Friday 19th August, 2016
The Australian Government’s small-scale technology (STC) certificates scheme will begin phasing out from January 1, 2017. Though it’s not technically referred to as a ‘solar rebate’ the initiative effectively works like one and so we’ll call it that for the purposes of this article. Introduced in 2011 as part of the Australian Renewable Energy Target (RET), the...
Thursday 11th August, 2016
What Can I Do To Reduce My Bills
The New South Wales Solar Bonus Scheme is a solar feed in tariff program paying homeowners either 20 or 60 cents per kilowatt hour for the power generated by their solar energy system. The scheme, which was designed to encourage solar power installation, closed to new participants in 2011 and applies to over 140,000 residents in NSW. Set to finish by the end of 2016, the Solar Bonus Scheme...
Tuesday 2nd August, 2016
Solar panels although simple they are far from boring. It’s only until you learn how solar panels work that you truly appreciate how clever they are. So, how do solar panels work? The first thing to know is that panels rely on light from the sun, not heat. In fact, most solar panels become less efficient in extremely hot conditions. Solar panels convert sunlight into DC electricity. When photons...
Thursday 28th July, 2016
What It Takes To Be A Quality Solar Supplier
Plenty of customers shopping for solar panels go through hours of research and comparison to identify a good panel and inverter and then mistakenly assume that all they need to do is find an installer for the lowest price. However, choosing good panels and a quality inverter is only the first step towards a smooth solar power experience. In a recent study by Choice on solar power...
Wednesday 20th July, 2016
Introducing SolarWorld The Only Bloomberg (Q1 2016) Tier one German Made Solar Panel Available In Australia “The Best Solar Power System Is Always The Best Investment” states the brochure produced by SolarWorld – sellers of high-tech solar power solutions based in Germany, and here at Solargain we couldn’t agree more. It’s a big claim, but one that they can definitely back up. Recently, one...
Thursday 14th July, 2016
How To Monitor Your Solar Inverter So you’ve installed a solar power system. Now all you have to do is sit back and relax for the next few decades whilst it takes care of all the hard work. Right? Sort of. If you’ve installed a good quality system, there’s no reason why it won’t run smoothly and efficiently for many years. But nevertheless, switching to solar isn’t a ‘set and forget’ exercise...
Wednesday 29th June, 2016
How to make an investment that will save you money
There aren’t many purchases you can make that are simultaneously practical, self-satisfying and destined to save you money. How to make an investment that will save you money So rather than using your tax return cash on a bill or other expense, why not use it to make an investment that will save you money by installing solar power instead? A lot of us view tax return money as a bonus – money...
Wednesday 22nd June, 2016
7 Ways to stop a hot water system leaking
  If you’ve noticed that your hot water system is leaking water, it’s a good idea to identify the cause as soon as possible. Often, hot water system leaks are caused by minor issues, though in some cases you’ll need to get a qualified plumber to repair or replace your unit. Common Causes of Water Heater Leaks Why do hot water systems leak? There are plenty of...
Friday 17th June, 2016
When weighing up solar power systems for his home, it all came down to reliability, diverse features and the option of a back-up battery for local Helena Valley resident Peter M, who spent six months researching solar and an extra six months researching battery back-up systems for his home. Peter chose a 5.2kW array with a Fronius Symo Hybrid inverter which offered the flexibility of adding a...
Thursday 9th June, 2016
After installing your solar power system, it’s important to maintain it to ensure it keeps working hard, safely and efficiently. Here are some tips on maintaining and cleaning solar panels. The first and often only thing people think of to keep their system performing safely and efficiently is to get someone to come and clean their solar panels. Whilst cleaning your panels is sometimes required...