Archive for April 2014 | Monthly archive page

Solar power saves hundreds of dollars for single mum | Ipswich Queensland Times

ELECTRICITY bills of zero are the massive spin-off Thagoona’s Larrissa Williams has experienced after installing solar panels on her roof. Instead of bills of $1000 a quarter, she now pays nothing. Ms Williams is one of an increasing number of Ipswich residents moving to solar power. She started off with a three-kilowatt system with 11 […]

Hervey Bay third-biggest adopter of solar power in nation | Caboolture News

HERVEY Bay is the third-biggest adopter of solar power in Australia, a solar power advocacy group says – and it’s not for the environment that we’re doing it. Easing the pressure on our wallets is the main motivator for the 6641 households that have installed solar panels in Hervey Bay according to the national Solar […]

Govt releases climate change paper

The Federal Government has released details of its Direct Action policy to tackle climate change. The long awaited government white paper on climate change was released on Thursday, with the Government pledging that another one billion dollars will be allocated in the May budget “with further funding to be considered in future budgets”. Auctions for […]

Glamour camping over Easter – ABC Darwin – Australian Broadcasting Corporation

To go with that could be your solar powered tent with flexible LCD screen, electronic barbecue tongs and for the lady who has everything, hiking heels. Perhaps you aren’t aware of the world of glamping – or glamour camping. As people get ‘back to nature’ increasingly they are seeking mod cons, explains Andrea Ferris who […]

South Australia doubles its rooftop solar capacity – Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production

South Australia, the Australian state with the largest number of installed rooftop solar photovoltaic systems, saw a significant rise in on-site solar installations in 2013. According to reports from utility infrastructure fund and power provider Spark Infrastructure, the state ended the year with 548 MW of rooftop solar on 157,000 rooftops, after beginning the year […]


Electricity prices up 13.6% Solar systems prices to rise NEXT

With the pending removal of the RET Solar system prices are set to jump. The rise could be as much as $4500 in the case of a 5Kw system, should the RET be abolished and the STC prices fall. If you’re considering Solar then Now is the lowest I would expect to see prices for quite some […]


Australian Technical Guidelines for Monitoring and Analysing Photovoltaic Systems

Download as PDF Monitoring of photovoltaic systems is required for the detection of operational issues, and to compare the performance of different systems across a range of technologies and climates. Performance and reliability data can therefore facilitate appropriate system design and technology choice, and in the long term, establish credible expectations about PV system performance. […]



Climate-based PV Performance and Reliability NEW - PV FAULT REPORTING WEBSITE As part of this project a web-based survey has been developed for anyone who owns, operates, installs or inspects a PV system and/or has detected a fault/problem with whole or part of the system. This ‘PV Module and System Fault Reporting Portal’ has been developed to […]


Queenslanders continue to chase rooftop solar dream

The hunger for rooftop solar continues to grow in Queensland, with another 3,250 rooftop solar arrays being officially metered in March, and more than 4,000 new applications received in the same month. As this graph below shows, the number of applications has rebounded strongly in the last few months, taking the industry by surprise, which […]


Solar energy to blame for high electricity prices: Van Breda

QUEENSLAND’S state-owned power generator Stanwell is blaming schemes that benefit rooftop solar users for helping make Australia one of the world’s most expensive for energy. In a submission made to the Federal Government’s looming energy white paper, Stanwell said the national renewal energy target, carbon tax and “uncapped solar feed-in benefits” were all driving up […]