capacity from a few kilowatts to hundreds of megawatts. In addition, solar power
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Feed In Tarrif
27th September 17 Cameron Quin

Major Australian Utilities Have Increased their Solar Feed-in Tariffs

If you are considering solar power and you purchase electricity from Energy Australia or AGL, there is good news for you. Since 1 July 2017, both retailers increased their solar feed-in tariffs in the states of New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria.The feed-in tariff is the rate at which you are paid for any surplus energy produced
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