Sam Quennell

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The Battle of Solar and the Grid

Posted by Sam Quennell on 05-Feb-2020 14:21:12

There’s no doubt Australia is playing its part in embracing renewable energy and contributing to the fight against climate change. After all, we as a country did commit to the Paris Agreement. What we didn’t plan for…was the grid being overloaded and network distributors placing export limitations on residential solar systems. Thus, the debate started as to whether it’s fair that two houses side-by-side don’t have the same benefits of solar purely because of the date of installation. The reality is electricity was never meant to move in two directions.

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Topics: incentives, electricity retailer, grid connection, voltage, electricity price

Solar Inverters and High Grid Voltage

Posted by Sam Quennell on 29-Jan-2020 15:51:14

Is your solar inverter tripping throughout the day and you have no idea why? We have been asked this question a lot lately from our customers. The good news is it isn’t the inverter that is causing the issue. It’s high grid voltage and it’s becoming an ongoing problem not just in Victoria, but across Australia.

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Topics: grid connection, demand response, voltage, electricity price

Solar VIC Helping Bushfire Affected Areas

Posted by Sam Quennell on 22-Jan-2020 14:49:20

It has been a devastating summer so far with bushfires wreaking havoc in Victoria and other States across Australia. However, there has been immense support from people and businesses all over the world, willing to donate money to organisations set-up to help those desperately in need.

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Summer grid blackouts

Posted by Sam Quennell on 04-Dec-2019 13:56:45

It’s echoed across the country (around this time) each year that ‘summer blackouts’ are inevitable. Some of us choose to listen, whilst others simply shrug it off. The fact is, there has never been more evidence to suggest that the grid is working overtime. Not just in Western Australia and South Australia either, but right here in our backyard of Victoria.

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Topics: battery storage, residential solar, grid connection

Solar Victoria Officially Release Rebate Information

Posted by Sam Quennell on 19-Jun-2019 12:53:45

Solar Victoria have officially released all information regarding the solar rebates that will be on offer from 1st July 2019.

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Topics: solar energy, sustainability, government incentives, residential solar, incentives, solar pv, solar battery system, solar rebate

The Risks of High Voltage

Posted by Sam Quennell on 29-May-2019 11:37:37

High voltage issues are often ignored or simply not even considered. However, if not managed properly, it can become an annoying problem for your household. In Australia, the normal grid voltage is between 225 and 240 Volts (V). Voltage levels will fluctuate during the day depending on how much power is being drawn from the grid, and how much solar is being sent back. It is up to the electricity distributor to monitor the voltage levels; however, it is becoming more difficult to keep voltage levels below 254V.

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Topics: residential solar, voltage

Important changes to the Victorian solar rebate and our commitment

Posted by Sam Quennell on 02-May-2019 13:12:03

It's fair to say there's a little confusion surrounding the Victorian solar rebate. So, just to clarify, it has closed. However, the rebate will be re-opening from 1st July with even more on offer for Victorians - including:

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Topics: sustainability, residential solar, solar pv, demand response, solar rebate, victorian solar rebate

Two reasons why now is a good time to lock in your solar purchase

Posted by Sam Quennell on 14-Mar-2019 11:07:03

1. The number of STCs being created is higher than the target set 

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Topics: renewable energy, solar energy, sustainability, government incentives, community solar, incentives, solar rebate

Jim's Energy transforms into ekoenergy

Posted by Sam Quennell on 08-Mar-2019 10:16:04

Following a decision not to progress a franchise model, Echo Group has moved away from the Jim's Energy brand, and has officially become ekoenergy.

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Topics: sustainability, residential solar, community solar, solar pv, neighbourhood solar