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Tindo Solar, Australia’s Only Solar Panel Manufacturer, Bought By SA’s Cool or Cosy

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Tindo Solar is now owned by SA company ‘Cool or Cosy’.

Tindo Solar, Australia’s only manufacturer of Solar panels has been bought by South Australia’s insulation, solar installation, and energy efficiency company Cool or Cosy.

The deal was announced on… Well actually, it hasn’t been announced yet1.  But since I’m from Queensland, obviously I know Julian Assange, so you can trust me to know all the secrets. [Continue reading…]

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  1. apart from in the Adelaide Advertiser yesterday – but that’s behind a paywall – so doesn’t count

A Reader’s Frustrations With The Enphase Enlighten Monitoring System

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Enphase panel monitoring is a great feature. But some Enphase installers flat out refuse to enable it.

There are many people in this world who enjoy monitoring the output of their rooftop solar systems.

But other people – not so much.  For example, I don’t think my parents have checked the output of their system since they got it.  My father just looks at the electricity bill every three months and grunts, “Power bill low.  Is good.” And then goes back to making stone tools.

But for those who enjoy the heady pleasures of solar system monitoring, modern technology can provide the fix you’re looking for. [Continue reading…]

OneSolar Review. One Word: Avoid

one solar solar panels

When it comes to choosing solar panels and inverters, we recommend sticking to well known brands. Over the years we’ve seen lots of obscure panel brands hit Australian shores, often with slick websites, and almost always with dubious claims of being ‘engineered’ in anywhere-but-China. Our experience is that the quality of these mysterious brands is often poor, […]

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Billionaire’s Gambit – Why we should accept Musk’s offer.

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Last Thursday in a trendy re-purposed Substation near Melbourne, Elon Musk’s cousin Lyndon Rive claimed he could solve SA’s energy woes in 100 days. How? By installing 100-300MWh of batteries. Big Call. A day later, via Twitter, Aussie tech billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes asks Musk if he’s serious about “100MW1” of batteries in 100 days. Musk wagers […]

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The Billionaire’s Gambit – Why we should politely decline.

  Note from Finn: This post is Ronald’s considered opinion of Elon Musk’s offer. My personal opinion (with caveats) is that we should accept the offer. I’ll publish a post later today with my reasoning.   Elon Musk has offered to sell South Australia large scale Tesla battery storage of 100 megawatt-hours or more.  He says […]

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SunPower And SMA Choose To (Very Discreetly) Manufacture In China

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  China produces far more solar panels, far more solar inverters, and god knows how many more batteries than any other country in existence.  China has been called the workshop of the world1 and has repeatedly shown itself to be capable of producing high quality, reliable goods. Footnotes The United States has been called the […]

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Tesla Kills Off DC Powerwall 2. AC Powerwall Delayed

powerwall 2 DC is dead

I was just relaxing by listening to the musical version of the Massacre of Mankind when I suddenly got some news from the solar grapevine1 concerning the Tesla Powerwall 2.  To cut a short story even shorter: The DC version of the Powerwall 2 is dead! Long live the AC version! If it ever gets […]

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Solar Panel Maintenance: How often should they be inspected?

Is getting your panels inspected worth the expense? In the end, it comes down to how safe you really consider your rooftop solar to be.

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Tesla Powerwall 2 Vs Ampetus Super Lithium

Ironman vs superman

A lot of attention has been paid to the Tesla Powerwall 2 lately on account of how it promises to dramatically cut the cost of home energy storage.  And when I wrote “promises” I chose that word carefully on account of how that’s all we got at the moment.  We won’t know what it’s capable […]

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Blackouts In SA While Generators Stand Idle & Politicians Bicker

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Late on Wednesday afternoon, in the middle of a heatwave, electricity was cut off to roughly 90,000 Adelaide properties for around 45 minutes. Because I have access to a working TV at the moment1 I have seen an implausible number of people shitting bricks over this incident.  So many bricks I could use them to […]

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