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Tesla Powerwall vs SolarEdge Home Battery. Which is best?
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For over six years, Tesla Powerwall has been the undisputed leader in home battery storage.  But now, there’s a new contender on the block that promises to give Powerwall a run for its money. That contender is the SolarEdge Home

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What makes a good solar inverter?
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There are over 800 solar inverters on the Clean Energy Council approved product list.  How do you whittle this list down to find the best solar inverter for your home? This blog post helps you do just that! We start

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Free heat pump for Victorian homes upgrading from an old electric hot water system
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Free heat pump on the cards for Victorian homes upgrading from an old electric hot water system Do you live in Victoria?  And do you have an inefficient electric hot water system that’s at least three years old? If you

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Act now before the Victorian battery rebate drops
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Victorian homeowners need to act quickly if they want a $3,500 battery rebate before it drops in value. Rebate deadline 30 June 2022 The deadline for getting a solar battery rebate is 30 June 2022. After that, the value of

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Powercor households stand to save even more with solar
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This blog is relevant if you live in the Powercor network area which is: Melbourne western suburbs  central, western, and north-west Victoria.    Map of Powercor network distribution area   For anyone thinking about installing solar panels in the Powercor network

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How much can you save with home battery storage?
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What can you expect to save off your electricity bill by installing a battery?  What are the other financial benefits that battery storage can provide your household – apart from direct bill savings? These are burning questions for anyone thinking

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What to look out for when shopping around for solar feed-in tariffs
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How do you get the best deal for your solar feed-in tariff?  And how do you avoid signing up for an electricity deal that charges you over the odds? A recent ABC report found that, on average, Australian households can

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Advantages of installing solar and battery storage at the same time
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If you’re thinking of getting rooftop solar panels and a home battery storage system at the same time, you’re thinking smart. By taking this approach, you can get the best combination of solar and storage technology on the market. Plus,

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How to make your home EV ready
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Are you thinking of purchasing an electric vehicle?  If so, you’re in the majority. Recent surveys have found that three in five Australians would consider going electric for their next car purchase. However, at present we are behind the rest

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Electricity prices to rise up to 18.3 per cent from July 1
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Australian households already buffeted by the rising cost-of-living, will soon be hit with electricity price hikes of up to 18 per cent. From July 1, the benchmark price for electricity will rise across most Australian states adding hundreds of dollars

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What solar panel rebates can I get in 2022?
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Australian households looking to get solar panels can access government rebates and incentives that cut the cost of going solar. There are three types of solar panel rebates and incentives available to Australian households: Government rebates Government interest-free loans Feed-in

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SolarEdge Home Battery
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SolarEdge, the world’s #1 inverter manufacturer, has launched its SolarEdge Home Battery in Australia.  The SolarEdge Home Battery is a 10-kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery that plugs straight into the SolarEdge inverter.  It is part of the SolarEdge Energy Hub, a

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Is solar worth buying if you’re a business owner who leases their premises?
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Yes, a commercial solar panel system is worth buying if you are a business owner who leases their premises. That’s because most businesses consume the majority of their electricity between 9am and 5pm, which is when solar panels work the

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Household Solar Rebates State by State, 2022
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This blog provides a state-by-state guide to the solar panel and battery rebates that Australian households can access in 2022. There are three main sources of solar rebates and financial incentives for Australians installing solar panels or a battery on

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More Victorian businesses can now apply for solar rebate
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More small businesses will be able to access the benefits of solar power with the support of a solar rebate thanks to a recent announcement by the Victorian Government. Now, Victorian businesses with up to 50 employees can apply for

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Will my solar panels still work when it’s cold and cloudy?
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Winter is approaching. As the weather gets cooler, the number of days that are cloudy and overcast are increasing. If you’re thinking about getting solar panels on your home, this may be a concern. You may be wondering whether solar

