4 Things to Look for When Hiring Solar Companies in Adelaide

Solar power systems are long-term investments. Solar panels, inverters, and batteries do not come cheap. That is why you need to be critical in choosing solar companies in Adelaide that install solar panel systems. With dozens of companies to choose from, how can you pick the best company to trust? Here’s what you should know: your relationship with your chosen company doesn’t just stop once you’re done purchasing and installing your solar power system. You will still be working with the company to provide you with after-sale services. Making the decision can be overwhelming and tricky, especially when you are not familiar with all the solar companies in Adelaide. So, to help you sift through your options, here’s a guide of the most vital factors in an excellent solar power company in Adelaide. Be keen with the company’s years in the business. Always remember that one of the most significant factors to consider is their years in the industry. Established companies have been offering services for decades. So, check how long the company has been in t installing solar power systems. While budding companies can equally provide excellent services, well-established companies have worked with hundreds or even thousands of properties. The experience gives them an edge and allows them to create better and streamlined processes. More importantly, you need to check on what types of roofs and properties do they specialise in. Have they worked on commercial buildings or residential properties? If you know all the information, write it on a piece of paper and weigh the pros and cons. Check their products. Switching to a solar power system...

What to Expect in a House with Solar Panels?

Back then, solar-powered homes were rare. However, as the world became more aware of climate change and its effects, many people are making a shift to a more sustainable energy resource – that is solar energy. While access to solar power systems in the mainstream residential market continues to be a challenge, a significant number of Australian households made the switch because of its evident benefits, including limitless energy, cost-effective resource, and cleaner alternative. All these benefits are indeed worth it, but you need to consider different factors before making the decision. While access to solar power systems in the mainstream residential market continues to be a challenge, a significant number of Australian households made the switch because of its evident benefits, including limitless energy, cost-effective resource, and cleaner alternative. All these benefits are indeed worth it, but you need to consider different factors before making the decision. Cost and Expenses: Is It Expensive? In the 1950s, solar panels work only for the rich because installing one is incredibly expensive. Today, solar panels are more than 500 times cheaper to install and manufacture. Solar technology is relatively getting cheaper as compared to other options with the average price of a 5kW system starting at $5100 across Australian capital cities. If you need less electricity, of course, the price you pay will also drastically reduce. Do I Have to Clean the System Regularly? A house with solar panel systems may require more maintenance than those using the regular power grid. However, contrary to what others say, you don’t have to do much to maintain your solar power systems. Since solar...

5 Reasons Why You Need to Switch to an SMA Sunny Boy Inverter

Every solar system requires an inverter. In fact, it is the heart and brain of the solar power system. Without it, power from the solar array will not be properly converted from DC to AC. It monitors the whole system, making sure that every component is functioning. Every solar system requires an inverter. In fact, it is the heart and brain of the solar power system. Without it, power from the solar array will not be properly converted from DC to AC. It monitors the whole system, making sure that every component is functioning. Sunny Boy Inverters: Reliable. Efficient. Cost-Effective. While the whole concept of solar energy and solar panels is not new, many people still get tangled with the process and the components necessary to make the switch. Have you been thinking of using solar power energy? Consider installing a Sunny Boy inverter to maximise your energy consumption. Every model of the SMA Sunny Boy inverter guarantees excellence. So, whether you’re a homeowner or a business owner, you’d enjoy significant cost savings and maximum control with these solutions. What’s great about the Sunny Boy inverter is that it comes with all these benefits: 1. You enjoy hassle-free installation and placement. Do you feel worried that your solar power system may require extensive work and assessment before it becomes functional? Worry no more, SMA Sunny Boy inverters are easy to install and replace. These lightweight models are adaptable and mobile, which means that they can be switched depending on the property's profile, location, and other external elements. If you’re planning to install one on your property, it should not...

Sunny Boy Inverter

High Yields Maximum efficiency of 97% Multi-String technology* Transformerless, with H5 topology Shade management with OptiTrac Global Peak Safe Integrated ESS DC switch disconnector Simple Easily accessible connection area Cable connection without tools DC plug system SUNCLIX Communicative Bluetooth technology as standard Multilingual graphic display Multi-function relay as standard Sunny Boy Inverter 3000TL / 4000TL / 5000TL Perfection Plus. Usability. The transformerless Sunny Boy generation More communicative, easier to use and more efficient than ever: this Sunny Boy Inverter is setting new standards in inverter technology. A modern graphic display, readout of daily values even aftersunset,simplified installation concept and wireless communication via Bluetooth: The new Sunny Boys Inverter fulfill every wish. With the new OptiTrac Global Peak shade management and an optimal efficiency of 97 %, the inverters ensure optimum solar yield. As transformerless, multi-string devices, the Sunny Boy Inverter 4000TL and 5000TL provide maximum flexibility for plant design, and are the first choice for demanding generator designs. Technical data Sunny Boy 3000TL Sunny Boy 4000TL Sunny Boy 4000TL/V Sunny Boy 5000TL Input (DC) Max. DC power (@ cos ϕ =1) 3200 W 4200 W 4200 W 5300 W Max. DC voltage 550 V 550 V 550 V 550 V MPP voltage range 188 V – 440 V 175 V – 440 V 175 V – 440 V 175 V – 440 V DC nominal voltage 400 V 400 V 400 V 400 V Min. DC voltage / start voltage 125 V / 150 V 125 V / 150 V 125 V / 150 V 125 V / 150 V Max. input current / per string 17 A /...

