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13th May 2015
Tesla Power to The People
Solar Batteries May Allow Households To Reap Profits from Surplus Energy The feed-in tariff from excess power generated by solar panels is one of the great incentives for potential solar energy customers. While solar panel owners are rightly rewarded for the extra energy they send back to the grid, they have little to no control in determining the price of that energy, nor when they decide to share it. Imagine if you, as a solar owner, were able to pull all the strings – to store surplus solar energy in your own device and to sell it at a profit when demand is high. Your home would be a
4th May 2015
UPDATE: Solar Impulse 2 Crosses China
In case you missed it, two Swiss pilots took off last month on an around the globe voyage in Solar Impulse 2 – a plane fuelled by nothing other than clean, renewable solar energy. The momentous journey is a world first, and despite some inclement weather conditions, the team is on track for a successful result. The sixth leg of the flight is now complete, with Solar Impulse 2 taking a well-earned rest stop in China where it will go through servicing for the next 10 days before preparing for a daunting five-day crossing of the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii. ‘The more I fly, the more energy I have in
20th Apr 2015
LA - Green City Of The Month
Our newest Greenie of the Month isn’t a person, or a group or a company – it’s a whole city. The city of Los Angeles in sunny California gets our nod for this month’s award for its recently released sustainability framework. Now, this framework doesn’t just pay lip service to the notion of a more sustainable future. It’s a heavy-duty, 108-page planning document that explores a whole variety of different initiatives that would greatly benefit the sprawling city’s 3.8 million people. For travellers, LA is mostly known for its high end shopping, beautiful beaches and Hollywood Stars. But for
20th Apr 2015
where to start
With so many fantastic benefits, it’s little wonder that solar panels are so commonly seen on rooftops across Australia. They can lower your power bills, reduce your environmental impact, harness Australia’s sunny conditions and add value to your home. But when it comes to choosing a solar power system, what’s best for you? Firstly, let’s look at the three main components that will make up your system – solar panels, solar inverters and the mounting system. Solar Panels The three most popular solar panels in Australia are Polycrystalline/Multicrystalline, Monocrystalline and Quasi
20th Apr 2015
choosing panels
Solar panels are a long term investment. So it’s important to do a bit of your own research before making your purchase. Luckily, we’ve prepared an easy-to-follow guide including all the important info, tips and considerations to think about when choosing solar panels. Solar Panel Shopping – What To Consider Cost Not all solar panels are equal. Prices vary depending on size, brand reputation, quality of materials, durability, warranty and any certifications the panels might have. Choosing solar panels on price alone isn’t always a great idea. Go for the biggest and the best panels, and they
12th Mar 2015
Solar Incentives Are Still Available
There’s no doubting it. Renewable energy is one of the hot topics of 2015. And whilst the debate around the state of solar rages on in Government and the media, it’s not always easy to gain a crystal clear idea of the incentives that come with making the switch. Whilst the misinformation regarding solar can sometimes muddy the waters, you can rest assured that solar is here to stay and there’s still plenty of reasons to get on board. Up-Front Savings - STCs Most residential solar owners can continue to take advantage of a rebate (or STCs – Small Scale Technology Certificates) when purchasing
12th Mar 2015
smart apps
Welcome to the age of apps. Smart phone apps that is. Where pretty much every part of your day can be enhanced, simplified, tracked and recorded by a little square thumbnail that sits on your phone’s background. Incredible isn’t it? OK, so maybe not all apps are that life enriching… Luckily for you, we’ve sorted through the sea of apps out there to bring you five ‘greeny’ favourites that will help you to make a positive impact on our environment. CarbonTrack If you tracked your business’ carbon footprint, would you like what you saw? CarbonTrack is an app designed to give businesses an idea of
12th Mar 2015
solar plane
The true power of solar energy never ceases to amaze us here at Solargain. And its seemingly limitless potential is about to be witnessed on a global scale with two Swiss pilots attempting the first flight around the world in a solar-powered plane. That’s right, the plane will soar over the entire circumference of planet Earth over five historic months on nothing but clean, sustainable, renewable solar energy – not a drop of fuel needed here. Solar Impulse 2 is the state-of-the-art solar-powered plane in question. The plane is ultra-light (no heavier than a standard family car) largely due to
21st Feb 2015
qcell
Ideas were buzzing, technology showcased and trade secrets swapped when Hanwha Q CELLS, the world’s largest solar cell manufacturer, visited Solargain. Solargain consultants all around the country were treated to a special visit by the Korean solar giants who dropped by to give us a sneak peek into their latest innovations. Hanwha Q CELLS consistently produce some of the finest solar energy technology – highlighted by the first place prize that their solar modules took out over all other polycrystalline modules in the 2013 Photon awards. On top of that, the Desert Knowledge Australia testing
15th Feb 2015
40kinstalls
Solargain is proud to announce the completion of our 40,000th solar installation! The 40,000 milestone mark is comprised of over 10,000 solar hot water installations and well over 30,000 solar PV installations – an achievement that represents a shift in the mindset of many Australians towards the use of renewables as well as Solargain’s commitment to providing quality, affordable solar power systems that make a difference in people’s lives. With locations across Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Newcastle, Sydney and regional Western Australia, we’ve helped customers all across the country
3rd Feb 2015
hybrid inverters
Here at Solargain we’re excited to announce our soon-to-be-released Hybrid Inverters which will have the option for battery storage – that is, batteries that store excess solar energy to use during peak times! Whilst conventional inverters require additional accessories to be retrofitted in order to make them solar battery compatible, hybrid inverters are ‘storage-ready’, which means you’re able to install batteries right away. For current customers with traditional inverters installed, most of Solargain’s inverter models will soon offer retrofit equipment to make them battery compatible. By
3rd Feb 2015
Starbucks
Starbucks is leading the green charge one bean at a time. Rotate your body 360 degrees just about anywhere in downtown Manhattan and you’re almost guaranteed to spot a Starbucks cafe. They’re everywhere! The Starbucks phenomenon isn’t just limited to the States, either. Starbucks is well and truly a global organisation with over 21,000 stores in 65 countries (including 24 cafes across Australia). That means a lot of milk (over 90 million gallons a year), a stack of cups (well over two billion to be precise), huge energy consumption and the collective pupil dilations of millions around the