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Vic rebates now for solar panels and heat pumps
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Victorian homeowners can now access rebates and an interest-free loan worth up to $3,800 for solar panels and a hot water heat pump system through the Victorian Government’s Solar Homes Program. Before this state government announcement, homeowners could only get

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What’s the best solar feed-in tariff in Victoria?
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The best solar feed-in tariff in Victoria at the time of writing (May 2022) is 20 cents per kilowatt hour – and it’s from Origin. It’s a great headline rate, however there are a few catches. To get this rate

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What type of solar inverter should I get?
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There are four main types of solar inverter used in residential grid-connect solar power systems: string inverters, microinverters, power optimizers with string inverter, and hybrid inverters. Each type of inverters has its pluses and minuses.  Choosing the right solar inverter

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SolarEdge vs Enphase: Which is best?
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If you’re shopping around for a new solar panel system, chances are you’ll come across SolarEdge and Enphase.  Both are excellent solar inverter systems; arguably two of the best solar systems money can buy. The reason why Enphase and SolarEdge

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What is the Australian Government solar rebate?
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If you buy a solar panel system for your home or business, it will be subsidised through a federal government solar rebate scheme which reduces the upfront cost of your solar system by around 30 per cent. This government scheme

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The Future Home is All-Electric
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Exciting technologies are being developed that will make our homes – and our cars – smarter, greener, more comfortable, and cheaper to run.  Almost without exception, these new technologies are based on the concept of the all-electric home. This blog

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Best commercial solar inverters, 20-40kW
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Most leading solar inverter manufacturers make three-phase inverters for commercial solar installations. These range in size from 10kW to 100kW plus. This blog reviews six of the leading solar inverters in the 20kW to 40kW category.  This size solar panel

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What to look for in a solar company
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With thousands of solar companies in Australia, how do you choose the right solar company to install your solar power system? This post provides a 15-point checklist of what to look for in a solar company.  Keep this list to

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Should I install solar on my commercial premises?
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If your business operates 9-5, installing solar is a great way to reduce your electricity costs and improve your bottom line. It’s also a terrific way to demonstrate your business’s green credentials; something that will win you brownie points with

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Can I install a single-phase inverter on a three-phase home?
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Yes, you can install a single-phase inverter on a three-phase home.  It is a good solution because you get the full value of your solar generation across all three phases, and you don’t have to pay for a more expensive

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Why your next hot water system should be a heat pump
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Hot water heating accounts for 20 per cent of the total energy bill of most Australian homes. The best way to lower your hot water heating bills is to install a heat pump hot water system and power it with

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How safe is your solar?
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Most solar panel systems are perfectly safe and cause no harm to property or people.  However, poorly installed solar systems using low quality products can be risky. The risk can arise with solar panel systems that use a string inverter. 

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Solar and EV charging: Key facts
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Getting the right solar set-up to charge your electric car at home is important. The good news is that most solar households can produce enough free solar electricity to charge an electric car to cover the typical daily commute. Better

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Buying solar on finance: Why it’s a smart move
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Why pay for solar with cash? You finance your car and your phone – why not solar as well? Solar pays for itself. A well-designed solar panel system, paid for on finance, should be cashflow positive from day one. Your

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Risen solar panels: now with 25-year product warranty
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Risen Energy announced last week that it has increased its product warranty from 15 to 25 years on selected solar panels in Australia. This is a big deal for Australian solar customers. Why? It’s because most solar panels come with

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The difference between a workmanship warranty and full system warranty
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If you’re thinking of installing solar panels, there are two important warranties to watch out for: the workmanship warranty and the full system warranty. A workmanship warranty should come as standard with any solar panel system purchased in Australia. However,

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Why landlords should install solar for their tenants
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For many landlords, the idea of spending several thousand dollars to install solar panels on their rental property seems ludicrous. Why would you do that if you don’t pay the electricity bills? Of course, there’s the feel good factor from

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Export limited? Should I not get solar?
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You’re keen to get solar panels on your home.  You’ve got a quote.  But then you find out that you aren’t allowed to export your surplus solar to the grid. That doesn’t seem fair, right?  You won’t be able to

