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What Everybody Ought to Know About Solar Panels And The Environment

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SVTC Solar Scorecard: A Great Idea Badly Executed

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The crotilicon Valley Toxics Coalition should be a really useful tool for solar buyers. Unfortunately it isn’t.

The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, or SVTC to its friends, is an organization that has been working hard for over 32 years to protect this life encrusted blob of nickel and iron spinning in space that we call Earth.

SVTC campaigns to promote both safe environmental practices and ethical behavior in high tech industries.  Each year since 2009 they have released a report called the SVTC Solar Scorecard that ranks solar panel manufacturers on both their environmental sustainability and ethical behavior. [Continue reading…]

2016 The Good News: CO2 Emissions Level Off, Cost Of Solar Falls

The Abbott Shield

It has become fashionable to refer to 2016 as a horrible year. An annus horribilis. If your personal annus has been horribilis, then you have my condolences. But I think, for most of the world’s population, it has actually been a pretty good year. An annus prettigoodis if you will.

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NSW Feed In Tariff Changes – Channel 9 Adds To The Confusion


Last night Channel Nine News in Sydney ran a short segment on how NSW’s high gross solar feed-in tariffs are ending in a few days time. Many of the details in this segment were not correct.

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Happy Christmas From The Crew At SolarQuotes

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From all of us here at SolarQuotes® : John, Rob, Jono, Ronald, Claudio, Chantel, Margherita, Bec and Finn, have a great Christmas under your LED and solar powered Christmas lights. See you next week, with a turkey sandwich and a post rounding up what happened in Australian Solar Land in 2016.    

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Is The Powerwall 2 A Good Investment?

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Tesla has announced the impending arrival of the Powerwall 2 at a promised price point that, on the surface, looks very compelling: $10,150 fully installed1, or  23c per warranted kWh. It seems particularly impressive when you consider that in Sydney and Perth, time-of-use tariffs can go to 50c per kWh during peak periods. That’s 23c for electricity from a battery […]

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How many solar panels should you install with a Powerwall 2?

powerwall and solar mix up

The Tesla Powerwall 2 is going to be big.  Really big.  I mean that literally and not figuratively.  It’s going to be big as in 13.5 kilowatt-hours of storage big.  From the point of view of most Australian households that is huge. This large capacity presents households with two main problems:  It is more than […]

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Should you go off grid with a Powerwall 2?


A long time ago, back in the days before we knew how lame the original Powerwall was compared to its hype or how good the Powerwall 2’s hype is compared to the original Powerwall, I wrote about whether or not my parents in sub-tropical Queensland could save money by going off-grid using lead-acid battery storage. […]

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Cost Of Powerwall 2 Drops 9% Overnight

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Tesla appears to be unsure about how much to charge Australians for the Powerwall 2. Or maybe they are sure but confused about how the Australian dollarydoo works. Perhaps they’ve been confusing it with the New Zealand doubloon or the Fijian guilder? I know I often do.

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Unwitting Warranties: A Ticking Time Bomb For The Battery Industry

dodgy battery sales guy

The other day a salesperson give me the rundown on a home battery system he had on display.  While it wasn’t cheap, it certainly appeared to be a very impressive piece of technology.  The salesperson clearly had a lot of confidence in it because, even though its written warranty was only for 10 years, he […]

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