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5th May 2016
Choosing the Right Solar Panel for You. Cheap vs Expensive.
It’s an age-old question that impacts many buying decisions – should I fork out for premium quality or settle for the cheaper option? When it comes to solar panels although they all look similar, they are not created equally – therefore we recommend doing your research. Pay special attention not only to the price, but more importantly to the quality of the solar panels. Also, research the manufacturer and provider because a 25 year warranty is only as strong as the company backing it. Here are 6 things to consider when choosing your solar panels. The Three Tiers of Quality There are three
28th Apr 2016
Proudly Australian Owned
Over the last 20 years Solargain has grown from a humble one-man-band to become one of the largest solar power providers in the country. Australia has been incredibly good to us – not only providing a sunny climate, but over 50,000 happy customers along the way. Considering Australia’s high number of average ‘sunshine hours’ during the day, it’s hardly a surprise. Our home-town of Perth for example is the sunniest city in the country – averaging an incredible 11 hours of sunlight during the summer months of January and December (which is great for solar panels!) Over the years we’ve seen
21st Apr 2016
anzac
With ANZAC fast approaching on April 25, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the significance of the occasion. As a company that’s proud to be Australian owned and operated, Solargain acknowledges the sacrifice thousands of men and women have made (and continue to make) to protect our country and make it great. Today ANZAC Day has come to embody the many different meanings of war. The purpose of the day is to remember all Australians and New Zealanders ‘who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations’ – it’s no longer confined to the First World War, although that
30th Mar 2016
Batter Event Perth March 2016
Organised by Solargain for existing customers, suppliers, industry partners and general public, guests were invited to the exhibition suite at International on The Water in Ascot, WA. All in all it was a spectacular event, and we’d like to thank everyone who got involved – from our hardworking team, to all our special guests who contributed to the two very exciting sessions. The event showcased some of the most anticipated solar power products to hit the Australian market. These included home batteries from big names such as Enphase, Fronius and LGChem as well as the latest in solar panel
29th Mar 2016
earth hour
This year Earth Hour was on Saturday March 19 and a record number of countries and territories switched off some of their brightest landmarks in support. As grim reports continue to flood in surrounding the Earth’s rising temperature and the damage it’s causing, a show of support for climate action is not only important, but essential to our future. Just recently scientists claimed a ‘climate emergency’ off the back of record heat around the globe in February – indeed, the time for the world’s countries to make good on promises made at the Paris Conference is now. But back to Earth Hour. A WWF
22nd Mar 2016
Solargain - Official sponsors of the Fremantle Dockers
We’ve lined up the opportunity, kept our eye on the target, kicked… and scored official silver sponsorship status with the Fremantle Football Club. The crowd goes wild! We couldn’t be more excited to announce this brilliant news. Just like many of our customers around Australia, we’re big fans of the AFL and so the opportunity to support one of its leading teams is quite an honour. But there’s something particularly special to us about the Fremantle Dockers. The team from Perth’s south not only shares our birthplace city, but was officially admitted into the AFL competition in 1995 – the same
22nd Mar 2016
Whatever name you use, the same meaning applies to these revolutionary batteries that are set to feature in millions of Australian homes over the next few years. Put simply, solar batteries help you get the most out of your solar panels. They allow you to store electricity for later use during the evening or during blackouts and in some cases, provide the potential to go off-grid. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves! Here’s a breakdown of all you need to know about home solar batteries: What Are They? The generation of home solar batteries we’re talking about use the latest lithium-ion
7th Mar 2016
Solar Then Vs Now – How Much Can Change In 8 Years?
We don’t know about you, but 2008 doesn’t seem like that long ago to us. Yet in the context of solar power, that short span of time from when solar panels first started making their way into Australia, to now, represents a huge shift in affordability and tech. Like, really huge – check out the infographic below. It’s hard to think that ten years ago there wasn’t really a solar PV panel in sight (especially when you look around Australia’s suburbs today). Back in 2008 when they first started to become available to homeowners, you’d pay around $3,000 for a 1 kW system (1 kW inverter) – and that
22nd Feb 2016
sun sets on wa solar tax
A collective sigh of relief has occurred for solar power owners in Western Australia with news of the controversial ‘solar tax’ being ruled out by WA’s Premier, Colin Barnett. Here at Solargain, we’re glad that logic has prevailed. If you hadn’t heard, the proposed tax would have resulted in an additional $800 in grid connection charges for the state’s 175,000+ solar households. The tax was originally raised last December by Lyndon Rowe, chairman of Synergy, based on the idea that annual charges on solar households don’t reflect the actual cost of being connected to the network. Opponents of
17th Feb 2016
AUSVEG Our New Strategic Partners
Aren’t vegetables just the greatest? Nutritious, natural and oh so delicious – we’re especially fans of the ones grown right here in Australia by our hard working farmers. For these reasons and more, it’s our pleasure to announce our new strategic partnership with AUSVEG, Australia’s peak industry body representing Aussie vegie and potato growers – around 9,000 of them in fact! AUSVEG is committed to ensuring a green and leafy future for their members – and naturally they’ve recognised the opportunity for growers to use renewable energy as a means to cut costs and boost profit. As strategic
17th Feb 2016
community
There are so many benefits of installing solar panels on public buildings and facilities – yet one simple factor often gets in the way: funding. More and more however, we’re seeing how a little innovative thinking is helping local organisations to overcome this challenge. There’s perhaps no better example of this than Bowls Safety Bay Inc. – a bowling club in the WA suburb of Shoalwater with over 550 members, four synthetic greens and a clubhouse. Like many clubs of this type, the facility demands a lot of electricity to run throughout the day and so overheads are high. Installing a commercial
11th Feb 2016
The Duck Curve – And What It Means For You
With the huge uptake of residential solar power here in Australia and around the world, a new phenomenon is emerging in the way electricity is generated and consumed through the grid. And it’s called the ‘Duck Curve’. This strange sounding occurrence is being caused by the shifting energy demands of the population. Basically, during the day we’re relying a lot less on the grid. Plenty of smart Aussies have installed solar panels, meaning they’re creating their own clean electricity. But as the sun goes down (and much of the population returns home from work), a sudden spike in the need for