Newsletter Archive

E-News Issue #66

Nov 18, 2003

Renewable Energy Certificates

This section only applies to our Australian subscribers who have purchased solar modules from us after 1 April 2001.

In an effort to meet its international obligations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Federal Government has passed a law, effective from 1st April 2001, which requires electricity retailers to source 2% (by 2010) of their electricity from renewable energy sources. The Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 allows the owners of Photovoltaic systems to create Renewable Energy Certificates – RECs – which can be sold to others including electricity retailers in order to meet their target under the Act.

With Christmas around the corner, I thought it would be a good time to offer you a bit of pocket money!

It is a bit too complicated to explain in detail here but you may be eligible to claim and then sell some RECs. If you are, say, living in Brisbane, the rebate for one 80W panel would be $23; 300W of panels $46; 600W is $92; 750W is $165; 1500W is $330. If you are interested in claiming the RECs for panels bought from us, please send me your name and postal address. You will need a copy of your receipt.

If you need a copy, we will need the name to whom we sold the panels so we can retrieve it from our computer.

Low Wattage Appliances

Anthony sent in a few ideas:
a) Rather than using a kettle, can I suggest your readers try a Birko which uses 700 watts. (This is more of a small soup pot than a kettle. It is Aussie made).
b) For hair drying, my fiancé uses a Remington steam straightener which only uses 25 Watts.
c) As for TV, I have an Apple Powerbook G3 with a 14 inch LCD display and I am about to purchase an EYETV USB TV tuner for the powerbook. The EYETV draws its power from the USB port. The powerbook uses 1.875 Amps @ 24V. This is the rated power on the 230V power supply. I haven't actually measured it myself. I have also purchased a 12V-24V auto/air adaptor so I can run the powerbook directly off a 12V battery bank.

Travel Hair Dryers

I have sourced a hair dryer with a 600 and 1200W switch. I could order them in if at least a few people want them. The cost would be AUD$22 (plus GST if you live in Australia).

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.