The solar system to take Flinders Island to 100% renewables

October 22, 2018 admin Leave a comment

The solar system to take Flinders Island to 100% renewables


Flinders Island has always had a very high cost supply of energy. This is largely due to its reliance on diesel fuel as a source of power. Yet the price faced by consumers of electricity on the island is more in line with some of the rates being paid on the mainland, due to subsidies which keep it below the cost of production (which is around 50c/kWh).

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Why do we need 3 inspectors for solar systems?

October 19, 2018 admin Leave a comment

Why do we need 3 inspectors for solar systems?

Solar installations are a relatively straightforward specialisation of the electrical trade. They're no different in skill and aptitude to installing split system air-conditioners (possibly even simpler when you take into account recovering gas and regassing of the units in case of a leak) or wiring a house.

6 reasons why smaller solar is not better

October 17, 2018 admin Leave a comment

6 reasons why smaller solar is not better

I was surprised to hear the Alternative Technology Association suggesting going for smaller solar systems is better (Solar payback: Smaller is better, September 24). Such a position would lead to less overall solar capacity being deployed across the nation. I struggle to see how this would be in-line with their core mission which is to advocate.

Nine myths about new energy

October 15, 2018 admin Leave a comment

Nine myths about new energy

 

I will begin this list with my first introduction to a myth about renewable energy, put forward by the 'pro-nuclear, pro-coal, anti-renewable' advocates circa 2005:

 

1) ‘We could never integrate more than 5% intermittent renewables (they meant wind and solar) into an electricity grid.’

The 10 dumb myths of solar installers

October 11, 2018 admin Leave a comment

The 10 dumb myths of solar installers

As mentioned in a previous article, I've been arranging the installation of a number of solar systems lately. And I like to do them big (the efficient option); I like to get them for the lowest price (within reason, because I want a good job with reasonable quality components); and I like to make sure the economics are understood and that customers are maximising self-consumption while recognising economic value for their exports.