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E-News Issue #101

5 October 2006

An Inconvenient Truth!

This is a recently released movie documentary by Al Gore about global warming. I have heard it is very well done and thought provoking. It is showing in many movie theatres worldwide. For our local people, we are pleased to announce that we are sponsoring the Northern Rivers Greens at the first screening in Lismore - Thursday, October 26 at 6.30pm at Birch, Carroll and Coyle cinema. See you there!

Pole Mount Frames

We are in the process of stocking a range of pole mount frames for 1 to 6 panels (85 or 130W). These are more expensive than our conventional house frames and are mainly suited for locations without a suitable roof - eg remote pumping and telemetry applications.

24V Fluoros

Our stock of compact fluoros in BC fitting have just arrived. We have 15, 23 and 30W available - colour temperature is a cool 6200K. We will have 6 and 9 Watt available in a warm colour with a Sundaya ES17 base at the beginning of November.

Outback Power 60A MPPT Regulator

We have added this to our range of available products. Product code is REG-FM60. It is ideal for long distance transmission of solar power as it can handle 5 - 6 modules in series (and up to 1600W for 24V or 3200W for 48V). View all our Outback Products.

LCD Television

Our article about the energy consumption of LCD televisions in our FAQ section had no figures for screen sizes between 21" and 45". We've now added some data about a popular size that was missing from our list. The television is a 26" (66cm) wide screen Magnavox brand. It is a wide screen (16:9 format); 1366 x 768 resolution; 600:1 contrast ratio and 500 cd/m brightness. The cost was AUD$900. The power used ranged between 94 - 96 watts - generally very steady on 95W. The power used by an LCD appears to be a lot more constant compared with a CRT television which varies quite a lot with screen colour and brightness. It plugs direct into 230V without the external 12 or 24 volt adaptor often found on smaller LCD televisions. On standby it uses 1 - 2 watts (however it 'remembers' its settings if you wish to turn power off at the main switch).

Cheers from Dave and all the RPC crew.

Dave Lambert (Director)

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We install solar systems in Northern NSW and Southern QLD.


QLD:
Gold Coast (from Coolangatta to Southport), Nerang and Hinterland (Beaudesert) and out West (Warwick, Stanthorpe, Killarney)


NSW:
Northern NSW (Tweed Heads to Yamba, including Evans Head, Byron Bay and Ballina); the Far North Coast Hinterland (Grafton via Lismore to Murwillumbah) and out West (Casino to Tenterfield, including Drake and Tabulam, as well as Woodenbong and Bonalbo)

For larger system we also go up to Brisbane or down to Coffs Harbour and even Glen Innes. Other places by arrangement.