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E-News Issue #118

13 August 2008

Solar Rebate may RUN out of funds - SOON!

The Solar Home and Communities rebate (for Aussie residents, principle place of residence) may run out of funds in 1 - 4 months (depending on who you speak to). This is the rebate which is generally used for grid-feed solar systems. The rebate for the 50% off grid subsidy is not effected. The Rudd/Garrett gov't not only introduced a $100,000 taxable income threshold, they also capped the number of rebates to 6,000 this financial year. Given the past performance of this gov't (worried about the rebate 'overheating' rather than the environment) we are not confident that they will top up the funds. So we suggest you apply now for the rebate or you might miss out. Let your favourite politician how you feel!

Over 50,000 people have signed an online petition about this rebate.

Sundaya Voltage Adaptors for Radios

We now have 12 volt reducers with a Sundaya D plug on an end down to 3, 4.5, 6, 7.5 and 9 volts DC. These are suitable for running a small radio from a Sundaya solar kit.

Printing Invoices on Re-used paper

Yes, you read that correctly - we aren't using so called recycled paper - we obtain the racing guides from a local pub which are printed on one side. To help save the earth's resources, we now print our Invoices on the opposite side.

New Grid Feed System

We are please to announce that we have replaced our old solar system with a new 11.8kW array made up of 88 x 135W solar panels. These are connected to the grid using three Trace inverters which were installed several years ago. (These inverters will soon be replaced with the new Selectronic SP Pro inverters). The battery bank is regulated using three Plasmatronic PL60 regulators.

View photos of the installation.

Cooking with Gas and plenty of Electricity

One of our customer's, Ian Delaney, has been able to provide the following 'surprises'.

Ian has a Westinghouse GXL540SLP gas oven.

This oven actually turns the gas OFF and re-ignites it every time the thermostat registers a fall in temperature. This is done with a device called a flat plate igniter. A quick check on the internet indicates that these are now commonly used.

The rating plate on the oven says 730 Watts. The ONLY other electric device in the stove is a small oven light...maybe 20 or 30 Watts. There is not even an electric clock or timer (its mechanical).

The oven was on for 2 hours and 5 minutes, and the meter registered 0.42 kWh in this time!

I made sure the owner actually cooked for the whole time (apart from the warm up period) so the oven had a 'real world' heat loading.

Thanks Ian for that - another little hidden 'surprise' for those wanting to know where does all that power 'go'?.

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.