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Australian Politicians Confuse Wind Power And Powerful Winds

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Which of our elected politicians can tell the difference? Read on to find out…

Yesterday all of South Australia was blacked out and parts of the state are still without grid power today. This occurred because a powerful storm damaged transmission lines and the entire state grid automatically shut down as a safety precaution to prevent more damage.

Restarting a grid after a complete shutdown is complex and requires several hours. And it took several hours for grid power to start to be restored.

There is no mystery to what happened. It is very simple:

1. There was a really big storm.
2. Transmission lines were damaged.
3. The grid shut down automatically as a safety precaution, like it should have.

If you don’t believe power lines were damaged by strong winds, here is a picture of high voltage, steel girder, transmission towers near Port Augusta.  The wind bent them over so their tops touch the ground.

This picture shows how unusual the situation was. Transmission towers do not normally lie down on the ground to take a rest.

In addition to gale force winds there were also so many lightning strikes they would have been countless if someone hadn’t counted them and tornadoes. As more detailed information is reported we will probably learn if it was lightning strikes, gale force winds, or a big willy willy that provided the straw that safety precautioned the camel’s back. [Continue reading…]

Is Solar Panel Cleaning A Waste Of Time And Money?

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Solar Panel Cleaning – It’s A Dirty Job, But Nobody Has To Do It

The day your solar panels are installed is the day you will get the best performance out of them.  After that it is all down hill. Admittedly, it is a very shallow hill and it might take over 40 years to get to the bottom, but day one is going to be as good as it gets.

One of the reasons for this is dirt. As soon as your panels are out in the open in the clean air, or not so clean air, dust will start to settle on them, blocking sunlight, reducing their efficiency, and costing you money.

The obvious solution is to pay someone to clean those panels or get out there and clean them yourself. And sometimes this obvious solution will be a sensible course of action. If a dust storm has covered your panels in dirt or pelicans have had a poop party on your roof, then it’s a pretty good idea.

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Misleading Statements On Sunrise Hurt Solar Industry

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On Sunday morning the program Sunrise had a segment on solar power and battery storage. While I am glad whenever popular TV takes the opportunity to educate people on these topics, that wasn’t what happened here. It was the opposite of education, as anyone watching it could easily come away believing the following three things: […]

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Goodwe’s GW2500-BP DC Converter: The Cheapest Way To Retrofit Batteries?

This this the best diagram ever.

If you own a solar system and want to add batteries then, in theory, the cheapest way to do this is to simply plug your batteries into your existing solar inverter. The solar inverter can then convert the batteries’ DC power into AC power, just like it does for your solar. Unfortunately, in practice, regular solar […]

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Cheapest Electricity Plans For Solar Owners Revealed

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, electricity bills are confusing. If you are one of those rare people who don’t find electricity bills confusing, then I have two things to say to you. Firstly, “Good for you”. Secondly, “When are you returning to your home planet?” because I find it hard to […]

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Does Battery Storage Help Or Hurt The Environment?

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Millions of Australians have installed rooftop solar to help the environment and save money. Many are hoping home battery storage will soon let them do the same. The cost of home energy storage is falling rapidly and it may not be long before it pays for itself.  But at its current price it will not […]

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Going off grid with Redflow’s ZCell? Here’s how to handle the ‘maintenance purge’.

Yesterday, Aussie solar veteran Tony Smith left an interesting question at the bottom of our ZCell battery review. Tony asked, for an off grid application, how to handle the fact that the ZCell battery needs to shut down so it can perform maintenance mode every week or so:

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Aquion Battery Review: Safe… But Limited Power & Efficiency

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Keen on storing your excess solar in a big battery? Worried about having a big box of toxic and/or flammable chemicals in your home? Then you’ll want to know about the Aquion battery and its salt water technology.

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Victoria’s Residential Demand Tariffs: Designed To Cripple Rooftop Solar?

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Residential demand tariffs are now available in Australia, and I recommend you watch out for them. If you are a modest user of grid electricity, as many solar owners are, they have the ability to blow your electricity bill through the ceiling.

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How Residential Demand Tariffs Could Add $1000’s To Your Bill

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Electricity companies around Australia are starting to roll out a new way to charge you for electricity. It is called a residential demand tariff. Unsurprisingly this new tariff can result in higher bills for you, and higher profits for them. This post is important. It will explain to you what a demand tariff is, how it […]

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