Author Archives: Millium Chan

What Size Solar System Do You Actually Need?

With the adverse effects of global warming, people are becoming more interested in making environmentally friendly decisions, from using fewer plastic bags to reusable coffee cups, and of course, switching to renewable energy — which can be seen with the exponential growth in the number of households with a solar system installation.  When you look […]

Calculating Payback period for solar

The solar energy industry has seen a rapid boom in popularity in recent years. In 2009, as much as 20GW of solar systems were installed worldwide, and currently, the number of installed solar systems has increased rapidly at 480GW, a rate of 24 times of growth in just over a decade. With this fast-paced growth […]

SA Home Battery Scheme – What to know

The Home Battery Scheme is a subsidy for all grid-connected systems – provided by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation – to help pay for the cost of a home battery system. It is available to all South Australians buying a energy-storage equipped solar PV system. The subsidy only covers the battery component of a system. […]

What to know about String and Micro-Inverters, and DC-optimizers

Solar energy systems have a lot of moving parts to them and any one of them could fail. Inverters are arguably important part of a solar system and there are primarily a few ways that they can be set up – string inverters, inverters with power optimizers or micro inverters. In this article we will […]

Are Solar Batteries worth the investment in Australia in 2021?

In Australia there are only 110,000 households with energy storage, less than 5% of solar adopters. Battery systems allow households to reduce their dependence on traditional on-grid electricity. But battery systems are costly, and have high pay-back periods. Adding a battery to a residential solar system can double the amount of self-generated electricity consumption. For […]

Commercial solar, a good investment for businesses?

Australian businesses looking to cut their energy costs might be considering investing in rooftop solar. Over the last 10 years, Australian power prices have doubled and are expected to rise by another 4% per year on average. Solar is officially the cheapest form of electricity available, and a very safe investment in 2021. The Australian […]

Flexible Solar Exports: What to know

Also known as ‘dynamic export limiting’, it is an alternative to low or zero export limits, via the introduction of ‘Flexible Exports’ which automatically adjusts between 1.5kW to 10kW of export limiting per phase. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is funding trials for flexible exports in Victoria and South Australia, shaping up as a […]

Calling all South Australians, please recycle your solar panels

Source: Although Australia is the world leader in the installation of residential rooftop solar panels, we’re not very good at recycling them. Most broken or expired panels end up in landfill which does not only create an environmental problem but it also takes away space where we could be recycling these materials instead of […]

Things to watch out for in Solar Retailers

When buying solar, there are a few things to keep in mind. We’ve compiled some tips to avoid any headache further down your solar journey. Be sure to focus on the important aspects of your purchase as it’s a substantial investment and one you’ll be living with for a long time.  Recommendation The best place […]

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