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Free in-home energy monitor for Victorian homes
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If you can’t measure it, you can’t monitor it.  This saying holds true for your home electricity usage, as much as anything else. If you know how much electricity you and your family are using – and what it’s costing

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How much solar power do I need to charge my electric car at home?
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Petrol prices are skyrocketing and, as a result, interest in electric cars is going through the roof.  Driving around, it’s amazing to see the number of new electric vehicles on the roads. Whilst powering your EV with grid electricity is

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All electric home: Why ditching gas and going all-electric is the way to go
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  You’re planning a new build.  Or maybe you want to cut the energy costs in your existing home.  What’s best?  Gas or electric? This post explains why ditching gas and going all-electric is the way to go.  Installing efficient

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Building or renovating? Why you should get three-phase power plus solar.
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  When building a new home or renovating, you want to be well-informed about energy efficiency. One of the key decisions to make is whether you want a single-phase or three-phase power connection to the electricity grid. Traditionally most Australian

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Top Tips for Installing Solar for New Build Homes
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Building a new home gives you the opportunity to get your solar infrastructure set up properly at the outset, saving you time and money down the track. Right now, you may just want solar panels.  But in the not-to-distant future,

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How do Virtual Power Plants Work?
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A Virtual Power Plant, or VPP, is a network of connected homes each with their own solar panels system and battery storage. VPPs are an exciting technological innovation in electricity distribution.  Still relatively new, they promise to improve the resilience

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Cannon-Brookes AGL Takeover Bid: What’s it all about?
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Australia’s biggest electricity retailer, AGL, has rejected an “unsolicited” takeover bid by Australian tech billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes and $A1 trillion Canadian asset manager Brookfield. The Cannon-Brookes plan is to spend $20 billion to get AGL to net zero carbon emissions

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Australia’s dirtiest and greenest electricity retailers ranked in new Green Electricity Guide
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  With over 3 million rooftop solar systems on Australian homes, it’s clear that as a nation we’re on-board with the benefits of renewable energy.  But what about the electricity we buy from the grid?  How green is it?  Does

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Choosing the right air conditioner when going solar
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Did you know that an inefficient heating and cooling system can account for up to 40 per cent of your annual energy use? Switching to an energy-efficient reverse cycle split system air conditioner will lower your heating and cooling bills

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Can my solar panels be recycled?
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The short answer is yes! Solar panel recycling plants are cropping up across Australia that promise to recycle 100% of your old panels. This is a good thing because more and more panels are reaching end-of-life.  It is estimated that

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ACT Solar and Battery Rebates
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The ACT has one of the most ambitious emission reduction targets in the world – 100 per cent net zero emissions by 2045. To support this target, the ACT Government provides generous solar and battery rebates – as well as

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How many solar panels do I need to power my house?
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How do you work out the number of solar panels you’ll need for your home?  This is probably the #1 question we get asked by prospective customers every day! Look around your neighbourhood and you’ll see houses with 8 or

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What size battery do I need?
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Battery storage is becoming increasingly popular amongst Australian homeowners.  Rising electricity prices combined with falling feed-in tariffs are prompting many people to wonder whether they would be better off storing their surplus solar rather than exporting it to the grid.

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Why the “Sun Tax” is nothing to worry about
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Australia’s so-called “Sun Tax” is a new export tariff that charges solar owners for solar electricity they send to the grid.  The new rules regarding the export charge will take effect on 1 July 2022, but electricity retailers won’t be

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Best solar panels for your home in 2022
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With over 300 solar panel brands worldwide, consumers are spoilt for choice. But sometimes too much choice creates confusion. How do you choose a good solar panel brand for your home? Which panel will stand the test of time and

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Watch out for 5+5 warranties on solar inverters
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The warranty on your solar inverter is the most important of all the warranties for your solar panels system. Both the brains and workhorse of your solar system, the inverter is also the part that’s most likely to fail. At

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