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E-News Issue #138

6 August 2010

It feels like spring is just around the corner and the sun is shining on the 1 mega Watt of solar panels installed so far this year in Australia (according to Sun Wiz Consulting). The current surge in activity both here and overseas is leading to shortages of some of the world's largest producers of solar panels and inverters! Unfortunately, there is some question over the medium term future with both the major political parties in Australia not looking very 'green'!

Trina Panels in the Sunshine State

Trina solar panels have been selected for Queensland 's largest rooftop array at the University of Queensland. The 1.2mW system would need some 6500 x 185W panels!

Rainbow Power Solar Upgrade

Several months ago we upgraded the panels on our roof to 80 x 135W Kyocera panels. Of these, 74 of the panels are used to feed power back into the grid. We were using three Trace inverters to feed the power back into the grid. Being over a decade old, they were not only old, but noisy & inefficient. There was no ability to data log the results. It has taken us quite some time to upgrade the inverters due to a world-wide shortage of SMA products from Germany .

I am please to report that we now have our system completed with the addition of a Sunny Boy 5000 TL, Sunny Backup 5000, Sunny Mini Central 5000A, AS-S.I Switchbox and a Sunny Webbox. This allows our system to be monitored world wide via the internet! See our power output!

New! 12V Strip Lighting

We now have a new LED striplight available – its clever design makes them a lot more versatile than many other similar products.

LCD Television Energy Usage

One of our customers purchased a 230/12 Volt wide screen LCD Tyagi 24" television on ebay. It uses 40 watts which is pretty good. Compare energy consumption of some other televisions.

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.