Newsletter Archive

E-News Issue #41

5 March 2001

Well, summer is officially gone and we are now into autumn.
It also looks like sales are finally picking up after the post GST slump.

Inverters

The big news this month is the release of four new Selectronic Inverters. These can be wall mounted and come with a 5 year warranty! Please contact me if you would like more details including pricing.

  • WM 800 (800W - 12V)
  • WM 1000 (1000W - 24V)
  • WM 1200 (1200W - 12V)
  • WM 1500 (1500W - 24V)

Micro Hydro

Over the next year you will see some new changes and innovative products in our range of hydro products. Watch this space for more details as they happen.

The first new product is a turgo runner (wheel). It is about 165 mm diameter and would be recommended for heads between four and thirty metres with 3 to 20 litres per second flow rate. It is priced the same as our Pelton runner.

Village Development

We receive many requests from overseas countries for a system "to provide power for my village". Unfortunately, the initial cost of renewable energy is very high as is the cost of reticulating the power to perhaps several dozen homes in a village.

Usually, the cost to power all the houses is too expensive for the villagers to afford. However, by pooling their resources, village people can often greatly improve their life by having a solar/hydro powered community centre. For village development we usually recommend that power be initially provided to a community centre such as a school, church, clinic, community centre or aid post.

Lighting can be provided to enable children and others to study and read at night. In some centres we have placed a few outdoor lights on the veranda or near the centre to encourage community outdoor activities to take place.

A fridge and/or freezer can be provided for vaccines or food (not both in the same unit).

In some cases a TV/VCR, radio or CD/tape player is provided; perhaps a sewing machine to enable people to make and repair clothing and handicrafts; or perhaps a few light power tools for furniture making etc.

A rechargeable torch charging station is another possibility. Such centres often have a teacher, nurse or some such person who can be easily trained to look after the system. Community centres such as this encourage the community to come together whereas trying to provide power to individual private houses can often cause arguments and a breakdown of traditional village life.

Having a central power system which is shared and looked after can lead to a greater awareness and appreciation of renewable energy which may lead to a future expansion of this technology in the form of either an enhanced system for the centre or perhaps the acquisition of individual house systems.

That's all for this month.

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.