Balancing Act: Do You Need Three Batteries On A 3 Phase House?
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by Anthony Bennett
2d ago
It wasn’t so long ago that 1kW was the average size of a solar power system. Keen customers bought 1.5kW. The first 2kW job I did was on a garage full of Mercs that overlooked a winery. Fast forward just a decade and a half and 6.6kW has become the basic measuring stick for quotes ..read more
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I Just Bought The Cheapest Electric Car In Australia… Again
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by Anthony Bennett
4d ago
I can’t quite believe it’s been over a year since I penned an article about buying my first EV. Despite my Mitsubishi i-MiEV being the cheapest in the country at the time, dropping $17,000 on an 11-year-old car was a little impulsive. However, with just 25,000km on the clock, it was about the newest car ..read more
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City Living With An EV: Charging Solutions for Those Without Driveways
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by Kim Wainwright
1w ago
Living in the city makes it hard for electric car owners without off-street parking. It’s tough to find a place to charge, dissuading many inner city dwellers from buying electric cars. Forums and social media show passionate and divided opinions about what’s acceptable for urban EV owners who need to charge on the street and ..read more
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Hanwha QCELLS To Exit Australia
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by Finn Peacock
1w ago
In a significant development for the Australian solar market, solar panel and battery importer, Hanwha QCELLS Australia – who operated in the mid to high end of the market – has let the solar industry know it will be closing its business in Australia. Here’s what you need to know if you’ve purchased or are ..read more
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Queensland Battery Rebate: A Guide for Homeowners
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by Finn Peacock
1w ago
The QLD government has just kicked off the Battery Booster program, a straightforward Queensland battery rebate aimed at reducing the upfront cost of adding a battery to your solar power system. Here’s the no-frills breakdown. Battery Rebates Available Standard Rebate: A rebate of up to $3,000 off a solar battery is available for applicants with ..read more
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Refurbished Realities: Joe’s Warranty Tussle With His Tesla Powerwall
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by Kim Wainwright
1w ago
If your brand-new Powerwall falters, brace yourself for nothing more than a refurbished replacement from Tesla. At least that’s the experience SolarQuotes reader Joe had when his Powerwall stopped working two months after being installed. To add insult to injury, the refurbished battery had a significantly reduced capacity compared to the original one. Joe wouldn’t ..read more
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Pint Glasses to Power Grids: Explaining kW and kVA
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by Anthony Bennett
2w ago
Electrical devices have many different ratings, but one of the most confusing distinctions for the average consumer is between kilowatts (kW) and kilovolt-amperes (kVA). Kilowatts vs. Kilovolt-Amperes: Decoding the Jargon Half of humanity confuses the relatively easy-to-explain kilowatt-hours with plain kilowatts (you’ll find some good references here for kWh vs kW). But hold onto your ..read more
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Self-Cleaning Solar: Why You Should Avoid Flat Solar Panels
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by Anthony Bennett
2w ago
You may have heard that flat solar panels require regular cleaning, but those angled at 10° or more don’t. But is it really true? In a nutshell, yes. Solar panels angled above horizontal wherever possible can give give better returns with less maintenance. Here’s why. Flat Solar Panels Get Flat-Out Dirty Some years ago I ..read more
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Five-Minute Full Charge? The Promise Of Indium-Anode EV Batteries
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by Finn Peacock
2w ago
Researchers at Cornell University claim their new lithium battery design is capable of fully charging an EV in less than five minutes. If they can commercialise this tech (a big if), that would make filling up a car with electrons as quick as filling up with dinosaur juice. That would be incredible. This leap in ..read more
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The Unseen Craftsmanship of A Good Solar Install: Array Cabling
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by Pat Southwell
2w ago
Did you know that a staggering 90% of solar installation defects are found on the roof? Under the solar panels is where seasoned professionals distinguish themselves, installing systems with a priority on longevity and safety. The hidden solar panel array cabling, often overlooked, speaks volumes about the installer’s dedication—or lack thereof. As a Licensed Electrical ..read more
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