Company Fined $106,575 for Consumer Protection Law Increases

Company Fined $106,575 for Consumer Protection Law Increases The penalty handed to a Victorian company for several breaches of South Australia’s consumer protection laws should serve as a warning to all traders to ensure they’re aware of, and operate within, the law. In the Adelaide Magistrates Court yesterday, Green Engineering (Vic) Pty Ltd was fined $106,575 for breaches of both State and national consumer law. Acting Commissioner for Consumer Affairs Robert Templeton welcomed the penalty, saying it sends a clear message to businesses operating in South Australia. “Consumer and Business Services had received numerous complaints about Green Engineering (Vic) Pty Ltd, resulting in last year’s public warning notice against them,” he said. The company has now pleaded guilty to ten charges, including breaches of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), the Fair Trading Act 1987 and the Plumbers, Gas Fitters and Electricians Act 1995. The Victorian company admitted to failing to inform customers of their cooling off rights for unsolicited sales, failing to attend compulsory conciliation conferences and contracting for electrical work while unlicensed in South Australia. Three counts related to door to door sales in regional South Australia. “Under Australian consumer laws, these sales are referred to as unsolicited sales,” Mr Templeton said. “Representatives of the business did not tell customers of their right to a 10-day cooling off period, a mandated protection for consumers.” A representative of the business also failed to attend a series of compulsory conciliation conferences, arranged by CBS in an attempt to resolve complaints customers had made against Green Engineering (Vic) Pty Ltd. “By ignoring their legal obligations to attend conciliation conferences, this company...

Power One Fault E031 – Warranty Replacement

Warranty Replacement Information Error! Int. Error E031 (ABB Power One PVI-4.2-OUTD_AU) Recently, we have been attending a few inverter break downs from Power One, PVI-4.2-OUTD_AU with a Fault Error Code E031, this fault requires manufacture inverter replacement. Inverters that are less than 5 years old can receive a refurbished unit. The good news is that Power One (ABB group) are committed to ensure the inverter is replaced, additionally they offer a $180.00 compensation for the cost of replacement. Electrawise, can provide assistance in the necessary paper work to promptly ensure your replacement inverter is efficiently replaced. For speedy warranty claim please send the following information to support@electrawise.com.au 1) Your name, number and address of location of Inverter 2) Two photos are recommended. One photo showing fault code on the screen (even if the screen is blank) plus photo of the side panel showing the inverter model, serial number and WK number. 3) Invoice receipt of inverter installation day (Certificate of Compliance can also support this) 4) Call Electrawise on Call Electrawise or 08 84492196 for any other questions Down Load Power One E031...

German manufacturer achieves 21.7% efficiency

German wafer, cell and module maker SolarWorld has announced it will bring its latest world-record breaking PERC cell to market in the fall. The Munich-headquartered Fraunhofer Institute confirmed this morning (Friday) SolarWorld’s high-efficiency passivated emitter and rear cell (PERC) technology has broken its own mass-produced PERC record by achieving 21.7% efficiency. SolarWorld CEO Frank Asbeck is back in the limelight after his company broke its own PERC efficiency record. Read more: http://www.pv-magazine.com/news/details/beitrag/solarworld-breaks-own-perc-record_100020256/#ixzz3hM3lq7cw...

SA Residential Solar Tarrif Change

            As you may be aware on May 26th 2015 the South Australian Power Network released its Annual Pricing Proposal for 2015/2016. This year the proposal included a new ‘Residential with Solar’ Tariff, effectively charging home owners with solar PV systems differently to those without solar. The proposal is unfair, poorly conceived and does not meet the requirements of the National Electricity Rules, which make it clear that customers with similar load profiles should be treated no differently, regardless of solar PV installations. Clearly this proposal is discriminatory to customers with solar. It is our view that any such changes would negatively impact upon the residential solar market. We ask you to join us in taking a stand against this unfair proposal, by completing the attached letter and sending it to Tom Koutsantonis MP, seeking his public support for residential solar owners. Please ask your staff and other stakeholders to put their name down against this unfair proposal. Thank you for your support From the team at ElectraWise Download the letter here (PDF file approx size:...