A Comparative Look: Tesla Powerwall 2 vs Powerwall 3
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by lukecove
1w ago
Tesla Powerwall 2 vs Tesla Powerwall 3 When it comes to batteries, Tesla is the front runner, but do you wait for the powerwall 3, or get the 2? lukecove February 19, 2024 KEY POINTS Powerwall 2 and Power 3 share same total capacity. Continuous output for the Powerwall 2 is 5kW, but the powerwall 3 is 11.5kWh. The choice boils down to how much you will be electricity you’re going to be using at once. Tesla Powerwall 3 is still NOT confirmed for the Australian market. In the ever-evolving landscape of residential energy storage, Tesla continues to be a leading force with its groundbre ..read more
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Energy Giant AGL Quadruples Profit
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by lukecove
2w ago
AGL quadruples profits while accused of price gauging lukecove February 10, 2024 Energy powerhouse AGL recently unveiled a staggering underlying net profit of $399 million for the first half of the fiscal year.  This figure is not only four times the profit reported a year ago but also surpasses expectations by 28%.  The announcement was met with investor enthusiasm, propelling AGL’s share price upward by 15%.  The company attributes this remarkable financial performance to improved market dynamics and an increase in wholesale electricity prices.  However, this latt ..read more
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Solar Finance: How the Savvy Get it Done
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by lukecove
1M ago
Sunstroke or Savings? Borrowing Your Way to Solar Power lukecove January 24, 2024 KEY POINTS High-quality solar systems can be expensive, leaving homeowners like Mark searching for financing options. “0%” solar loans often hide fees and lock you in with specific installers, raising concerns about quality. Mortgage-backed loans offer lower interest rates and greater flexibility for choosing your installer, but come with the risk of borrowing against your home. Seek professional advice from financial advisors and solar installers to make the best decision for your sun-powered future ..read more
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Solar Hacks: EV Plans
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by lukecove
1M ago
Drive Green, Save Green: Why an EV Energy Plan Makes Cents for Solar-Powered Aussies lukecove January 23, 2024 KEY POINTS A few energy retailers are offering lowered rates for EV charging during off-peak time. Using solar with a decent feed in rate for excess may work in your favour. Australia’s love affair with sunshine is well-documented, and with good reason. Not only does it bless us with endless summers and bronzed noses, but it also fuels our growing obsession with a cleaner, greener future: solar power. And what better way to complement your rooftop panels than with the sleek ..read more
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The U.S. Solar Rise & Fall, What Can we Learn?
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by lukecove
1M ago
The U.S. Solar Explosion to Implosion, Are We Next? lukecove January 23, 2024 KEY POINTS The U.S. solar market shrank by over two thirds from 2000 to 2016. Experts estimate over 1,000,000 homeowners now have orphaned systems. Attractive tax benefits and rebates bring bad actors out of the woodwork. Australia, home to some of the world’s best sunlight, has embraced solar energy with gusto. But across the Pacific, the American solar market went through a rollercoaster ride of explosive growth followed by a harsh decline, leaving thousands of homeowners in the lurch. What happened, and ..read more
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Managing Risk When It Comes to Solar
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by lukecove
1M ago
Solar Power: Saving Money or Saving Yourself a Headache? When it comes to electricity, it;s all about risk mitigation! lukecove January 17, 2024 The sun shines for free, so harnessing its power to light up your home sounds like a no-brainer, right? But the world of solar can be as bright and dazzling as it is confusing, with options ranging from dirt-cheap to eye-wateringly expensive. So, where do you land to get the most bang for your buck without becoming a victim of dodgy deals or shoddy workmanship? Let’s navigate the solar spectrum, shedding light on the risks and rewards at each e ..read more
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SolarEdge Power Optimisers VS Enphase Microinverters
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by lukecove
1M ago
SolarEdge Power Optimisers VS Enphase Microinverters AC vs DC: Head to Head! lukecove January 10, 2024 Choosing the right solar inverter system is a crucial decision for homeowners and businesses alike. Both SolarEdge power optimizers and Enphase IQ8 microinverters are popular options, but they offer distinct advantages and disadvantages. This blog post will delve into the key differences between these two technologies, helping you make an informed decision for your solar needs. Understanding The Basics SolarEdge Power Optimizers: These attach to each solar panel in a string and optim ..read more
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STCs Explained
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by lukecove
2M ago
STCs: Your Key to Unlocking Solar Savings in Australia STCs: Everybody loves them, but why? lukecove January 2, 2024 Thinking about switching to solar but feeling lost in the jargon? Let’s shed light on one key term: Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs). They’re not buried treasure, but they could hold the key to significant savings on your solar journey. What Exactly are STCs? STCs are essentially government-issued rewards for choosing clean energy. When you install a small-scale solar system (up to 100kW) in Australia, you automatically earn STCs based on the size and efficien ..read more
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What Are N-Type Panels?
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by lukecove
2M ago
P-Type vs N-Type Panels: A Comparative Guide With so many different acronyms, it's easy to get lost! lukecove December 15, 2023 In this article, we discuss the two titans of solar panel types, The “old guard” that is the P-Type and the new gen N-type "The Solar Battle Field" Imagine a battlefield, not of soldiers, but of electrons. In this realm, sunlight is the commander, and silicon wafers are the battleground. Here, two types of solar panels clash for supremacy: P-type and N-type. Each boasts its own strengths and weaknesses, leaving homeowners wondering which side to join in the q ..read more
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Beginner’s Guide to Solar Jargon
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by lukecove
2M ago
Solar Buyers Cheatsheet: Technical terms With so many different acronyms, it's easy to get lost! lukecove December 15, 2023 In part 2 of this 3-part series, we’ll be honing-in on the many acronyms and technical terms when talking about solar. Read on to become a solar expert and avoid getting confused by a slick, cowboy solar rep! AC vs DC Imagine electricity as a river. AC (alternating current) is like a wild, ever-changing stream, constantly switching directions (like a sine wave). Think of it like a push-pull battle, where electrons surge back and forth. This makes AC ideal for pow ..read more
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