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Going Solar in Australia is easy – Choosing the right installer

By admin on June 15th, 2015

Practicing a little discipline in power consumption could save money as well the planet in terms of slowing down global warming. Did you ever think in terms of going solar? Going solar has its own advantages as every other website would tell you.

If you cannot cut down on power consumption, the best way to save money and save the world would be to get solar panels installed. Contrary to popular perception about efficiency of solar power and supply on dark days, the technology has evolved and today, you really will face no problems using it 24 X 7.

While solar industry is more popular in underdeveloped countries and remote or undeveloped areas of developing and developed countries in absence of electric supply, today, these areas have better power supply than those served by the electric companies.

Coming to facts and figures, solar panels are not as complicated as they seem to be and are easy to install. Again, don’t pursue the DIY path, it is not as easy as it seems. Getting a company or a consultant to install them is a good idea. Before selection, consider the following:

  1. Certification: The installer you choose should be certified or accredited by the relevant agency. In UK, it is mandatory that such installer is certified by MSC, failing which the installation will not qualify for the feed-in to the electricity company or receive payments for the same. In Australia, the Clean Energy Council Accreditation Scheme is available that conducts the CPD (Continued Professional Development) programs for installers and designers. The best of installers are always certified by multiple agencies relevant to that country.
  2. Inspection: Make sure that the installer visits your home or office where the installation is intended to get the right preview of installation and assess suitability. A good installer will also suggest the right panels and work on the specific and customized requirements.
  3. Warranty: A good and certified installer will always give you a warranty on workmanship for at least 1 year. Solar panels themselves generally come with a 20 year warranty and the additional inverters and batteries have a lesser warranty period of around 5 years.
  4. References: If you have any doubts about the installer, you can ask for references of his previous work and get the right feedback directly from the horse’s mouth.
  5. Sales talk: Many installers may talk sales but will not walk the entire path as discussed. Don’t give in to tactics like limited period offers and other such sales tricks. Buy right, buy at leisure.
  6. Quotations: Ask for quotations from at least three installers and ensure that you compare them after reading and understanding all of them. This will ensure that you make the right and an informed decision.

From an Australian purview, solar technology has caught on very well in the country and after ensuring that the technology is right there for the undeveloped areas to use, the urban areas are also looking forward to save on energy bills and ensure that they leave a greener legacy for the next generation. If you live in Australia, it is imperative that you have access to the best options to go solar quickly. The best way to begin would be to ask for Australian solar quotes and start saving money and the planet.

FR360-An Eco-Friendly and Versatile Travel Gadget

By Anny on May 27th, 2013

We have seen solar powered outdoor gadgets which can serve multiple purposes such as cooking, charging your accessories and also for listening music. However, the FR360 is one gadget that can work both on solar power and can also be powered by a hand crank. In case you choose to, it can also be powered by 3 AAA batteries and also by an external adaptor. This unique gadget contains a built-in radio, access to the NOAA weather band, a powerful torch, a LED flasher and also an USB phone charger. This ensures that you always stay connected and with a handy flashlight and access to your local radio while you’re traveling. The feature to charge by a had crank is especially useful when your caught in a bad weather or in case of power outages.

FR360-An Eco-Friendly and Versatile Travel Gadget

The Radio is supports AM (520-1710 KHz)  and FM(87-108 MHz).It can play all the local weather band channels along with weather alerts. The torch is powered by 4 LED’s and also included is a flashing red LED light. A telescopic antenna helps you stay connected in all areas. You can charge your phones and other electronic accessories which arepowered by an USB source by using the USB power output given by the device. Also included is an alarm clock and headphone jack. The FR360 is your perfect travel accessory with a whole range of features that usually require multiple gadgets.

The device is recommended to be fully charged while you are on the move, and in case it doesn’t recharge due to lack of solar light-you can use the crank to generate the power. Its weighs 453 gms and has a dimension of 6.25“-6.5“-2.75“.

The gadget is a special edition Red Cross product and $0.49 to $1.00 from each sale would be contributed to the American Red Cross society. You can buy the FR360 from the below link, or can also purchase it from Amazon and Best Buy.


Sun Ray Pro Power Panel Charger (P102)

By Anny on April 1st, 2013

Here’s a feasible solution to all your charging needs. Be it a phone or any gadget which charges from an USB source, you can use the below portable device to charge them while on the move. The power panel uses solar energy to charge your devices and provides up to 2 watts of power which can be transmitted through a USB port. It’s quite useful when you are on the move, or outdoors as in while camping or trekking. The device does away with the necessity of a power source and can be used by just leaving it outdoors to face the sun.

Sun Ray Pro Power Panel Charger (P102)

The device gives about 30% more energy when compared to other similar panels and is economicallypriced at $39.  The USB port is compatible with many devices and the package also includes adapters for Sony, Nokia and Samsung phones (Do check out the supporting phone models on the product page). It however cannot be used for charging an iPhone, iPad or an iPod.

The panel gives you a charge of up to 600mAh phone in 1.5 hours (Standard conditions) and consists of a durable ABS frame with dimensions of 6.9 in long, 3.9 in wide, 0.4 in thickness. It weighs just 84 grams and can be conveniently carried in your backpack. The device is recommended to be placed in direct sunlight and not behind a shade or a window.

The Sun Ray Pro Power Panel (P102) is a perfect accessory especially while you are traveling as it gives an easy and optimum charge within no time. You can purchase the Sun Ray Power Panel (P102) by accessing the below link.You can also check their range of solar lights, rechargeable batteries and other chargers.

Sun Ray Pro Power Panel Charger (P102)

Decision To Lease A Aolar Panel Instead Of Buying It

By Dev on September 5th, 2012

Decision To Lease A Aolar Panel Instead Of Buying It

Renewable sources of energy are becoming increasingly popular and the sun’s energy is a resource that can be tapped into all year round. The average cost of installing a solar panel system is between £3,000 and £3,500. However, consumers can reap the rewards of free energy and cut the price of their existing electricity bills.

Enhanced Power Efficiency With A Breakthrough Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell

By Dev on August 19th, 2012

Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell

Solar power is known as an alternative source of energy production, a known sustainable energy solution available with no additional cost than solar technology which human beings have achieved.


Floating Luxury Resort Only With Affordable Solar Cells For Energy Generation

By Dev on August 17th, 2012

Solar Energy

Use of solar energy as cheap energy option available for hotels may not be new idea, especially we green technologies have emerged and entered in our lives completely. However, a luxury floating hotel conception that would use low cost, dye sensitized solar cells will certainly bringexcites and novelty among the people, especially resorts lovers. In combination with our second example, an Italian industrial designer Michele Puzzolante has brought his concept of floating masterpiece with exclusive self-sustaining capacity in terms of power.


Five Unconventional Uses of Solar Power

By Dev on July 4th, 2012

Solar energy is great blessing for our planet and thousands of its uses are beneficial to fulfill the energy demands of whole universe. There are millions of gadgets today which use solar panels for their charging and give the safe and economical green energy to us. These solar gadgets not only help us in energy conservation but they are much economical and reduce the electrical expenses.

There are various other uses of solar powered, according to recent researches being made on related topics of the interest for Going Green technology. In this way, we will be able to conserve our natural resources and high consumption of energy usage for our daily needs. Here are some of the unconventional uses of solar energy in our daily life.

1.     Solar powered pope mobile Solar Powered Pope Mobile

After an attack on Pope John Paul 11, now pop is using Pope mobiles- a bullet proof vehicle to ensure the full security and safety of Pope while he is making public appearance in front of a mob. Considering the number of appearances and pollution due to Mercedes Benz, pope desired to replace this costly vehicle with something more energy efficient, and Pop mobile was offered. This is a solar powered secured mobile which will save lot of financial expenses and petroleum natural resources will be saved. This is an idea which yet needs to be publicized and this is the Pope idea which is so helpful for our environment.